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Lexington County Blowfish to celebrate 150 years of SC State Fair with special jerseys, food, events

Lexington, SC (Paul Kirby) – The Lexington County Blowfish announced Wednesday at their monthly luncheon that they would help celebrate the 150th anniversary of the SC State Fair during their 2019 season. Bill and Vicki Shanahan, who own and operate the Lexington County Blowfish, took the opportunity to unveil the team’s 2019 special jerseys and logo to commemorate the anniversary and the unique history of the fair. The special jerseys are sponsored by one of the Blowfish’s main business supporters, Carolina Comfort Heating & Air Conditioning.

The bright colored jerseys with a bit of a nostalgic feel will be worn by the players during the season. At the end of the summer, they will be auctioned off with all proceeds to be donated to the SC State Fair’s Scholarship Fund. In return, the SC State Fair’s director Nancy Smith, a graduate of Lexington High School herself, has committed to returning those funds to our area by awarding an amount equal to the jersey promo donation to Lexington County high school graduates through scholarship dollars.

As another part of the anniversary celebration, the Blowfish Stadium’s concession stands are serving fair food that will include fried Oreo cookies, corn dogs, funnel fries, and special popcorns. Of course, you can still get their famous hot dogs and other ballpark staples. There will be special games for the children and other promotions throughout the season. They have even named their 2019 program that promotes students to enjoy books, The 2019 Reading Fair. Children who read books and get their school’s media specialist to witness with their signature, can win game tickets, Blowies Snowie Shaved Ice, carnival games, and other premiums. The season long fun is being sponsored by Blowfish partners Farm Bureau Insurance, Dave & Busters, and Comporium. Farm Bureau Insurance is even donating copies of the book How Did That Get In My Lunchbox to the four primary school districts in Lexington County in celebration of the Blowfish’s 2019 Reading Fair.

Finally, in celebration of fathers, sons, and their love of baseball, the great American game, two well-known area high school coaches who are actually a father and his son, will meet on the Blowfish diamond with their high school teams. The father, Charles Assey, Sr., a local baseball legend hired to coach the boy’s’ baseball team at Gray Collegiate Academy in Lexington County, will face his son Charles, Jr’s Cardinal Newman Cardinals from Columbia. That game is scheduled for Saturday April 6th, 2019. Admission is just $5.00 a person. Gates open at 5:00 p.m. for the 6:00 p.m. first pitch.

2019 promises to be a very exciting year for the Lexington County Blowfish and the baseball fans of the Midlands. You can learn more about the Blowfish, buy Blowfish merchandise, and even get your season passes or tickets to individual games at

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