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Community, Miners gearing up for Marion Day on June 29

Managing Editor
updated: 6/18/2018 5:38 PM

MARION -- One of Marion's most popular businesses over the last decade-plus -- the Southern Illinois Miners -- are off to a 16-11 start this summer and stand only one-half game out of first place in the West Division of the Frontier League behind the River City Rascals.

On Friday, June 29, it will be "Marion Community Day" at Rent One Park. With the Chamber of Commerce taking the lead, the city expects to be well represented with both businesses and residents taking part in the festive occasion.

"It's a time where the community can get together, while having a good time and support the Miners," said Mayor Anthony Rinella. "It's an opportunity to meet new acquaintances and see your friends in a relaxed atmosphere, while enjoying the game and eating a ballpark hot dog. Nothing better than that. Most important, we have to support local business. In doing so, we will continue to grow as a community and be successful in that regard."

Chamber Executive Director Dalus Ben Avi echoed the mayor's sentiments.

"The Marion Chamber of Commerce Community Day Committee, chaired by Amber Ciochetto with Crisp Container, is working diligently to make the day a success," Ben Avi said. "The committee chose a Friday night game because of the draw of the fireworks and ending the workweek with a bang, but they specifically chose June 29 because it is Military Appreciation Night at Rent One Park and we wanted to be a part of that celebration, as well."

Ben Avi added that the Chamber has worked with the Miners on many fronts over the last several years to "build a healthy economy and improve the quality of life in Marion."

The Chamber is selling tickets for the game. Cost is $10 per box seat, $2 off the regular price. A portion of any tickets purchased prior to 4 p.m. on June 25 will benefit the annual Chamber Graduation Spree. Those businesses/individuals who purchase a table on the concourse at $125 will be awarded four general admission tickets to the game and a display table on the concourse during the game to promote the business and/or products. All tables must be purchased by 4 p.m. on June 25. Those individuals who would like to spend less, may purchase a $5 general admission ticket, which is $2 off the regular price.

"Save money and support a great cause by purchasing your tickets or table through the Marion Chamber," Ben Avi said.

For more information, call the Chamber office at 618-997-6311 or email