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August 22, 2013

'Weekend Smash' set to benefit Outlaws

A casino night, family fun day and a concert by folk-rock band America are on tap for this weekend in what organizers are calling “Weekend Smash.”

Presented by the Oneonta Outlaws in conjunction with the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce and Five Star Subaru, the weekend of events is a fundraiser for the team, owner Gary Laing explained. 

“As we use the field, we’re finding out that there’s a lot of things that are not there that we need, which are very expensive,” Laing said. “We’re finding these things out so that, in the future, we can make improvements to the field and the area around it.” 

Besides that, Laing said, he hopes the event will give people in the community a chance to get together and have a good time. 

Otsego County Chamber Executive Director Barbara Ann Heegan called the event “what our community is all about — getting together enjoying the beauty and charm of our ball park, being good neighbors and enjoying the quality of life that surrounds us with some fun activities for the entire family all weekend long.” 

“This is going to be a great community event and an opportunity for people to see an incredible band that has stood the test of time up close. The fact that they are stopping in Oneonta is pretty special,” said Terry Potter, owner of Millennia Entertainment, who helped to line up the performers for the event. “We are expecting a great turnout; these guys are great!”

Weekend Smash will kick off Friday with a casino night under a tent on the baseball field. The $10 admission fee will include chips to play, with additional chips available. The top three chip collectors will have a choice of prizes. A Chinese auction will be included. 

Saturday will be Kids Day at the ballpark, with a variety of activities, music and games. More than half an acre of inflatables will be set up, as well as water activities, a mechanical bull and a mechanical surf board. The day will include a lunch buffet from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with the Zooperstars, a group of sports mascot-style characters with names such as “Whale Gretzky” and “Donovan McCrabb.” 

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