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Kahn's Redsfest 2006 returns this weekend
11/29/2006 4:05 PM ET
CINCINNATI -- After a two-year absence, Kahn's Redsfest 2006, presented by Great American Insurance Group, benefiting the Reds Community Fund returns to the Queen City this weekend.

The popular fan festival will be held at the renovated Duke Energy Center in downtown Cincinnati from 4:00 to 11:00 p.m. on Friday and from noon to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday. Season ticket holders will have early access Saturday beginning at 10:00 a.m.. One-day tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for fans 12 and under, while two-day tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for kids. Tickets are available at the door or now via the internet at reds.com, by phone locally at (513) 381-REDS or toll free at (877) 647-REDS and at all area Meijer stores.

The event, which includes fan interaction, autographs and photos with current and former players, was not held in 2004 or 2005 because of construction on the convention center.

As part of the first day's festivities, at approximately 5:50 p.m. on the main stage the Reds will unveil their new uniforms as part of a fashion show presented by Macy's. The first 10,000 fans attending Redsfest each day will receive a commemorative beverage koozie depicting the team's new uniform style.

Also on Friday, former Reds pitcher Rob Dibble of Fox Sports Net will use Redsfest as the backdrop for a taped segment of FSN's Best Damn Sports Show Period, and Reds star pitcher Bronson Arroyo will highlight a concert that is scheduled to feature several local acts beginning at 7:30. Reds radio rightsholder 700 WLW will broadcast SportsTalk live from the floor from 6:00 to 9:00, while Major League Baseball national partner XM Satellite Radio also will broadcast live.

On Redsfest Saturday, the Reds Community Fund Celebrity Poker Tournament will be held in the grand ballroom beginning at 7:00 p.m.. Celebrities will include current and former Reds players, coaches, front office executives and local personalities. Participants must be 21 years old, and the tax-deductible entry fee is $200 person. To sign up for the tournament, visit reds.com or call (513) 765-7019. Tickets at $30 are available to fans 21 and older who just want to watch the action.

Other activities scheduled for the main stage on Saturday include a kids' only press conference involving Reds players, a Reds Idol National Anthem contest, Hooters wing eating contest, Reds Hot Stove Report with general manager Wayne Krivsky and manager Jerry Narron.

Fans will be able to enjoy several exhibits from the Reds Hall of Fame, a Reds memorabilia gallery sponsored by Hooters, Buddy's Carpet Field of Dreams, Belterra Sports Bar and an interactive area that will feature the Meijer Fun Zone, Careerbuilder.com batting cage, Snappy Tomato Pizza speed pitch, steal home challenge and Gorilla Glue little league slugger home run challenge.

At www.reds.com/redsfest, fans can keep updated on ticket information, confirmed activities, events and current/former players attending Kahn's Redsfest 2006, presented by Great American Insurance Group, benefiting the Reds Community Fund. That special site also can be accessed via www.reds.com.

Scheduled to attend this weekend are manager Jerry Narron; coaches Mark Berry, Tom Hume, Brook Jacoby, Dick Pole and Mike Stefanski; current players Bronson Arroyo, Juan Castro, Brandon Claussen, Todd Coffey, Bubba Crosby, Chris Denorfia, Ryan Freel, Brendan Harris (Friday only), Gary Majewski, Kent Mercker (Saturday only), Brandon Phillips, David Ross, Brian Shackelford, Javier Valentin and Brandon Watson; former players Todd Benzinger, Tom Browning (Saturday only), Leo Cardenas, Dave Concepcion, Eric Davis, Rob Dibble, George Foster, Tommy Helms, Lee May, Joe Nuxhall, Mario Soto, Ted Power and Jim O'Toole; top prospects Jay Bruce, Chris Dickerson, Phil Dumatrait, Paul Janish, Tyler Pelland and Chris Valaika; and broadcasters Jeff Brantley, Marty Brennaman, Thom Brennaman, George Grande and Chris Welsh.

Kahn's Redsfest preliminary event listing
All events subject to change
Chevrolet Main Stage
Friday, Dec. 1
5:00-5:30, Reds Community Fund press conference
5:30-6:00, Reds Fashion Show presented by Macy's, featuring the unveiling of the Reds' new uniforms
6:15-7:00, Best Damn Sports Show Period taping with Rob Dibble
7:30-11:00, Buddy Rogers Music Cincinnati Clutch Hits CD release concert featuring Bronson Arroyo, Freekbass, Screaming Mimes, psychodots and Noah Hunt and The All Stars

Saturday, Dec. 2
10:00-11:00 a.m., Season ticket holders taping I Live For This spots
11:00-noon, Season ticket holders press conference with Reds players
12:15-1:00, Concepcion for Cooperstown press conference
1:00-2:00, Reds Idol National Anthem contest
2:00-3:00, Hooters wing eating contest
2:30-3:30, Reds Hot Stove Report with Wayne Krivsky, Jerry Narron and others
3:30-3:50, Card Wars presented by Planet Collectibles
4:00-5:00, Kids only press conference with Reds players
5:00-6:00, TBA
6:00-6:20, Card Wars presented by Planet Collectibles
6:20-6:40, Bronson Arroyo acoustic concert
6:40-8:00, Bronson Arroyo signs his Covering the Bases CD
7:00-midnight, Reds Community Fund celebrity poker tournament

Buddy's Carpet "Field of Dreams" little league diamond
Field activities will include a celebrity home run derby, an adult wiffle ball tournament, youth clinics given by Champions Baseball Academy and wiffle ball batting practice for kids of all ages.

Belterra Sports Bar furnished by Watson's
Featuring pool tables, foosball tables & two 72" plasma televisions broadcasting live sporting events

Interactive Areas
Meijer Fun Zone featuring video games, baseball inflatable bouncer/slide, Cracker Jack stack, wild pitch interactive, double play interactive, Careerbuilder.com batting cage, Snappy Tomato Pizza speed pitch, steal home challenge and Gorilla Glue little league slugger home run challenge.

Majestic Merchandise Area
Featuring the latest Reds gear, including new uniform jersey tops.

Reds Ticketing Area
Featuring information about premium, season and group tickets & Reds gift cards.

Reds Hall of Fame Exhibit featuring National Baseball Hall of Fame
Negro Leagues display, Latino Beisbol presented by Chiquita display, Women in Baseball presented by Kroger display, minor league baseball team map presented by Delta and a minor league hat wall presented by New Era.

Reds Memorabilia Gallery sponsored by Hooters

Reds Community Area
Featuring silent auctions and the opportunity to purchase grab bags and baseball memorabilia such as jerseys, hats and bats. Proceeds to benefit the Reds Community Fund.

Photo Opportunities
Reds.com Dream Room with "register to win," Great American Insurance Group team photo featuring 2006 Reds team, Superior Dental Care clubhouse scene featuring GABP replica lockers, Wyler Automotive Family "At the Wall Catch."

Interactive Vehicles
Chevrolet rock n' roll display, Pepsi MLB tour vehicle, Budweiser "B" Lounge, Time Warner kids truck.

Autograph Booths
Great American Insurance Group, Duke Energy, Planet Collectibles, Kroger/Kid Cuisine, Fujitec.

Photograph Booths
National City, Cincinnati Bell Yellow Pages, Skyline.

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