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Astros host 2016 FanFest Saturday

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The Astros season doesn't start until FanFest is under way.

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Every year, the Houston Astros open up the doors of Minute Maid Park to start the baseball season right with Astros FanFest. Fans, young and old, find enjoyment in autographs, interactions, and family fun with the Astros. 2016 edition to be the biggest party yet with a few surprises -- most notably the Astros will unveil a new uniform.

As noted by the Astros, because of the BBWAA Awards dinner in New York City, Dallas Keuchel and Carlos Correa will not be able to attend FanFest, as they will be accepting their Cy Young and Rookie of the Year Awards.

Here are the schedule of events:

Autograph Availabilities- SOLD OUT
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Exclusive Season Ticket Holder Autograph Session (for select Season Ticket Holders)
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Autograph Session #1 (separate voucher required)
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Legends Autograph Session (separate voucher required)
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Autograph Session #2 (separate voucher required)
1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Orbit Autograph Session
1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Autograph Session #3 (separate voucher required)
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Buddies Exclusive Autograph Session (Buddies membership required, available for
purchase on-site)
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Autograph Session #4 (separate voucher required)
*A Kids-Only (ages 12 and under) autograph session will take place all day, with players rotating every 30
minutes

Fan Forums
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. The Art of Scouting and Decision Sciences, with Director of Amateur Scouting
Mike Elias and Analytics Developer Darren Defreeuw (hosted by Bill Brown)
12:15 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. Reflections on the 2015 Season, with Jose Altuve, Jason Castro and Collin McHugh
(hosted by Bill Brown)
1:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Astros Jersey Evolution and New Jersey Reveal, with Authentication Manager
Mike Acosta (hosted by Robert Ford)
2:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. The Farm System: What to Look Forward to, with Director of Minor League Operations
Allen Rowin (hosted by Steve Sparks)
3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Clubhouse Culture, with Colby Rasmus, Evan Gattis and George Springer
(hosted by Steve Sparks)

Astros players and legends appearing at FanFest include Jose Altuve, Brandon Backe, Jason Castro, Matt Duffy, Scott Feldman, Josh Fields, Mike Fiers, Evan Gattis, Ken Giles, Marwin Gonzalez, Will Harris, Jake Marisnick, Lance McCullers, Collin McHugh, Terry Puhl, Colby Rasmus, J.R. Richard, Chris Sampson, Jon Singleton, George Springer, Max Stassi, Preston Tucker, Luis Valbuena, Carl Warwick, and Jimmy Wynn. All players and legends are subject to change.

Social Media Zone (all day)
Fans are encouraged to stop by the new and expanded Astros FanFest Social Media Zone, located at the FiveSeven Grille on the main concourse. Fans can tag photos and follow all the social media fun using
#AstrosFanFest. Interactive, social activities throughout the day include:
• Photos with players in the interactive photo booth presented by The Smile Generation
• Ping pong table
• Twitter Q&As with players
• RBI baseball
• Giant Astros player emojis
• Selfie Scavenger Hunt for a chance to win great Astros prizes
• Cell phone charging station
*Players and special guests will stop by throughout the day. Please note that the Social Media Zone is a Photos Only Zone - no autographs allowed.

All-Day Activities
· Swings in the Astros batting cages- separate voucher required, SOLD OUT
· Running the bases
· Bullpen throwing sessions- separate voucher required, SOLD OUT
· An interactive kids zone with inflatables, poster-making station, wax hands and face painting
· Live National Anthem auditions (12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.)
· PlazaFest, located in the Plaza on Crawford Street which includes live music, food trucks and a petting zoo
· Make your own baseball card station, presented by The Smile Generation
· Photo Booth, presented by The Smile Generation (players rotating all day)
· Photos in the dugout (fans encouraged to bring their own cameras)
· Balloon artists
· Caricature artists
· Garage sale (while supplies last)
· ROOT Sports and SportsTalk 790
· Selfie scavenger hunt
· Clubhouse tours- separate voucher required, SOLD OUT
· Vendor expo