Thursday, January 12, 2006

CINCINNATI - The Cincinnati Reds today announced the dates, times and locations for their annual Winter Caravan. All stops are free and open to the public.

The winter caravan will make its first public stop on Thursday, January 26 at Pinheads in northeast Indianapolis, followed the next day by stops at the Lima Mall in Lima and Flannaganís Dublin on the outskirts of Columbus. The caravan will make its first visit to Indianapolis since 2001.

On Saturday, January 28, the caravan will visit Frickerís in the Dayton suburb of
West Carrollton and the Louisville Slugger Museum in Louisville. The road trip will conclude on Sunday, January 29 with visits to the Ashland Town Center in Ashland, KY and Champion Sports Lexington in Nicholasville.

The very popular Winter Caravan provides fans with the opportunity to interact with Reds manager
Jerry Narron, players, broadcasters and other members of the front office staff. At each stop, the group will field questions from fans, sign autographs and pose for photographs. Sales representatives will be on hand to discuss season tickets and group sales, and the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum also will display a traveling exhibit.

Scheduled to appear at all seven Winter Caravan stops are
Narron, general manager Dan OíBrien, Hall of Fame broadcaster Marty Brennaman and Reds Radio partner Steve Stewart along with representatives of the new ownership group. Senior special assistant Gene Bennett will join the group in Ashland.

Newly-acquired pitcher
Dave Williams will be accompanied on the Thursday and Friday stops by the organizationís Minor League Player of the Year, which will be announced at the LaSalle High School Stag on Wednesday, January 25. Pitcher Kent Mercker once again will attend the popular stop at Flannaganís Dublin.

Todd Coffey and Tom Browning, the newest member of the Reds Hall of Fame, will be in Dayton, Louisville, Ashland and Lexington.

Austin Kearns will visit the Champion Sports Lexington event. More caravan participants will be announced next week.

Date:   Location        Time
Thursday, January 26    Indianapolis, Pinheads  5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Friday, January 27      Lima, Lima Mall Noon to 2:00 p.m.
                        Columbus, Flannaganís Dublin    5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 28    Dayton, Frickerís in West Carrollton    Noon to 2:00 p.m.
                        Louisville, Louisville Slugger Museum   5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, January 29      Ashland, KY, Ashland Town Center        Noon to 2:00 p.m.
                        Nicholasville, KY, Champion Sports Lexington    5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Media Availability
Caravan participants will be available to the media prior to each event. Television stations interested in live shots during a scheduled event should contact Rob Butcher at (513) 765-7090.
In Dayton, the caravan also will be available to the media prior to the January 26 Dayton Agonis Club luncheon at the Kettering Presidential Banquet Center. The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m..