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Spokane Indians promise more fan favorites this summer: fireworks, cheap food, puppy parades

By Johnathan Curley The Spokesman-Review

Feasts, fireworks, fairy tales and the Force. The promotions spanning the Spokane Indians’ 2019 schedule will have something for every fan and mythical creature to enjoy.

The Indians’ home opener will feature the season’s first round of postgame fireworks on June 21. Other scheduled firework nights are June 22, July 3, July 19, July 26, July 27, Aug. 17 and the season finale on Aug. 30.

For the second home game on June 22, Avista Stadium turns from ballpark to palace as Belle, Anna, Elsa and other renowned royals come to visit in the first Storybook Princess day of the season. The Arendale expatriates and fairytale favorites return for a second dose of Disney magic on Aug. 23.

Both nights will be capped off with a little bit of propelled pixie dust with postgame firework displays.

Continuing the opening weekend festivities, on June 23 players will wear pink uniforms as a part of National Pink Day and the Indians’ Breast Cancer Awareness event, where fans can bid on the special game-worn uniforms with proceeds going to MultiCare Inland Northwest Foundation and local breast cancer patients.

Bark in the Park returns to full wag on June 25, as humans and their canine companions can enjoy a pets-only section together and go for a walk in the postgame Puppy Parade. Funds from the event’s special ticket sales will benefit local animal shelters. Those hounding for another day of hot dogs and real dogs can go to the second Bark in the Park on Aug. 26.

Fans have a chance to win an autographed jersey every inning as a part of the team’s Jersey Off The Back night on July 2.

Independence comes early for the Indians this year, as the Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration will be advanced to July 3 for the finale of a 12-game homestand.

For fans who can’t wait until December to celebrate the holidays, the Indians’ Christmas in July has you covered. Tinsel-tinged trivia, carols and Santa Claus himself will be present for the summer celebration of the winter classic. Fans who bring a stuffed animal to donate can participate in the postgame Teddy Bear Boss, one of the Spokane Chiefs’ biggest and beloved hockey promotions.

Young baseball players have the chance to join a pregame baseball clinic for Youth Sports Night on July 16. Another pregame youth clinic is set to precede the Comic Book Hero Night festivities on Aug. 15.

The Raining Money and $100 Strikeout Night on July 18 doesn’t leave a lot to question. Every time an Indians pitcher strikes out a batter any fan entered in the event has the chance to win $100. After the game, a helicopter will drop 2,000 $1 bills across the outfield for participating fans to scoop up .

Floral patterns and leather jackets are welcomed equally for Hawaiian and Harley Day on July 28. Ride the Bases participants are invited to line the outfield warning track with their motorcycles for the national anthem.

On Aug. 9-10, the Indians are bringing a piece of a galaxy far, far, away to Avista Stadium. Character appearances, trivia and specialized jerseys are part of the festivities planned for the team’s back-to-back Star Wars Nights.

All Hogwarts alumni are invited to the ballpark for Harry Potter Night on Aug. 16, when characters, turnstiles dressed as platform 9 3/4 and an abundance of butterbeer will greet fans and muggles alike.

Halloween Night (Aug. 29) is the answer for fans looking for sweet treats and web gems in one convenient place. Costumes, candy and curveballs are encouraged for a haunting night at the ballpark. And if you haven’t worried your dentist by then, the postgame Helicopter Candy Drop in the outfield will cure any fan’s sweet tooth.

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