Folks have been tweeting their Redsfest-related questions using the hashtag #AskRedsfest.  Reds Director of Promotional Events Zach Bonkowski (@Bongreatness on Twitter) today stopped by Better Off Red Headquarters to answer some of those questions.  Zach will be back again before Redsfest to answer more queries…

@Drinck7: Where do I buy a 2 day #Redsfest pass? And it’s $25.00 right? #AskRedsfest

Zach: Two-day Redsfest passes are $25 for adults and $12 for children under 12.  (Note: Single day tickets are $17 for adults and $7 for children 12 and under).   Tickets can be purchased online (Reds.com), at  the Great American Ball Park administration building from 8:30-5:30 (closed 11/24 & 11/25) and at select Kroger locations that use Ticketmaster.


@kehme: would it be unnecessary for a season tix holder to register for the autograph session giveaways? #askredsfest

Zach: Season ticket holders have a unique opportunity for autographs by utilizing the season ticket holder autograph booth inside Redsfest.  However, you can increase your chances of getting the autograph  of your favorite player IF you registered for the online autograph opportunity or if you bid on the elite pass auction (elite pass auction continues through Monday).


@kehme: how many Redsfest tix does a season ticket holder receive? #askRedsfest

• Partials (including Premium partials)- go to Baker’s Dozen accounts and up.  Those folks get the like number of seats with a max of 2 per account
• Full- non-premium get the like number of seats with a  max of 4 per account
• Full- prem get 4 per account no matter how many seats they have


@spamadama: Will Joey Votto sign autographs for adults as well as kids? #AskRedsfest

Zach: Joey Votto’s limited ability (Friday only) will limit him to one autograph opportunity for children, a photograph opportunity that’s open to all attendees, and the pre-registered online opportunity that was conducted on Reds.com.


@kehme: since attendee list shows Votto & Rolen on Fri only, safe to assume neither will play in poker tourney? #askredsfest

Zach: Yes, they’re both unable to play poker on Saturday, however, their autograph jerseys will still be given away as prizes.


@beamer1117: will autographs from you at the BOR Lounge also be for the first 225 #askRedsfest

ME:  I will only signed the following items:

  • Any magazines or calendars featuring cats.
  • Cincinnati Reds Merchandise catalogs, circa 2000-01.
  • Kim Kardashian wedding announcements.
  • Concert t-shirts.
  • Lee May 8×10 photos.
  • Mercury Marty blue jeans.
  • John Fay’s broken ipad.
  • Burt BobbleRed wine bottles.
  • Checks made out to me.


@majorsbpm: if the elite pass for votto is for sat but he’s only attending Friday (what should we do?).

Zach: Those who bid on Saturday should’ve received an email from MLBAM (Major League Baseball Advanced Media) on the procedure of adjusting (or moving) your bid.  If you have not, please contact the Reds BAM administrator Jarrod Rollins at JRollins@reds.com


@munsen02: Do the lottery announcements come out today?  I hope so, it’ll affect my jersey order…

Zach: MLBAM will be notifying winners in waves throughout the day and weekend.


@AdamTurer: What can I do over the next 2 weeks to gain enough notoriety to be eligible for the Celebrity Wiffleball Home Run Derby? #AskRedsfest

ME: Appear on a popular Travel Channel television eating program wearing a Better Off Red t-shirt.


A few notes from Zach:

  • We’ll continue to update Redsfest player appearances on Reds.com/Redsfest as we continue to contact and talk to current players as well as Reds alumni and minor leaguers. 
  • Players with attendance conflicts: Paul Janish and Nick Masset, (both recently welcomed new additions to their families), Miguel Cairo (family wedding), Dave Sappelt and Carlos Fisher (winter ball).
  • Due to safety concerns all bags are subject to inspection before entrance to Redsfest.  (Same policy as GABP inspection –  bags bigger than 16x16x8 are not permitted).  Fans are still permitted to bring in baseball bats and other larger, unique items to get signed (such as seatbacks, etc.).


Do you want 2 free tickets to Redsfest?  The 50th person to tweet the following message, in it’s entirety, wins the tickets….

I’m looking forward to seeing #BurtBobbleRed at the BOR booth at Redsfest! 

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1 Comment

I just did this on twitter…I am new to twitter…I have been on fb for a long time, but twitter is confusing to me!! I realize that this post was a couple of days ago, but I thought I would try anyway! Will you be doing anymore contests for redsfest tickets? We take our son every year..he is 8….he LOVES it!


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