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Many Come To First-Ever Triple A All Star Game Reno Fanfest

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The first-ever Triple-A All-Star Reno Fanfest is bringing out many people to the Reno Events Center this weekend.

I met with locals, and those who live as far away as Massachusetts, who went to Fanfest ahead of Wednesday's Triple-A All-Star Game at Aces Ballpark.

"I've been looking forward to this a long time," said Veronica Crew of Sparks. "I see it really as a once-in-a-lifetime event, and it'll be a long time before we see it again in Reno."

Now, it's all coming together and the Reno Aces front office says this whole week will be great for our local economy.

"We got every executive from Minor League Baseball, Triple-A Baseball that's going to be here, and representatives from Major League Baseball will be here," said Eric Edelstein, Chief Operating Officer with the Reno Aces. "Thousands of room nights throughout the area. It's absolutely positive. It's also in the middle of the week. It's during an off-peak time as well."

There's no shortage of things to do at Fanfest. People can check out jersey and hat displays from all the Triple-A teams. You can test your arm in the speed pitch area. There's also batting cages, a base-running station, along with a wiffle ball field presented by KTVN Channel 2 News. A stage is also reserved for some musical entertainment.

Fans waited in long lines to get autographs from former stars like JT Snow, Jack Clark and Steve Finley.

Clark talked to me about how the All Star Game is good for not just the players, but also northern Nevada.

"Bringing in some players and a lot of young kids have an opportunity, especially in this economy," Clark said. "They have a turnout like this. It's great for Reno and baseball, and for these young players, they obviously owe a lot to the fans."

Fanfest was also a chance for families to spend time together.

"It's awesome to spend time with my family," said Jack Swain of Sparks. "I like being here with them and competing against my brothers in the challenges."

"Fanfest has been great to get us together as a family because we really like baseball, and we really like doing things together," said Stephanie Burfield of Sparks.

In case you missed it, Fanfest continues Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Aside from that, there's still plenty of events to check out:

The Triple-A Home Run Derby will be held at Aces Ballpark on Monday night. The bats start cracking at 7:05 p.m.

And, the All-Star Game will also be held at the ballpark. First pitch is set for Wednesday at 6:05 p.m.

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