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  • Mavs pumped for Fan Fest

  • The third annual Missouri Mavericks Fan Fest will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Independence Events Center. It is free and open to the public.

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  • The third annual Missouri Mavericks Fan Fest will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Independence Events Center. It is free and open to the public.
    “This is the day that really signals the beginning of the hockey season,” Mavericks coach Scott Hillman said. “Not everyone can attend Fantasy Camp or our Insider Series, but everyone can attend Fan Fest and it’s great to see all the familiar faces who come to our games and this event every year.”
    The Mavericks will host a variety of activities for fans of all ages. There will be a shoot booth, obstacle course, inflatables, sumo wrestling, face painting and a balloon artist for the kids.
    The team will have a “Mavenger” Hunt, in which fans can complete a specified list of activities to win prizes. The Mavericks will also give away cash prizes in a drawing every hour, and many of the Mavericks partners will be on hand with giveaways, food samples and more.
    Missouri’s newest game day host, Shannon Oleen, will be on hand to meet the fans and host the main stage events throughout the day.  Fans will be able to meet new Mavericks forward Brian Bicek along with defensemen David Simoes and Dave Pszenyczny.
    President and general manager Brent Thiessen, Hillman and assistant director of hockey operations Simon Watson will also discuss the upcoming season and partake in question and answer sessions.
    Defenseman David Simoes and the American Red Cross are also asking for voluntary donors to roll up their sleeves and donate blood at any point throughout Fan Fest. Fans who donate will also be entered into a separate drawing every hour including game used equipment from Simoes and tickets to an upcoming Mavericks’ game. To make an appointment to donate blood, call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: MAVERICKS.
    “I’m looking forward to what Bicek’s reaction is to our fans at the Fan Fest,” Hillman added. “We can tell him what great fans we have, but until you meet them in person, you just can’t realize how important they are to our team.”
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