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July 13, 2009 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – The RiverHawks host the league’s annual midsummer classic at 7:05 p.m. on Wednesday, July 15 in the culmination of two days of festivities. Planned events include a game between former Chicago White Sox and Cubs, the return of the Principal Financial Group Family Fun Fest, a golf outing, home-run derby, fireworks and numerous autograph opportunities. The national anthem will be performed by Wayne Messmer, the public-address announcer at Wrigley Field.

Tickets for the All-Star Game are $15. A two-day pass for all events at Road Ranger Stadium is $25. Call (815) 885-BALL for ticket information.

The Frontier League All-Star Game has sold out each of the last 10 years. Last year’s two-day All-Star events drew more than 9,000 to Wuerfel Park, home of the Traverse City Beach Bums.

The kickoff is at noon Tuesday, July 14 with the All-Star Banquet at the Clock Tower Resort for players, coaches, league staff and event sponsors.

The Clock Tower Resort and CoCo Key Water Resort, at 7801 E. State St., is the Official Hotel of the 2009 Frontier League All-Star Game. Call (815) 398-6000 for reservations.

Stars of yesterday take center stage for much of that evening in the Cubs/Sox Legends Game. There is a kids clinic beginning at 2pm put on by the Cubs/Sox Legends. Two autograph sessions, 4-5 p.m. for the former major-leaguers, and 5-6 p.m. for the Frontier League All-Stars, takes place prior to the Jim Beam Legends Game, which starts at 6 p.m.

The league’s annual Home Run Derby sponsored by Rasmussen College follows at 8:30 p.m. While that’s going on, the Legends will return to the autograph tables at 9 p.m. for a second one-hour signing session. Following the Home Run Derby, the RiverHawks will hold a live Cubs/White Sox jersey auction with all proceeds going to the Chicago Baseball Cancer Charities.

The action starts early on July 15 with the start of the All-Star Golf Outing scheduled for 8 a.m. at Timber Pointe Golf Course in Poplar Grove., 5750 Woodstock Rd.

The Principal Financial Group Family Fun Fest, which features 25 inflatable play structures, games and a traveling baseball museum, opens at 4 p.m. The gates of Road Ranger Stadium also open at 4 p.m. for an autograph session with the all-stars.

There will be a military flyover prior to the start of the game and fireworks will follow the game.

The RiverHawks are members of the Frontier League, a 12-team independent professional baseball league in its 17th season. The RiverHawks host the 2009 Frontier League All-Star Game at 7:05 p.m. on July 15. Advertising and ticket information is available by calling (815) 885-2255. Fans can also visit the RiverHawks online at www.rockfordriverhawks.com. Most games are broadcast live on ESPN 1380, and on the team website.


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