“(Opening day) is usually a pretty big day for us,” said Chad McWhite, Wren Youth’s baseball director.
The parade starts at 9 a.m., and the baseball games start at 11 and end at about 8 p.m. But the opening day is much more than just baseball and softball games.
Wren Youth volunteers will set up inflatable bounce houses, carnival games for children, and attendees can purchase hamburger and hot dog lunches. Hamburger lunches will cost $4, and hot dog lunches will cost $3. Children can purchased tickets for $5 to be able to jump on the inflatables all day.
Wren Youth’s volunteers will also hold a raffle and sell used baseball equipment to raise money to improve the lighting at Hurricane Springs Park.
There will also be a lot of fanfare, and the young players will be able to feel like celebrities.
“The kids enjoy the parade,” McWhite said. “We have the families line up along the side of the road and wave at the kids as they go. Last year was the first time we did the parade, and they liked it a lot. That’s probably their biggest enjoyment out of it.”
The players start the parade from Wren Elementary School and walk to Hurricane Spring Park.
During the baseball games on opening day, the players’ names will be announced when they step up to the plate.
Wren High School baseball Coach Randy Thompson and his team will participate in the parade and some of the other beginning activities.
About 40 volunteers will be helping in some capacity during the opening day. Wren Youth is completely volunteer based.
The cost per player for the entire baseball season is $80-$100, depending on the player’s age, which ranges from 4-12.