Distributor joins Community Day

MINGO JUNCTION – Kevin Medley, vice president and general manager of Iron City Distributing, and Nick Latousakis, president of Choice Brands of Ohio and Wine and Beverage Merchants of West Virginia, said they believe in the event known as the annual Steubenville/Weirton Community Day, to be held this year on July 13.

The day, which includes limited bus transportation to PNC Park, a Roberto Clemente jersey, fireworks, prizes and great seats for the game between the New York Mets and the Pittsburgh Pirates, is hosted by the Herald-Star, The Weirton Daily Times and other local businesses. It’s an event Latousakis and Medley said they are proud to be associated with.

“Samuel Adams (beer) is also co-sponsoring this,” said Latousakis, adding the duo couldn’t be happier to work together for community day. “It’s just a great community event where we can partner with the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times to make it a nice evening for everyone. We’ve been involved (with community day) since its inception. We’d like to see people go outside, watch a great game, drink a beer and not have to worry about driving.”

“It’s a growing event,” said Medley. “They added another bus this year (for transportation). The interest in the community is going up, especially since the Pirates are winning right now.”

Additional sponsors include EmMedia, the Health Plan of the Upper Ohio Valley, Trinity Health System, Hancock County Savings Bank and the Fort Steuben Mall, according to Cindy Kotsch, director of marketing and special events of the newspapers.

The game begins at 7:05 p.m., and buses will leave the Herald-Star parking lot at 401 Herald Square, Steubenville, at about 4:30 p.m., according to Kotsch. Six buses will transport those who have purchased a ticket that includes transportation, but people are welcome to drive themselves, she added.

“Those who can’t drive can go with friends and family and take the bus,” said Medley, adding Pirate tickets are becoming scarce. “It’s great, because now, with the Pirates winning, you can’t get tickets. This is an opportunity to get Pirate tickets and see a great game.”

Patrons for community day will be seated in the all-you-can-eat section of the stadium, according to Kotsch. Food at the park includes hamburgers, hot dogs, nachos, soda drinks, peanuts, pretzels, popcorn, ice cream sandwiches and more, she added. The evening will include fireworks, prizes between innings, including autographed items and Pirates promotional materials, and the opportunity for lucky patrons to get the chance to change bases between innings, added Kotsch.

Ticket prices are $65 for those who elect to take a bus, while those who drive themselves will pay $55, said Kotsch. All tickets can be charged by phone or are available at the newspaper offices. To purchase tickets, call (740) 283-4711 and ask for Diana Brown, said Kotsch. She added to not wait too long, because those who attend every year already have purchased tickets before the package has even been advertised.

For information, call (740) 283-4711 or go online to www.heraldstaronline.com.