Washington Nationals Announce 2009 Winter Caravan and Natsfest

Courtesy of the Washington Nationals | 1/6/2009, 4:46 p.m.

The Washington Nationals have announced the schedule for their 2009 Winter Caravan, as the team will make several stops throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan area, including visits to Annapolis, MD, Martinsburg, WV, and Richmond, VA. The Winter Caravan will take place Thur. Jan. 22 through Mon. Jan. 26 and include NatsFest, the first-ever FanFest at Nationals Park, on Sun., Jan. 25.
The Caravan is an opportunity for the Nationals team members to connect with their fans and the community in the region before they head to Viera, FL for the start of the Spring Training season in mid-February. Nationals players, coaches, front office executives and broadcasters will take part in appearances throughout the city and surrounding areas during the five-day event. The Caravan will begin with a stop in Martinsburg, WV on Thur. Jan. 22.

Players will compete in a celebrity cook-off at the ESPN Zone in Washington, DC on Fri. Jan. 23. The team will make an appearance in Richmond, Va., on Sat. Jan. 24 and return to the District for Sunday€s NatsFest. The Caravan will conclude on Monday, Jan. 26 with visits to Amidon- Bowen Elementary School in Southwest Washington and Children€s National Medical Center.

NatsFest, which will be open to the public, will take place on Sun. Jan. 25 from
1:00pm €" 5:00pm. Fans will have the opportunity to interact with Nationals players through autograph, photograph and question-and-answer sessions. Nationals executives will also take part in a Q&A with fans. All Nationals Season Ticket Holders are eligible for four complimentary tickets per account. The cost of the event is $10 for adults and $5 for children under the age of 12.

For more information, visit www.nationals.com/natsfest.