Braves Trophy Tour to make stop in Troup County on Saturday

Published 11:30 am Tuesday, August 2, 2022

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Local Atlanta Braves fans have been counting down the days until Saturday, Aug. 6 when the World Series trophy will be officially on tour in LaGrange.

Now that day is only days away.

Following their World Series title, the Braves are taking the 2021 World Series Trophy on tour with 151 stops across the Southeast, commemorating 151 years of Braves baseball.

Admission to Saturday’s event is free and open to the community.

“This is a community event, and it was this is only possible because the community stepped up and shared on social media and got excited about it,” said Katie Van Schoor, marketing and communications manager for the city of LaGrange.

Fans throughout the area are invited to take pictures with the trophy and enjoy a festive day Saturday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Sweetland Amphitheatre in downtown LaGrange.

Through the tag team of Adam Speas, Media Coordinator of the city and Van Schoor, they went to social media and posted memes on all of the City of LaGrange social accounts.

“We posted funny memes, saying bring the Braves trophy tour to LaGrange. We had a lot of fun with it,” Van Schoor said.

Hundreds of people were sharing those posts on social media, she said.

“We’ve been really friendly with the Braves’ PR team. They reached out to us and anything they need, we’re more than happy to work with them,” Van Schoor said. “The fact that the Atlanta Braves are now a World Series champ, and the fact that they’re bringing the World Champions Trophy tour to Sweetland is exciting. We’re delighted that we’re able to offer this for community so decided to do a lot more with this event.”

According to Van Schoor, at 3 p.m. the event will open. In attendance will be dignitaries, Mayor Jim Thornton and Hogansville Mayor Jake Ayers will give a few words, with Ayers getting a special thank you for Hogansville for sponsoring the Heavy Hitters Drumline.

All local baseball and softball teams all across the community will be recognized as special guests and will be able to get in a little early, she said.

“We’re going to honor our baseball teams at LaGrange College, Point University, our high schools, middle schools, private schools and our little league so they’re all welcome to come in free and we will honor them first,” she said.

The activities for the day will include a dizzy bat competition for kids 10 and under, a trivia competition and a drum line exhibition with Troup High School, LaGrange High School, Callaway High School and Heard County High School. The Braves Heavy Hitters will also perform before and after the exhibition.

According to Van Schoor, the Dizzy Bat Competition will at 3:45 with prizes to be determined. The Braves Trivia Competition will be hosted by a local trivia guru and will begin at 4:15 p.m. Winners for the trivia competition get a four pack of tickets to a Braves game.

At 4:45 p.m., performances by the Heavy Hitters and the drumline exhibition will begin. The drumlines from Callaway, Troup, LaGrange and Heard County will play and the winner will be decided through audience participation with the loudest clapping and applause. The drumline with the loudest applause will win in a trophy.

The event will also have concessions available and a tent onsite with Atlanta Braves merchandise available for purchase.

“We are tickled pink that the community came together to help us put this on. It’s because of all the support from everybody this was able to happen,” Van Schoor said.