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Annual fan fest and BBQ allowing public to meet this year's Kitchener Rangers team

The fan fest goes Sunday morning from 10:00 a.m. to noon at The Aud, ahead of the final day of the preseason showcase
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It's a chance to get some food, support some local causes and meet the 2018-19 edition of the Kitchener Rangers.

Although the team is yet to be fully finalized ahead of the regular season, players will be out and about to mingle with fans as part of the team's annual fan fest and BBQ.

"There's going to be rides, there's going to be a team player autograph session," says Rangers communications manager Alyscia Warner, "Fans can get selfies with their favourite players and of course the BBQ."

The event comes amid the team's first-ever preseason showcase, also featuring the OHL's North Bay Battalion, Saginaw Spirit and the QMJHL's Moncton Wildcats.

"We hope that (fans) not only come and cheer us on, but they also come and see some of the other teams taking part in this weekend's action," she adds.

"It is a pretty unique thing to come and see."

Sun Life Financial Kids In Gear program will be on scene, accepting donations of used hockey equipment.

Day 3 will also see Moncton play Saginaw at 11:00 a.m., while North Bay will tangle with the blueshirts at 2:00 p.m.

"We're anxious to see our fans again, for the first time since our long playoff run last year," she said.

570 NEWS' own play-by-play man Mike Farwell will be live on location too.

You can listen in on 570 NEWS from noon until 1:00 p.m. for his season preview show.

If you want to get into the games today, it's only $5.00 per game and $10.00 for the whole weekend.

Proceeds will go towards the Children's Wish Foundation.

The team says it is a rain or shine event.  And if necessary, will move festivities to the Kiwanis and Kinsmen Arenas inside The Aud.

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