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Toledo Mud Hens
The Toledo Mud Hens, the Triple A minor league affiliate of Major League Baseball’s Detroit Tigers for 26 years, plays home games from April through September at Fifth Third Field at 406 Washington St. in Toledo’s Warehouse District. Future major leaguers are among those on the team’s roster, and occasionally fans can see current major leaguers sent down for rehab or to better hone their skills.

Mud Hens manager Phil Nevin, 41, will be in his second season at the helm this year. The Mud Hens finished 67-77 in 2011.

A number of special events and promotions are held throughout the season, including fireworks displays planned after 25 games this year. Every Sunday home game, two Mud Hens players will sign autographs and kids run the bases after the game.

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Mud Hens play at Fifth Third Field
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ARCA/Toledo Speedway
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Fremont Speedway

Fifth Third Field offers visitors a wide variety of food choices that goes way beyond the traditional hot dogs, peanuts and popcorn, including Philly steak sandwiches, gyros, chicken, fried bologna and more. For 2012, stadium concessions include new treats including a Mexican hot dog topped with nacho cheese sauce, chili, diced onions, shredded cheddar cheese, salsa, and sour cream on a hot dog bun; pulled, slow-smoked chicken sandwich with “We Be Ribs” barbecue sauce served on a Kaiser bun and more. As Homer Simpson says:  Mmmmmmm. 

For more info or tickets, call 419-725-HENS or visit www.mudhens.com


Toledo Walleye
The Toledo Walleye, an ECHL hockey league affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings and the Chicago Blackhawks, play from October until early April at the 8,000-seat Huntington Center in downtown Toledo.

While the Walleye haven’t had the success that of late that got them to the playoffs in their first season in 2009-2010, they remain one of the league’s biggest attractions. The team has been near the top of the 20-team league in attendance and attracted 225,060 fans in the 2011-12 season, In total, the Walleye have attracted 665,946 fans – including 30 sellouts – in their first three seasons at the Huntington Center. The fourth season begins in October.

For tickets or more info, call 419-725-WALL or visit www.toledowalleye.com.
 

ARCA/ Toledo Speedway
ARCA/Toledo Speedway features ARCA-sanctioned, late-model stock car, factory stocks and sportsman racing Friday nights April through Sept. 29 at 5639 Benore Rd. off the I-75/Alexis Road exit in Toledo.

The speedway features a half-mile, semi-banked oval and quarter-mile figure eight in the middle. Events include Monster Truck racing, sportsman, figure-8, street stocks, winged sprint cars and 4-cylinder racing.

Special events during the season include a “Rusty Wallace Racing Experience” where you have the opportunity to drive or ride in a stock car, the annual running of the Glass City 200, special Kids Nights with free hot dogs, chips and drinks, smashing school bus figure-8 races and more.

For more info about the speedway, call 419-727-1100, or visit www.toledospeedway.com.
 

Fremont Speedway
The Fremont Speedway, located at the Sandusky County Fairgrounds at Rawson and North Front Street in Fremont, will celebrate its 61st season with racing by 410 and 305 sprint cars and trucks most Saturday nights from April through September.

Besides big shows, the “Track that Action Built” plans to offer some diversity this season, said Fremont Speedway promoter Rich Farmer.

“We understand our top priority is providing entertainment and excitement to keep our loyal fans interested and bring in new fans to racing. Our 2012 schedule does all of that,” Farmer says.

Competing nearly every Saturday on the one-third mile, semi-banked clay 0val track will be the Fort Ball Pizza Palace 410 Sprints, Fremont Federal Credit Union 305 Sprints and the Fremont Fence Dirt Trucks. The schedule is highlighted by six appearances of the University of Northwestern Ohio All Star Circuit of Champion Sprint Cars, including three $10,000-to-win events.

Fremont Speedway is teaming with Wayne County Speedway for a special Summer Sizzler weekend Aug. 10-11. On Friday, Aug. 10, Wayne County will host the first leg of the inaugural event with a $2,500-to-win affair. Then on Saturday, Aug. 11, Fremont will host the Auto Value Group Night 305 verses 360 sprint race with the 410 sprints competing for the $2,500-to-win purse. If the same team wins at Wayne County and at Fremont that weekend, there is a $2,000 bonus.

The Kistler Racing Products Fremont Attica Sprint Title (FAST) Championship Series has 10 events at Fremont Speedway as well as at Attica Raceway Park with a separate point fund from that of both tracks worth $10,0000 to the champion

The 13th Annual 305 Sprint Invitational – one of the largest purses in the nation for that division – will feature 305 sprints and a special ladies Powder Puff Dirt Truck event. Kids will have bicycle races based on age classes

For more info about events and tickets, call 419-307-4241 (office), 419-333-0478 (track), or visit www.fremontohspeedway.com.


Summit Motorsports Park
Top alcohol fuel dragsters and funny cars with 8,000 horsepower engines scream down the track from zero to 300 mph at Summit Motorsports Park, located at 1300 SR 18 in Norwalk. Racing is scheduled on Fridays, Saturdays and some other dates in 2012.

If you enjoy being close to the action, Summit is the place to be. Every ticket gets visitors access into the pit areas to visit the racers and watch them work on their vehicles. Photos are welcome and you may be able to get an autograph or two.

For a complete schedule and more info, call 419-668-5555, or visit www.summitmotorsportspark.com.


Bowling for –  the fun of it
Recreational or skilled bowlers looking to live life in the fast lane have several centers to choose from in the Maumee Bay area. Many of them offer glow bowling (luminescent balls rolled down lanes near darkness) as well as bumper rails for kids and newbie bowlers who need help to get rolling. Local lanes include:

• Bay Center Recreation, 3316 Navarre Ave. (SR 2), Oregon. 419-691-3593

• Eastern Freeway Lanes, 3511 Woodville Rd. at I-280, Northwood. 419-691-8551

• Toledo Sports Center, 1516 Starr Ave., Toledo. 419-693-0687

• Tri County Bowling Lanes, 512 Lime St., Woodville. 419-849-3400

• 20th Century Lanes, 1284 S. SR 19, Oak Harbor. 419-898-8701


Eastern YMCA
The Eastern YMCA, 2960 Pickle Rd., Oregon, offers a wide range of activities through a variety of facilities, including indoor and outdoor pools, an expansive double gymnasium, steam room and sauna, fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment, three racquetball-handball courts, indoor running/walking track, youth and adult locker rooms, a KidZone nursery, and a sand volleyball court. Meeting rooms and non-athletic educational activities are also offered. For more info, call 419-691-3523, or visit www.ymcatoledo.org.


Roll on in
No matter the weather outside you can always enjoy roller skating indoors year-round at Fun Spot Arena in Oregon. Founded in 1960, the family-owned rink at 525 Earlwood Ave. off I-280 at the Starr Avenue exit offers in-line skating on an old-fashioned roller skating rink. Available for parties.

For more info, call 419-693-1421.

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