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Hagerstown celebrates Nora Roberts
05/26/2007 8:02 PM ET
HAGERSTOWN, Md. -- The Hagerstown Suns, The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Turn The Page Bookstore announced on Friday that for the first time ever, a limited-edition bobblehead of a world-renown best-selling author will be given away at a professional baseball game.

Recently named to Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential in the World List, Nora Roberts is arguably Washington County's most famous citizen. She is also a die-hard baseball fan.

The highlight of this summer will be a July 6 Hagerstown Suns baseball game, as Washington County's own Nora Roberts will be in attendance. The Suns and the CVB will be honoring the world-famous best-selling author with her very own bobblehead. The Washington County Commissioners will be declaring July 6 as Nora Roberts Day, and Washington County's own international celebrity will be throwing out the first pitch, before the Suns game against Delmarva. Nora Roberts bobbleheads sponsored by the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau and Turn The Page Bookstore will be given away to the first 1,000 fans.

"I'm thrilled to have this first-ever bobblehead be done in my likeness," Nora Roberts said. "I love baseball, and I've enjoyed being a part of Hagerstown Suns games during the past two seasons. The upcoming July 6 game will be a real treat for me."

"This is an honor for our organization to sponsor this first-ever Nora Roberts Bobblehead," said Tom Riford the President of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau. "Nora Roberts brings name recognition and an enhanced image to our Western Maryland community. Washington County is proud of Nora Roberts, and proud that she continues to bring world-wide attention to our county."

Turn the Page Bookstore is owned and operated by Bruce Wilder, Nora's husband. "Nora and I are very pleased that our bookstore is involved in this terrific promotion. We love the Hagerstown Suns, and we love the bobblehead!"

Will Smith is the General Manager of the Hagerstown Suns, "Having Nora Roberts agree to have a bobblehead created in her likeness is a real thrill. To have the all time best-selling author be a part of this, to throw out the first pitch at the July 6 game, and to be a gracious part of our community is phenomenally exciting."

Located in Boonsboro, Turn The Page Bookstore is a member of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau. For more information, see:

The Suns are the Class A affiliate of the Washington Nationals and are owned by Los Angeles based Mandalay Baseball Properties. For more information, or to purchase tickets, contact the Suns a 301.791.6266 or visit online at