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Reader's Digest Best of America tour stops at Hagerstown Suns game

One of the reasons for the tour is because baseball fans, with their tendency to value family, are an important demographic for the magazine

June 16, 2013|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com
  • Riley Burns, left, 7, and her brother, Jack Burns, right, 4, of Hagerstown, play the ring toss game under the Readers Digest Best of America tent Sunday afternoon at Municipal Stadium in Hagerstown.
By Joe Crocetta, Staff Photographer

Reader’s Digest, still around after all these years, was out Sunday being part of Americana.

As part of the Reader’s Digest Best of America tour, representatives of the magazine were at the Hagerstown Suns game at Municipal Stadium for a little fun.

Copies of the July issue were being handed out, enlightening people on subjects including “13 Things Farmers Won’t Tell You,” and several Reader’s Digest books were spread out on a table.

Kids could stop by for a chance to lob a lizard into a basket or fling a ring onto a bottle top.

Tour manager Spencer Tintorri said at the tour booth just inside the main gate that one of the reasons Reader’s Digest is organizing the tour is because baseball fans — with their tendency to value family — are an important demographic for the magazine.

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Tintorri said the Reader’s Digest Best of America tour has been hitting a few minor baseball stadiums in the East and its last stop was in Trenton, N.J. It’s next visit will be at a stadium in Bowie, Md.

Other sponsors of the event were Beneful dog food, Petplan, a pet insurance service, and Geico.

“It’s a great little setup for the kids,” said T.J. Custer, who stopped by with his 4-year-old daughter, Kaydence, and girlfriend, Christina Curry.

To her delight, Kaydence was able to hit a contraption just right to launch a rubber lizard into a waiting basket. Curry vouched for Reader’s Digest’s continued popularity, saying her mother gets the magazine.

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