Is this Day 1 or Day 0? :)
With the Canadian team arriving late last night after a long trip, all the 2008 Little League Softball World Series participants are in Portland and today brings the Opening Ceremonies, Ice Cream Social, and DeMarini Skills Challenge. The girls get a chance to hang out at Alpenrose, meet the other teams and soak up some of the World Series atmosphere before the actual games start tomorrow.
At 3pm today (local time), the newly uniformed teams will take the field and the anthems will be sung. Look for photos here.
Ice Cream Social
The girls will be invited to the onsite ice cream parlor to enjoy ice cream as the field is set up for the Skills Challenge. The official ice cream of Alpenrose is Baskin Robbins, which is made by the dairy. Yep, Alpenrose is a working dairy as well as ball fields, a midget car race track, and cycling velodrome.
DeMarini Skills Challenge
In the final event of the day for the girls, the main field will be home to tires and buckets and even a cow :) as a fun competition unfolds including pitching, hitting and running, with t-shirts and prizes for the participants. Look for photos here.
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The games begin tomorrow. Admission and parking are (always) free. Full concessions and souvenirs are onsite. If you are local, join us for a low-cost evening with the family watching girls from all over the world play softball in a beautiful park.
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