The fourth annual Bash at the Ballpark event, hosted by the Russellville Chamber of Commerce, will be held on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Arkansas Tech baseball field. If the game is rained out, it will be moved to April 28 and will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Admission to the event and to the game following it are both free. Children ages 5 – 12 may enter in a drawing to win the chance to throw out the first pitch of the game following the event. People coming out may also pick up photographs of the Wonder Boys for team members to autograph. Following the event the Wonder Boys will host the Southeastern Oklahoma State University Savage Storm at 2 p.m.
Tabatha Duvall, the communication director for the Chamber of Commerce, has been helping to coordinate the event along with the Promotions and Events Committee, which helps to oversee and coordinate the events the Chamber of Commerce is involved in. According to Duvall, there have been upwards of a 1,000 people who have come to the event each year in the past. That number has continued to grow each year.
“As long as the weather cooperates, we are hoping to have that 1,300 to 1,500 or more. We would love to see more,” Duvall said.
The event is a chance for the community to come out in a show of support for the Wonder Boys and also have fun while doing it. According to David Dawson, the head baseball coach at Arkansas Tech, the event is also something the team members enjoy putting on each year as well.
“It’s our biggest day of the year and the biggest crowds we have. There’s so much energy around the ballpark and our guys love it and it’s such a great day for the baseball program,” Dawson said.
The idea for the event was originally put forth after some chamber members saw a similar one put on by the Boston Chamber of Commerce for a Red Sox game.