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Avalanche Reach Out to Lost Monkey "Oops"

July 9, 2006 - Carolina League (CarL) - Salem Red Sox News Release

SALEM, VA -- America's most famous monkey is on the loose, and Salem's professional baseball team is doing their part to bring her home.

The Salem Avalanche will be holding Monkey Business Monday at tomorrow's game against the Potomac Nationals. As with all Monday home games, fans can receive $1 General Admission tickets with a coupon from the Roanoke Times or Tomorrow, however, the Avalanche will extend the $1 General Admission tickets to all fans presenting bananas at the ticket office, in hopes that Oops will seek out the tasty fruit.

Oops, an 11 year-old Japanese macaque, escaped from Roanoke's Mill Mountain Zoo over a week ago. The Avalanche hope that their offering of free bananas will lure her back to safety.

In addition to the reduced-admission with presentation of bananas at the box office, the Avalanche will also offer a half-price "Monkey Tracks" Ice Cream cone special while supplies last. Fans purchasing any Ice Cream will also have the option to add "Oops Poops" (chocolate sprinkles) to their order at no additional charge.

"We all want to see Oops return to Mill Mountain Zoo safely," said Avalanche VP / General Manager, John Katz. "My kids always look forward to visiting the Mill Mountain Zoo and will be very disappointed if Oops is not back in her habitat very soon."

Fans can also expect some general Monkey Business throughout the ballgame, including monkey-themed music, video clips and promotions.

The highlight of the event will be a "Hairiest Back" contest, co-sponsored by Avalanche Broadcaster Adam Pohl and Josh Eagan, Salem's Director of Sales and Marketing. The fan judged to have the hairiest back will be awarded two Season Tickets for the remainder of the 2006 season.

"Now that we have been excluded from the competition, a lucky fan can win," said Pohl. "Josh and I would be instant winners, but rules prevent us from participating."

Fans will have an opportunity to vote for the winner, and the King (or Queen) of the Concrete Jungle will be crowned during the Seventh Inning Stretch.

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