RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — It’s a big week for the Richmond Flying Squirrels as they host the Eastern League All-Star Week for the first time.
Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney kicked off the week Sunday at a free event on Brown’s Island that featured live music and food trucks.
The festivities continued Monday night at Virginia Credit Union LIVE! at Richmond Raceway, where country music stars Big & Rich will headline the All-Star Country Music Jam. Special guests include Cowboy Troy, DJ Sinister and Mickie James.
“So far it’s been a blast! Entertainment, all over the place!” Matt Sheerin said.
The gates opened at 6 p.m. and concert started at 7 p.m.
Sheerin and his wife live in the area and said that All-Star Week is a great opportunity for Richmond to show off what the city has to offer.
“We haven’t been to the race track in years so this is great, bringing a lot of people into the area,” Sheerin said.
“It’s fun to be able walk around and just see stuff going on and just being able to watch and have a good time, honestly,” Torin Prentice said.
Concert-goers also had the chance to stop by the red carpet and say hello to the All-Star players.
8News spoke with Country music singer Dakota Hood who came to Richmond to support her friend Mickie James.
“Country is my root so when you can bring people together through country music, it’s awesome!” Hood said.
All-Star Week continues at the Diamond Tuesday for the Eastern League Celebrity Home Run Derby. Gates open at 4 p.m. and the derby will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Hood will be singing the National Anthem at the derby.
But before the derby, an All-Star Pep Rally will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at One James Center Plaza.
“None of us will ever forget this week, and preparing for this week and executing for this week. As you can see, this is emotional for me. We want to show minor league baseball that Richmond, Virginia is the best,” Richmond Flying Squirrels VP and COO Todd “Parney” Parnell said.
The actual all-star game will be held Wednesday. Gates open at 4 p.m. and the first pitch will be thrown at 7:05 p.m.
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