MINNEAPOLIS - The winter weekend that die-hard Twins Fans await with anticipation is finally here.

For the first time, TwinsFest, the biggest fundraiser for the Twins Community Fund, will be held at Target Field.

TwinsFest begins Friday and runs through Sunday, a weekend that allows fans to get autographs and take pictures with their favorite Twins players, both past and present. Several of the Twins players include Joe Mauer, Chris Parmelee, Eric Fryer, and Brian Dozier. Fans can also meet baseball legends like Bery Blyleven and Rod Carew.

The Twins Community Fund provides financing for various youth sports and activities in the Twin Cities-area, and also provides support for college scholarships. Accoridng to Dave St. Peter, President of the Twins, since 1989, Twins Fest has raised about $4 million for the Twins Community Fund. "We believe kids having access to those games is important, not just for the competitive reasons but because of those life skills that those games teach," said St. Peter.

Fans will also have unprecedented access to exclusive areas such as the team's clubhouse, the Twins batting cage, the Thompson Reuters Champions Club, and the Delta 360 Legends club.

In addition, TwinsFest organizers have put together a yard sale, where baseball memorabilia, as low as $2, is up for grabs. Items include game-used jerseys, autographed baseball bats, and catcher's gear.

"Its going to be a wonderful celebration of baseball but maybe more importantly than anything else, I think it will a great reminder to us in Minnesota that spring is coming," said St. Peter.

This time around, the smallest of fans can connect with their favorite players. Kids can compete against the Twins players with interactive activities like a bingo game and bubble-gum blowing contest.

TwinsFest tickets are sold out for Saturday.

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