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Richmond Flying Squirrels announce full 2021 promotional schedule, set to open season May 4th

“The anticipation and momentum is building towards May 4th,” Flying Squirrels CEO Todd “Parney” Parnell said. “While the 2021 season will be different, the promotional schedule and overall fan experience will, as always, make many great memories for fans of all ages.”

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The Richmond Flying Squirrels have announced home game start times and their promotional schedule for the 2021 season. The full promotional schedule can be viewed here.

“The anticipation and momentum is building towards May 4th,” Flying Squirrels CEO Todd “Parney” Parnell said. “While the 2021 season will be different, the promotional schedule and overall fan experience will, as always, make many great memories for fans of all ages.”

During the 2021 season, most Tuesday through Friday home games will begin at 6:35 p.m. with gates opening at 5:30 p.m. Two exceptions, Wednesday, June 2 and Wednesday, July 28, will start at 12:05 p.m. with gates opening at 11 a.m.

Saturday games at The Diamond will begin at 6:05 p.m. with gates opening at 5 p.m. First pitch for Sunday home games through June 13 will be 1:05 p.m. with the ballpark gates opening at noon. From July 18 through Sept. 12, Sunday home games will start at 5:05 p.m.

First pitch for the Flying Squirrels’ Independence Day game on Sunday, July 4 is set for 6:05 p.m. and gates will open at 4:30 p.m.

The Flying Squirrels have 13 of their popular fireworks shows on their 2021 promotional calendar, including two special dueling fireworks shows on July 3 and July 4.

As a temporary health and safety measure, all shirt giveaways will be one size (adult extra-large for fans 15 and older and youth large for fans 14 and younger) to expedite entrance into the ballpark and minimize contact between fans and staff.

This season, the Flying Squirrels will host the inaugural Richmond 34 Legacy Weekend on July 16 and 17. The weekend serves to honor and recognize the contributions of members of the Richmond 34, whose sit-in protest in 1960 influenced legislation in the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Information on the Flying Squirrels’ Richmond 34 initiatives can be found here.

After debuting in 2019, the Flying Squirrels will once again transform to las Ardillas Voladoras throughout the 2021 season as part of the Copa de la Diversión program, with accompanying special giveaways and theme nights, listed below.

Highlights of the 2021 Flying Squirrels’ promotional schedule are listed below:

Theme Night Highlights

  • May 4 – Opening Night
  • May 9 – Mother’s Day celebration
  • June 2 – Business person’s special (12:05 p.m. start)
  • June 3 – Peanut-free game
  • July 3 – Independence Weekend celebration and dueling fireworks
  • July 4 – Independence Day celebration and dueling fireworks
  • July 16-17 – Richmond 34 Legacy Weekend
  • July 28 – Summer Camp Day (12:05 p.m. start)
  • July 31 – Military Appreciation Night
  • August 7 – Faith Night No. 1
  • August 19 – Faith Night No. 2
  • August 22 – Field of Greens Night (food allergy awareness)
  • September 9 – Pride Night
  • September 12 – Fan Appreciation Day

Fireworks Schedule (13 dates)

  • May 4, 8 & 20
  • June 3 & 10
  • July 3 (dueling), 4 (dueling), 17 & 31
  • August 7, 19 & 21
  • September 11

Bobblehead Giveaways

Adult Shirt Giveaways (XL only)

Adult Headwear Giveaways

Copa Giveaways

Youth Giveaways (shirts YL only)

Specialty Jersey Auctions

Weekly Promotions

  • Wednesdays – Wine & K-9s featuring $5 glasses of wine and $6 wine slushies from 5:30-7:30 p.m. plus dogs admitted free
  • Fridays – Funnville Friday Happy Hour featuring $2 12-ounce domestic drafts and $2 fountain sodas from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Additional promotions will be added to the 2021 schedule at a later date.

The Flying Squirrels open the 2021 season on Tuesday, May 4 at The Diamond against the Hartford Yard Goats. A limited number of individual game tickets for the first four homestands of the 2021 season will be available beginning at 9 a.m. on Monday, April 19 at SquirrelsBaseball.com/Tickets, by phone at 814-359-FUNN (3866) or at the Flying Squirrels ticket office at The Diamond. Any fans who have vouchers or credits from tickets for the 2020 season can first access to redeem them now until Friday, April 16 at 5 p.m. More information regarding the release of 2021 tickets can be found here.

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Life-sized, animatronic dinosaurs arriving in Richmond for area’s largest drive-thru exhibit

The Richmond Raceway Complex will come to life starting Friday, September 24 with over 55 static and animatronic dinosaurs, fossils and 26 different species, as part of the Jurassic Encounter.

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The Richmond Raceway Complex will come to life starting Friday, September 24 with over 55 static and animatronic dinosaurs, fossils and 26 different species, as part of the Jurassic Encounter. This life-sized dinosaur drive-thru exhibit is the largest to hit the area in 2021 and brings a new attraction that is a blend of entertainment and education suited for all ages.

The Richmond Raceway Complex will be transformed into a prehistoric setting with dinosaurs and fossils of all sizes, a paleontological camp, and even an erupting volcano.

The Jurassic Encounter kicks off Friday, September 24, and runs through Sunday, October 10. The event is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Hours are as follows:

  • Friday and Saturday 9am-9pm (Friday 9/24 opens at Noon)
  • Sunday 9am-7pm
  • Wednesday and Thursday 1pm-7pm
  • Closed Monday and Tuesday

Guests remain in their vehicle for the duration of the tour and are able to visit the “Dino Village” at the end to browse gifts and souvenirs.  The tour is complemented by a free audio narration which is written with a focus on education and humor for all ages.

Timed tickets must be purchased in advance online and are priced per vehicle. There is the option to add on Dino Packs that include crafts and dinosaur-theme souvenir surprises.  More information can be found at www.drivethrudinos.com.

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Richmond Folk Festival Announces More Artists

Richmond Folk Festival has nine new artists for you to check out as we wait, with fingers crossed for the return of Folk Fest.

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The Richmond Folk Festival celebrates its 17th anniversary October 8-10, 2021 inviting fans to downtown Richmond’s riverfront to celebrate the roots, richness, and variety of American culture through music, dance, traditional crafts, storytelling, and food.

The free, three-day, outdoor event is presented by Venture Richmond Events in partnership with the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA), the Center for Cultural Vibrancy, the Children’s Museum, and the City of Richmond.

Featuring six stages and showcasing music and dance from more than 30 artists from around the nation and the world, the Richmond Folk Festival today announces a second group of artists performing at this year’s festival—a program that will again be culturally diverse and artistically excellent, with some of the finest traditional artists performing throughout the weekend.

“We are proud to be back this year on Richmond’s beautiful downtown riverfront,” said Blaine Waide, associate director of the National Council for the Traditional Arts. “From returning favorites to up-and-coming artists making their Richmond debut to traditions like Sicilian traditional music
that we have never presented before, this year’s program lives up to the festival’s reputation for offering a dizzying variety of artistic expressions and experiences—all for free!”

Venture Richmond Events continues to closely monitor CDC and Virginia guidelines for COVID-19 protocols for large outdoor events. A commitment to safety and adherence to local, state, and federal ordinances and recommendations will guide all decisions regarding the festival.(see COVID-19 guidelines)

The nine newly announced artists to be featured at the 2021 Richmond Folk Festival include:

The Brotherhood Singers (African American a cappella gospel quartet singing)
Covington, Kentucky

Donny Broussard & the Louisiana Stars (Cajun)
Kaplan, Louisiana

Jasmine Bell & North Bear (Lakota hoop dance and Northern Plains drum)
Riverton, Wyoming

The Pedro Giraudo Tango Ensemble (Argentine tango)
New York, New York

Rosa Tatuata with Michela Musolino (Sicilian traditional music)
Clifton, New Jersey

Sugaray Rayford (blues)
Los Angeles, California

Taj Weekes (reggae)
St. Lucia by way of New York, New York

Tres en Punto (trío romántico)
Mission, Texas

The Western Flyers (western swing)
Burleson, Texas

The festival’s previously announced artists include:

Joanie Madden & Cherish the Ladies (Irish)
Yonkers, New York

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper (bluegrass)
Charlestown, Indiana

Nava Persian Trio (Persian santour)
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Plena Es (bomba y plena)
Sunrise, Florida

Rare Essence (go-go)
Washington, D.C.

Sean Jones “Dizzy Spellz” feat. Brinae Ali (jazz, hip hop, and tap dance)
Baltimore, Maryland

Click here for extended artist bios, plus audio and video samples on our website.

Encore Performances on VPM

Every Saturday at 5:00pm, catch VPM broadcasts of favorite performances from the past 13 years of the Richmond Folk Festival, as well as the three years the city hosted the National Folk Festival (2005-07). Tune in to Richmond public radio VPM stations 107.3 FM & 93.1 FM for great musical memories. Add these shows to your calendar today:

Aug 28 Dale Ann Bradley
Sep 4 Lurie Bell, Andes Manta
Sept 11 Amargue Bachata Quintet with Andre Veloz
Sept 18 Ahava Raba with Yanky Lemmer
Sept 25 Sona Jobarteh
Oct 2 Maggie Ingram, Frank Newsome, The Paschall Brothers, Clinton Fearon

Interactive Scavenger Hunt

From now through Labor Day weekend, the Richmond Folk Festival is offering an interactive scavenger hunt. It takes about an hour or two to complete, and there are two routes from which to choose. The scavenger hunt presents opportunities to notice often-missed public art, learn about history and different cultures, and listen to relevant musical links along the way. Like the festival, both routes include hills, steps, and uneven ground. Those who successfully complete the festival’s scavenger hunt will be entered in drawings for prizes, with winners selected all summer long! The scavenger hunt runs through September 7.

For all details, please visit our website: https://www.richmondfolkfestival.org/scavhuntintro

More information on the festival and additional artists performing this year will follow soon. For
updates, visit www.richmondfolkfestival.org. #RVAFolkFest

To make a donation to the Richmond Folk Festival today, Text to Give! Text FOLK to 44321.

The Richmond Folk Festival is produced by Venture Richmond Events, in partnership with the
National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA), the Center for Cultural Vibrancy, the Children’s
Museum, and the City of Richmond.

The Richmond Folk Festival is sponsored by Altria, Dominion Energy, CoStar Group, CarMax,
NewMarket Corp., City of Richmond, WestRock, Brown Distributing, Community Foundation,
Amtrak, LIDL, Virginia Lottery, Atlantic Union Bank, NBC12 & CW Richmond, VPM,
SummitMedia, Hilton Downtown Richmond, ONE Casino + Resort, American Civil War Museum,
National Park Service, Virginia Humanities, JAMinc., Plan 9 Music, RMC Events, PD Brooks,
SmartBox, Virginia Housing, Wells Fargo, Winn Transportation, House of Hayes, TNT Auto
Rental, Federal Reserve Bank, and Virginia War Memorial

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First-ever ‘Sports Backers Fitness Festival’ announced for September 18 in Chimborazo Park

The free festival will feature fitness stations, exercise demos, and local vendors.

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The first-ever Sports Backers Fitness Festival takes place on Saturday, September 18, Sports Backers announced today. The festival promotes the fitness and outdoor activity opportunities available in Richmond and runs from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Chimborazo Park at 3215 E. Broad Street. Participation in the Fitness Festival is free, but attendees are asked to register beforehand.

The free festival features classes and demos led by members of Sports Backers’ Fitness Warriors program. The community health initiative trains area residents who have talent, passion, and potential to be professional fitness instructors for Richmond’s communities with the highest rates of chronic disease. Fitness Warriors currently lead free classes six days a week throughout the Richmond region, both in person and virtually, and the classes are geared towards all levels of fitness.

Fitness Warriors will lead sessions during the Fitness Festival in a celebration of active living and to help encourage participants to make physical activity a daily habit. A variety of activities and modalities are available throughout the day, including yoga, Pilates, Zumba, resistance bands, and high intensity interval training. The festival also features local health and fitness vendors to help guide participants on their active living journey. A vendor application is available at www.tfaforms.com/4924659.

”The Sports Backers Fitness Festival brings together many of our region’s most enthusiastic and passionate fitness leaders for a day of high-energy fun,” said Tiffany Copeland, Director of Fitness Warriors for Sports Backers. “At Sports Backers, our mission is to inspire people from all corners of our community to live actively. The festival supports this mission by encouraging attendees to sample a wide variety of activities and learn innovative ways to add active living into their lifestyle on a daily basis.”

Sports Backers is partnering with several corporate and nonprofit sponsors, including the RVA Community Development Corp., to deliver the inaugural Fitness Festival. These partnerships build connections with a wide range of community members and share the message of the importance of active living.

“We’re excited to help sponsor this event because Fitness Warriors reflects our values of economic empowerment and community-based leadership,” said Elaine Summerfield, Board President of the RVA Community Development Corp., a nonprofit that is working to support and sustain community assets and economic opportunity, with a particular focus on Richmond’s East End.

Additional supporters of the Sports Backers Fitness Festival include Markel, Mutual Assurance of Virginia, and the Market @ 25th. More details on the Sports Backers Fitness Festival are available at www.sportsbackers.org/events/fitness-festival.

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