BRIDGEWATER, NJ - FanFest, the annual spring ritual that precedes the Somerset Patriots' Spring Training and Opening Day, will  take place on Saturday, April 8th at TD Bank Ballpark from noon-3 p.m.

Fan Fest is a FREE admission event and includes a chance for fans to meet and get autographs from baseball legend and the team’s manager emeritus Sparky Lyle, 2015 Atlantic League Manager of the Year Brett Jodie and his coaches, as well as several players from the 2017 team.

The first 500 kids in attendance will receive a Somerset Patriots Hat. Fans will be able to participate in carnival games and activities, as well as be entertained by clowns, face painters, and Sparkee, Slider and General Admission. All kids will get to run the bases after the game.

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Throughout Fan Fest, the team will provide an exclusive one-day only April/May Ticket Special. Fans that buy tickets to any April or May game will receive a second game free. The Patriots will also be providing fans with the opportunity to purchase a 12-Game Mini Plan and get the second for half-price and Flex Ticket books (22 tickets) for $150 (actual value $242). Fans can check out available Season Ticket seat availability while at the ballpark.

The Patriots will also have a special announcement about the 2017 Atlantic League All-Star game, which will be played at TD Bank Ballpark July 12th as part of the team's 20th anniversary commemoration.

An 1860’s-style Base Ball Game will take place between the Flemington Neshanock and Atlantic Base Ball Club on the field at 12:15 pm. After the game is complete, all kids will get to run the bases.

Kids between the ages of 10-15 will be able to interview with Spearhead Staffing representatives for the chance to become the Somerset Patriots Kid CEO for the 2017 season; the winner will have the opportunity to work and learn all the different aspects of running a baseball team.

There will be live music throughout the event by Acoustic Road; HomePlate Catering & Hospitality will open the concession stands for fans to enjoy their favorite ballpark fare.

Fans can take tours of the Diamond Club and the luxury suites, which are available for group outings throughout the season. Fans will also be able to see the Birthday Suite, which opened last season.

The Patriots Team Store will be open and unveil new apparel featuring 20th Season and All-Star themed merchandise.

Various marketing partners will be on the concourse including TD Bank, AT&T, Branchburg Sports Complex, Operation Shoebox New Jersey and others.

Tickets to the 2017 Somerset Patriots season, which includes the team’s 20th Anniversary, are on sale now.  For more information, stop by the ballpark, call (908) 252-0700, or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.