The 2018 Clinton LumberKings promotional schedule features Margaritaville, three Bobblehead giveaways, five fireworks nights and Ashford University Field’s first ’80s night since August 26, 1989.
Ashford University Field is set to celebrate its 82nd year of baseball and its 55th season as the home of the last remaining charter member of the Midwest League.
Louie the LumberKing will be joining in the summer of fun with his 25th Birthday Bash. All mascots and fans are invited to Louie’s party which Louie has decided to host at the ballpark on June 22 when the LumberKings take on the Kane County Cougars.
The LumberKings will host the most bobblehead nights in franchise history, the most firework nights in three seasons and the return of the ever popular “Stay Late Saturday Concert Series.”
The Bobblehead Series
On June 8, Mariners star infielder Kyle Seager will be the subject of the first bobblehead of the season.
Seager’s bobblehead give away will coincide with Star Wars Night at Ashford University Field and his Seattle Mariners bobblehead will be Star Wars-themed. Seager spent the majority of his 2009 season with the LumberKings. Since joining the Mariners in 2011, Seager has been a pillar of offense in the middle of the Seattle lineup. He earned a Gold Glove and an All-Star Game selection during the 2014 season.
On July 28, former LumberKing standout James Paxton will be featured in a Seattle Mariners themed bobblehead giveaway. Paxton was a fixture in the LumberKings 2011 starting rotation, going 3-3 with a 2.73 ERA over 10 starts before finishing his season with the Double-A Jackson Generals. The left-handed starter is coming off the most productive season of his big league career, leading the Mariners in wins, 12, strikeouts, 156, while posting the lowest ERA by qualified starters, 2.98.
The third and final bobblehead giveaway of the 2018 season will come on August 17, with Casey’s 50th Anniversary and Mediacom Ketel Marte bobblehead giveaway night. Marte spent parts of two seasons in Clinton, including making his American professional debut with the LumberKings in 2012. The Dominican native made his Major League Baseball debut with the Seattle Mariners in 2015. Prior to the 2017 season Marte was sent to the Arizona Diamondbacks in a five-player trade. He is projected to open the 2018 season as the Diamondbacks primary shortstop.
Stay Late Saturday
Back by popular demand are the “Stay Late Saturday Concert Series.” Seven times during the 2018 season, fans of all ages are invited to stick around the ballpark following the game for postgame concerts at Ashford University Field. Every Saturday home game from June 2 through August 25 the fun continues with postgame concerts from:
June 2 – Rolling Thunder (AC/DC cover band)
June 9 – Stone Cold Moonshine
June 23 – Todd Striley and the Noize
July 14 – Avey-Grouws Band
July 28 – Whiskey Motel
August 4 – Slough Buoys
August 25 – Lexi Parr
All Firework shows will fall on Fridays in 2018 with the exception of the Wednesday Clinton 4th of July Festival. The LumberKings will host their postgame firework shows following games on:
Friday, June 1 vs. the Peoria Chiefs
Friday, June 22 vs. the Kane County Cougars
Wednesday, July 4 vs. the Kane County Cougars
Friday, August 10 vs. the Cedar Rapids Kernels
Friday, August 31 vs. the Quad Cities River Bandits
Margaritaville Specialty Jersey
August 4 will see a different looking LumberKings team take the field as part Clinton’s first ever Margaritaville. Decked out in special tropically themed Margaritaville jerseys, LumberKings fans will see Ashford University Field transformed into a Cantina Oasis. Following the conclusion of the game, the fun continues with a postgame concert from the Slough Buoys.
1st Gateway Credit Union ’80s Night
On August 26, 1989 the then Clinton Giants dropped the final home game of the season, 10-2 to the Peoria Chiefs. Now, nearly 30 years later, the LumberKings are looking for revenge in the first 80’s night since 1989. 1st Gateway Credit Union ’80’s night will feature music and games from one of the most memorable decades ever. In the true spirit of ’80s night, the first 250 fans through the gates will receive a phone book to immerse themselves in a simpler time before smart phones. Following the game, the ’80s music continues when AC/DC cover band “Rolling Thunder” takes the stage for a postgame concert.
Ashford University Field will play host to not just the Clinton LumberKings throughout the course of the 2018 season but select special events. On Fourth of July Eve, July 3 while the team is on the road, the Clinton Area Rod Club will hold a car show on 6th Avenue North next to the stadium. Starting at 5 p.m., car enthusiasts can feast their eyes on some of the finest cars ever made. Starting as 6:30 p.m., fans of cars and music alike can begin to file into the ballpark for concert from Bowman, Pickney, & Evans. Tickets for the concert will be $5 will all proceeds going to benefit the Clinton 4th of July Festival.
The LumberKings will again open the gates to Ashford University Field while the team is on the road on June 15. A night of fun and music in tribute to rock legend Tom Petty with “Free Fallin’.” The gates will open at 5 p.m. with food, beverages and beer served at select concession stands at the ballpark.
Fans also will be given nightly opportunities to take advantage in brand new nightly specials. For all Tuesday home games, fans can take part in “Two Dollar Tuesdays.” The LumberKings will be offering $2 tickets, $2 box seat upgrades, $2 Miller Lite and Coors Light tall boys, $2 soft drinks, $2 hot dogs, and $2 ice cream all game long.
For all 11 Wednesday home games, fans 21 years and older can join “Retro Beer Nights.” Think back to simpler times on Wednesday nights with retro beers Hamm’s, PBR, and Miller High Life offered at a retro price of just two dollars apiece. These retro suds will be available to fans out of the first base beer stand only.
Back by popular demand are Thirsty Thursdays! For all fans 21 years and older, the LumberKings will be serving $2 Miller Lite and Coors Light Tall Boys from 5-8 PM.
Sunday’s are for the family and the LumberKings are happy to partner with Children’s Discovery Center for Funday Sunday. Kids can take part in face-painting and balloon artists during the game and following the contest, can take to the field for the postgame kids run the bases. Special ticket offers are available for Sunday games, two adult and four child general admission tickets are available for just $25. As part of All Faiths Day $4 dollar general admission tickets are available to all fans who show a church bulletin.
Full 2018 LumberKings Promotional Schedule
Saturday, April 7: Opening Day | Jewel-Osco and WCCI 100.3 FM Magnet Schedule Giveaway
Sunday, April 8: 2018 Clinton LumberKings Poster Schedule Giveaway Night
Friday, May 4: Clinton Community College Night
Saturday, May 5: Don’s Jewelry Mother’s Day Giveaway
Sunday, May 6: D.A.R.E. Day
Friday, May 18: Fulton Elementary PTA Night|Unity Christian Night
Saturday, May 19: Seattle Mariners Military Cap Giveaway and Hometown Heroes Night |
Regalia Manufacturing Patriotic Themed Giveaway
Sunday, May 20: Miss Clinton County Princess Day
Monday, May 21: Jefferson Elementary PTA Night
Tuesday, May 22: Clinton National Bank and Mediacom Baseball Card Strip Giveaway #1 | Eagle Heights Elementary PTA Night
Wednesday, May 23: Clinton Middle School PTA Night | Bluff Elementary PTA Night
Thursday, May 24: Camanche Schools PTA Night
Tuesday, May 29: Clinton National Bank and Mediacom Baseball Card Strip Giveaway #2
Thursday, May 31: Halloween Night Featuring Marlena Midnite | Community State Bank Night
Friday, June 1: Clinton and Jackson County Dairy Association Night
Saturday, June 2: 1st Gateway Credit Union 80’s Night |
Postgame Concert by Rolling Thunder (AC/DC Cover Band)
Sunday, June 3: DeWitt Day | Sun Safety Day
Friday, June 8: Star Wars Night |
Seattle Mariners Kyle Seager Star Wars Themed Bobblehead Giveaway
Saturday, June 9: Youth Baseball Clinic (in AM) |
Thrivent Financial & Mediacom Team Photo Giveaway |
Postgame concert by Stone Cold Moonshine
Sunday, June 10: Clinton National Bank and Mediacom Baseball Card Strip Giveaway #3 | Bark in the Park
Thursday, June 21: Gateway State Bank Night
Friday, June 22: Louie the LumberKing Birthday Bash | Fireworks Spectacular
Saturday, June 23: Aegis Credit Union Night | Postgame concert by Todd Striley & The Noize
Sunday, June 24: Seattle Mariners BBQ Mitt Giveaway Night
Tuesday, June 26: Craft Beer Night
Wednesday, June 27: Clinton National Bank and Mediacom Baseball Card Strip Giveaway #4
Wednesday, July 4: Clinton 4th of July Festival Fireworks Spectacular |
4th of July Regalia Manufacturing Giveaway
Thursday, July 5: River Cities Tennis and Pickleball Association Night
Wednesday, July 11: Clinton National Bank & Mediacom Baseball Card Strip Giveaway #5
Thursday, July 12: Camanche Night
Friday, July 13: American Family Insurance Night
Saturday, July 14: Casey’s 50th Anniversary & Mediacom T-Shirt Giveaway |
Postgame concert by Avey/Grouws Band
Sunday, July 15: Clinton National Bank & Mediacom Baseball Card Strip Giveaway #6 |
Sterling/Rock Falls Day
Monday, July 16: Pack the Park with Kids Day
Saturday, July 28: James Paxton Seattle Mariners Bobblehead Giveaway Night | Clinton Firefighters MDA Night | Postgame Concert by Whiskey Motel
Sunday, July 29: Clinton National Bank & Mediacom Baseball Card Strip Giveaway #7 | Carroll County Day
Monday, July 30: Library Night
Tuesday, July 31: Craft Beer Night
Saturday, August 4: Margaritaville Night | Postgame Concert by The Slough Buoys
Sunday, August 5: Fulton / Morrison Day
Thursday, August 9: Lyons Business Professional Association Night
Friday, August 10: Fireworks Spectacular Night
Thursday, August 16: Pack the Park with Kids Day
Friday, August 17: Casey’s 50th Anniversary & Mediacom Ketel Marte Bobblehead Giveaway night
Friday, August 24: Clinton Community College Back to School Bash
Saturday, August 25: Prairie Hills and Clinton Herald Softee Ball Giveaway |Cy-Hawk Night / Game Day Ticket Raffle | Jewel-Osco Discount Night |
Sauk Valley Newspapers Night | Postgame Concert by Lexi Parr
Sunday, August 26: Jackson County Day
Monday, August 27: Clinton County Republican Night
Wednesday, August 29: United Way Night
Thursday, August 30: Whittier Elementary PTA Night
Friday, August 31: Fireworks Spectacular | 2019 Season Ticket Raffle