Special events hit it out of the park

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Wilson Tobs 2019 baseball has already exploded onto the summer scene, paving the way for what should prove to be an exciting, interactive schedule for fans. Favorite events are returning and new themes and community events have been added.

“Wilson Tobs Baseball is a top level collegiate summer baseball team that competes in the highly regarded Coastal Plain League,” said Tobs general manager Mike Bell. “But the Tobs also aim to provide a high entertainment atmosphere to the Wilson community every game with many different promotions that are fun for all.”

For instance, the eighth annual Beer and BBQ Festival is Saturday, June 1.

Bands, barbecue and Thirsty Thursdays are all included on the event roster this season, but so are several “focus events” that shine a spotlight on community issues and causes.

Tuesday, June 4, will feature a “Read Around the Bases” celebration, the culmination of a reading achievement rewards program in Wilson elementary schools. As students reached reading goals and earned “runs,” they were rewarding with a ticket to the June 4 game. Each student could earn up to six tickets. Game time is 7 p.m.

A fan favorite event, Bark in the Park, returns June 9. Dogs are invited to watch the game at this special event. The humans are encouraged to take dog items for donation to area animal causes.

The seventh annual Home Run for Hunger event on Sunday, June 23, will collect food for several local food pantries. Last year’s event collected more than 30,000 pounds of nonperishable food items. Food collection actually began in March at various venues and culminates at the June 23 game. Fans who donate at least four nonperishable food items at any time during the season will receive a free ticket to the game day celebration. Game time is 6 p.m.

July 2 brings the annual holiday fireworks extravaganza to Fleming Stadium. The 15- to 20-minute post-game fireworks show can be seen far beyond the stadium fences. Game time is 6:15 p.m.

Local heroes and the military will be honored at an appreciation night, July 18. Veterans, active military, police, firefighters, 911 telecommunicators and EMS personnel all receive free admission to the game, and the evening begins with a pre-game police vs fire charity softball match-up. Chris Hagan and his band keep the celebration going with a post-game concert. Game time is 7:15 p.m.

Paint the Park Pink Night will be celebrated on Thursday, July 25. This fundraiser is a breast cancer awareness event, raising money for Wilson women who can not afford mammograms by auctioning pink jerseys. The celebration continues with a post-game concert by Matty Beggs. Game time is 7:15 p.m.