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Mayor Muriel Bowser help to cut the ribbon, officially opening All-Star FanFest WASHINGTON — The ribbon has been cut and the 2018 Geico All-Star FanFest is officially underway. Crowds of fans lined up outside the Walter E. Washington Convention Center early Friday morning for the ribbon-cutting ceremony and to be among the first to partake in this year’s FanFest activities leading up to the 89th MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. ET on FOX.

After saying a few words, Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser grabbed a large pair of scissors and stepped up to the ribbon ready to declare FanFest officially open.

Six other VIPs joined Bowser on stage, including Mark Lerner (principal owner of the Nationals), Tony Petitti (MLB deputy Commissioner of business and media), Hall of Famer Juan Marichal, three-time Olympic softball gold medalist Lisa Fernandez and former Nationals Ryan Church and Justin Maxwell. “When you look at the people on that stage and to actually be considered a part of them, it’s just an honor to be able to be here and represent my sport as well,” Fernandez said.

“You work so hard to be able to bring light to this game, because I know how valuable it is for little girls and boys to be able to learn about life. God’s blessed me with incredible talent, and to be able to give back, and hopefully a little kid is going to see me on that stage and [think], ‘Man, I’m just like her,’ and know they can do it as well.” Read more from mlb.com…

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