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Winter’s End in Sight, Blueclaws FanFest Ahead

It’s so cold that people stifle inside their overcoats when the temps climb into the 30s. There’s more snow on the way. That can mean only one thing: Get ready for Ocean County’s Boys of Summer.

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The Lakewood Blueclaws’ FanFest ’13 rolls out on March 2. It’s the annual first day that tickets to all 70 games are offered for sale. This year, that includes admissions to the 2013 South Atlantic League All Star Game and Celebrity Hitting Challenge, all at First Energy Park this year.

The day-long extravaganza also features free food, music and pony rides, building excitement for the season that starts April 4.

This year, FanFest goes beyond fun. If the effects of Hurricane Sandy have left you at the end of your string, you can speak right at the park to staffers from the Mental Health Association of Ocean County. If you’re done with your old cell phone, bring it along for collection by Cell Phones for Soldiers.

New General Manager Brandon Marano says that prices stay at last year’s levels – $10 for adults, $7 for youngsters and seniors. During FanFest, the prices are reduced by a dollar.

Anyone who brings a nonperishable food donation gets a voucher for free admission to an April home game. The items are distributed by Catholic Charities thrughout the region. Parents receive a free pass to the Kids’ Zone for each one they buy.

There are 17 post-game fireworks displays for various events on the schedule, which Marano says is a record high.

Phone and Internet sales begin March 4.


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