“Striking Out Meth in Marion County” will pitch its eighth annual event at Volcanoes Stadium in Keizer on July 26.

The summer highlight has become one of the top draws of the season for the Class A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants. Before the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes battle the Tri-City Dust Devils (affiliate of the Colorado Rockies), fans of all ages can visit with local, state and federal law enforcement professionals and see many of their vehicles and special equipment. In addition, local nonprofit agencies and sponsoring businesses host displays to provide information about their services, interact with youth and encourage positive family friendly activities.

Gates open at 5:30 p.m. to allow time for touring the displays; game time is 6:35 p.m. General admission tickets are $7 if purchased in advance and parking is $3. Tickets can be purchased by calling 503-390-2225 or visiting HYPERLINK "" \o "blocked::"

“Striking Out Meth in Marion County shows the lighter side of law enforcement,” said Marion County Commissioner Patti Milne, chair of the event. “This family event is a celebration of our community successes in the fight against meth and other dangerous drugs. Each year, our goal is to increase youth and family attendance so that more young people can learn about healthy, positive alternatives to the lifestyle of drug abuse. The opportunity to interact with law enforcement professionals and see young athletes playing professional baseball also teaches youth about potential career paths. We encourage families to come early to the ball park, tour the displays located throughout the stadium and enjoy the pregame activities on the field.”

A helicopter will fly in a law enforcement leader to Volcanoes Stadium. A bomb squad robot will deliver the ball for ceremonial first pitches thrown by leaders from area law enforcement agencies. Between innings, fans will see demonstrations of a K-9 dog team taking down a bad guy trying to steal second base. Fireworks at the conclusion of the game top off the evening.

With major sponsorship support this year from McDonald’s of Salem-Keizer and SELCO Community Credit Union, a record number of youth is expected to attend. Other generous sponsors include Silverton Health, Rural Metro Ambulance and American Family Insurance. Striking Out Meth in Marion County is planned and organized by the Marion County Public Safety Coordinating Council and Volcanoes Baseball.

For more information about the event, visit HYPERLINK "" \o "blocked::" or

call 503-588-5212.