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OKC Dodgers Welcome Guests to 2019 Fan Fest

Fifth-annual free event kicks off the OKC Dodgers season at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark

Participants in the Dodger Dog Eating Contest tried to eat as many Dodger Dogs as they could during a five-minute span. Photo by Cody Roper/OKC Dodgers.

A full slate of fun, free activities greeted guests who walked through the gates of Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark Saturday, March 16 for Oklahoma City Dodgers Fan Fest.

Plenty of sunshine and cool temperatures helped provide a welcome atmosphere throughout the three-hour-long event, which served as a kickoff point for the OKC Dodgers’ 2019 baseball season.

The fifth-annual Fan Fest began with a morning session of Goat Yoga on the outfield lawn as close to 40 participants interacted with free-roaming goats during the hour-long class.

A morning Goat Yoga session included both humans and goats as the animals had free reign to interact with participants throughout the hour-long session. Photos by Cody Roper/OKC Dodgers.

Throughout the day, guests to Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark could participate in behind-the-scenes tours of the Dodgers clubhouse, take swings in the indoor batting cages or visit a petting zoo.

Numerous activities were set up throughout the concourse, such as face painters, human foosball, games of bingo, inflatables, concessions and a beer tasting in the COOP Beer Garden. Fans could also participate in Select-A-Seat to determine their seat locations for OKC Dodgers games throughout the upcoming season.

Numerous activities awaited guests during 2019 Fan Fest at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Photos by Cody Roper/OKC Dodgers.

Participants in the Dodger Dog Eating Contest tried to down as many Dodger Dogs and buns as they could in five minutes. Winner Robert McKinney ate 11 Dodger Dogs.

Robert McKinney (photo on right) devoured a record 11 Dodger Dogs during the Dodger Dog Eating Contest at Fan Fest. Photos by Cody Roper/OKC Dodgers.

A kids food contest involved locating a piece of gum hidden in a plate full of whipped cream without using their hands. Winner Bailey Krajnik was the first to locate the gum and blow a bubble.

Bailey Krajnik (photo on right) successfully found a hidden piece of gum in a pile of whipped cream and was the first to blow a bubble in the kids food contest at Fan Fest. Photos by Cody Roper/OKC Dodgers.

Dugout Dialogue featured Dodgers Director of Broadcasting and Communications Alex Freedman discussing current topics in the sports world with ESPN College Football Writer Jake Trotter and The Oklahoman Sports reporter Jacob Unruh.

OKC Dodgers Director of Broadcasting and Communications Alex Freedman (left) discussed current sports topics with The Oklahoman’s Jacob Unruh (center) and ESPN’s Jake Trotter (right). Photos by Cody Roper/OKC Dodgers.

Guests had the chance to participate in a large game of Simon Says on the outfield lawn led by A. Jaye Johnson, senior director of community relations and facilities at the Boys and Girls Club of Oklahoma County.

Numerous participants jumped into a game of Simon Says with leader A. Jaye Johnson on the outfield lawn at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Photos by Cody Roper/OKC Dodgers.

Throughout the event, National Anthem Tryouts presented by The Oklahoman and the OKC Dodgers also took place on the Mickey Mantle Plaza.

Close to 90 individuals and groups took the stage throughout the day, auditioning in front of a live audience for the chance to sing or play “The Star-Spangled Banner” before OKC Dodgers home games during the 2019 season.

Brittany Attaway was named the winner of National Anthem Tryouts and won the chance to perform as part of the OKC Dodgers’ Opening Night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

National Anthem Tryouts presented by The Oklahoman and OKC Dodgers took place on the Mickey Mantle Plaza during Fan Fest. Photos by Cody Roper/OKC Dodgers.

Guests were able to get their first glimpses of the newly renovated playing surface and LED field lights installed during the offseason at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

Members of the Blue Crüe and team mascots Brix and Brooklyn were on hand throughout the day to provide a fun, lively atmosphere and entertain the almost 1,800 guests in attendance at Fan Fest.

The OKC Dodgers’ baseball season officially starts with the team’s first home game Thursday, April 4 against the San Antonio Missions at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

For more information about the upcoming season, or to purchase tickets, please call (405) 218–2182 or visit okcdodgers.com.

Mascots Brooklyn and Brix joined members of the Blue Crüe to dance on the dugouts, pose for photos and interact with guests throughout Fan Fest. Photos by Cody Roper/OKC Dodgers.

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Lisa Johnson

Lisa Johnson

Communications Manager for the Oklahoma City Dodgers