Baltimore Orioles: Fanfest experience is a must for all

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This past weekend the Baltimore Orioles hosted their FanFest at the Baltimore Convention Center

It’s no secret to Baltimore Orioles fans, but the team is going through a rebuild. However, that didn’t stop fans from attending FanFest on Saturday.

Fans young and old stood in long lines to get autographs from current players, and former Oriole greats such as Brooks Robinson, Eddie Murray, and Jim Palmer. It’s great to see how many people bring old school memorabilia and photos for their favorite players to sign and hopefully not sell.

FanFest is filled with a lot of kids’ activities, and you have to start them out young if you want them to be Oriole fans for life. Don’t forget to bring a shopping bag because everyone is guaranteed to leave with souvenirs.

Missed a giveaway from the previous season? Don’t worry, one of the rooms is filled with shirts, bobbleheads, etc.

If you are a season ticket holder, you have an opportunity to sit in on some question-and-answer segments with the GM and Manager of the Orioles. They even have kids Q&A sessions for them, as well as with players.

If you don’t want to spend over $150 dollars on a jersey, you can buy a game used one for only $50 dollars. They also sell game used hats, helmets, balls, and bats.

One thing that I hadn’t done in over 10-15 years was tour Camden Yards. Things have changed in the clubhouse so it was nice to see some new additions. Sadly, you can only take photos in the dugout and a special room with a real photographer.

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This year the Orioles had a new room called the #OsSocialPopUp experience. It consisted of four different rooms.

The first room was the 1989 room. It was decorated like your old living room from 1989. The second room was the Mustard, Relish, and Ketchup room.

The third room was the big league chew room that was filled with bubble gum, balloons, and a bubble gum maker. The fourth and final room was the Field of Dreams Locker Room. You had the opportunity to take a photo in front of them.

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Baltimore Orioles FanFest is something you should schedule in your calendar at least once, just to experience it. It’s a good activity to do for the whole family and I highly recommend it. Who knows, you might walk past current and former players and not even recognize them. It happened to me on Saturday.