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Power fans to receive Geno Smith souvenir bobblehead

By Charles Young

Geno Smith fans won't want to bobble this chance.

When the West Virginia Power takes on the Lexington Legends this Saturday, the first 1,000 fans though the gates of Appalachian Power Park will receive a free bobblehead doll featuring the likeness of the former West Virginia University quarterback.

The polyresin doll manufactured by promotions company Team Deastroyer will feature a caricature of Smith in a plain blue uniform preparing to throw a touchdown pass.

Smith led the Mountaineers during their record-setting Orange Bowl Victory against Clemson University in 2012 and during their inaugural 2012-2013 season as part of the Big 12 Conference,

He was recently drafted by the New York Jets in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft.  

Kristin Call, assistant marketing director for the Power, said Smith was contacted to make an appearance at the event but was unable to attend due to prior commitments.

Call said the promotion sponsored by local country station 96.1 The Wolf and the West Virginia National Guard is the Power's way of rewarding loyal fans.

"If you look at our fan base, we have a lot of WVU fans. In the stands, people are always wearing WVU shirts and hats," Call said. "WVU is such a part of our state. It's our way of giving back to what lives and breathes in the heart of the state."

The dolls were made exclusively for the event and will not be remade or sold to the public, Call said.    

Past bobblehead giveaways have included the likenesses of local sports icons like Pat White, Chad Pennington and Ryan Braun. To avoid copyright infringement of WVU's exclusively owned colors and logo, Call said dolls of WVU alumni are always shown in plain uniforms.

The giveaway is a part of the Power's "WVU Night," which will feature appearances by former standouts Da'Sean Butler, Kevin Jones and Truck Bryant.

Fans can meet the popular former players, get autographs and pose for photos. Those older than 18 who attend the game also will be eligible for a drawing to win a flat screen TV as part of the park's recurring "Flat Screen Saturdays" promotion.

Since Appalachian Power Park opened its gates in 2005, the venue has become known for its unique efforts to fill the stands.  In 2012 the Power received a "Golden Bobblehead Award" at the 35th annual Minor League Baseball Promotional Seminar in Reno, Nev. for "Best Theme Night."

The team was recognized for the "Redneck Night" promotion that included a "Redneck Wedding" on top of the first base dugout, a giveaway of camouflage Power hats, appearances by "The World's Strongest Redneck," Steve McGranahan, an appearance by Paw Paw Soggy Bottom and post-game entertainment from Team Ghostrider's Cowboy Monkey Rodeo, a team of dog-riding monkeys.

Call said "Redneck Night" would return May 25 and include an appearance by "Mountain Man" from the television show "Duck Dynasty," as well a duck call giveaway. 


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