(VIDEO) Astros to hold 2014 FanFest on Saturday

(VIDEO) Astros to hold 2014 FanFest on Saturday
January 25, 2014, 10:00 am
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CSNHouston Staff

It’s time again for the Houston Astros annual FanFest, presented by Xfinity.

This year the free event will take place on Saturday, Jan. 25 at Minute Maid Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Vouchers to enter the event will be available at the box office. Activity vouchers will be available for purchase inside the event at designated retail locations. Free parking will be available in Astros-controlled lots A, B and C.

Current and former Astros players as well as select front office personnel will be on hand for the FanFest for several activities throughout the day, including autograph sessions.

Here is the schedule:

11 a.m.              Gates open

11:00-1:00       Batting Practice on the Field, Photos in the Dugout

1:00-1:20         Story Time with Milo Hamilton

 2:00-2:30        Orbit Autograph Session

 1:30-3:00        Run the Bases, Throws in the Astros Bullpen

Other activities include a mechanical bull, rock wall, inflatables, face painters, balloon artists, vendor expo, caricature artist, garage sale, mystery grab bags, fan forums, and clubhouse tours.

Also, several new fan forums will be conducted throughout the day in the Diamond Club:

11:30-11:50     The Future, with Asst. GM David Stearns, Dir. of Player Development Quinton McCracken and prospects George Springer and Mark Appel (emceed by Bill Brown)

12:00-12:20     Q&A with Bo Porter (emceed by Steve Sparks)

12:30-12:50     All-Stars, with Jose Altuve and Jason Castro (emceed by Bill Brown)

1:00-1:20         Story Time with Milo Hamilton

1:30-1:50         New Faces, with Scott Feldman, Chad Qualls, Matt Albers and Jesse Crain (emceed by Steve Sparks)

2:00-2:20         Q&A with Jeff Luhnow (emceed by Bill Brown)

Three different types of autograph sessions will take place throughout the day: Players, Legends and a free Kids-Only autograph session (available to children 14 years or younger). For each player and legends autograph session, 200 vouchers will be sold to ensure that each fan that purchases a voucher will be guaranteed to get through the line. Any remaining player and Legends autograph vouchers will be available for on-site purchase at FanFest for $20 per session. Assigned players will not be announced prior to the sessions, as they will be randomly assigned by lottery.

Astros players, prospects and legends appearing at FanFest include Matt Albers, Jose Altuve, Mark Appel, Brandon Backe, Doug Brocail, Chris Carter, Jason Castro, Carlos Correa, Jarred Cosart, Jesse Crain, Larry Dierker, Matt Dominguez, Scott Feldman, Josh Fields, Michael Foltynewicz, Robbie Grossman, Milo Hamilton, Lucas Harrell, L.J. Hoes, John Hudek, Dallas Keuchel, Marc Krauss, Brett Oberholtzer, Brad Peacock, Bo Porter, Chad Qualls, J.R. Richard, Francisco Romero, George Springer, Max Stassi, Brett Wallace, Bob Watson, Jimmy Wynn and Josh Zeid.  All players and legends are subject to change.

Clubhouse Tours will also be offered every 30 minutes during FanFest. Tours begin at 11:30 a.m. and run until 2:30 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase for $20 inside the Diamond Club lobby.

The majority of all proceeds from FanFest will benefit The Astros Foundation’s programs serving at-risk youth in Houston.

The FanFest is usually the last event of a week long Astros Caravan, but this year, the Caravan will last two more days after the FanFest. Click here for the remaining schedule.

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