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Opening ceremonies of the Junior League Baseball World Series begin about 8 p.m. Saturday, August 11. The event is open to the public at no cost. Tournament organizers are counting on local fans to make visitors feel welcome. Admission is free.
The ceremonies open with a colorful parade of champions with teams entering World Series Field to patriotic music or their nation’s anthem. A special presentation of the U.S. National Anthem will feature Taylor public safety personnel surrounding a giant American flag.
There will be speeches and presentations by dignitaries. Tribute will be paid to Orland King and Tim Witz, two long-time World Series volunteers who passed away in the last year.
A unique ceremonial first pitch and fireworks conclude the event.
Taylor Councilman Dan Bzura – a lifetime World Series volunteer – will serve as master of ceremonies. Bzura’s father Greg is founder and director of the series.
World Series Field is located in the Taylor South Little League Complex in Heritage Park, 12111 Pardee Road.