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All-Star Game Festivities Kick Off In Kansas City

Greg Echlin
Pictured from left to right: George Brett, Kansas City Mayor Sly James, and Royals owner David Glass.

Kansas City's All-Star festivities officially kicked off Friday morning at Bartle Hall in downtown Kansas City.

The doors had already opened, but Kansas City owner David Glass, Hall of Famer George Brett and Kansas City Mayor Sly James cut the ceremonial ribbon inside Bartle Hall at the Kansas City Convention Center.

The ceremony was followed by this announcement: "Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls...the 2012 MLB All-Star FanFest is now officially open!"

FanFest - an event featuring players signing autographs, giveaways and games - is open through Tuesday. Last year, in Phoenix, FanFest drew 110,000 fans. The record is 130,000 three years ago in St. Louis.

Check here for the All-Star FanFest guide.

Sports have an economic and social impact on our community and, as a sports reporter, I go beyond the scores and statistics. I also bring the human element to the sports figures who have a hand in shaping the future of not only their respective teams but our town. Reach me at gregechlin@aol.com.
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