The 2020 Reds Caravan presented by the Cincinnati Regional Tourism Network kicks off Thursday, Jan. 16 with four tours that will make stops in five states over three days.

Reds Kentuckiana Radio Affiliate WSLM 97.9 FM and WSLM 1220 AM will host the local caravan stop for the 6th year.

“We are extremely blessed to be an affiliate with the Reds and also to be able to host a visit with Major and Minor league players in Salem,” said WSLM President and General Manager Becky White. 

The invitation-only event is not open to the general public at the request of the Reds organization. 

“You can go to the Louisville stop and be one of a thousand people moving through a line and hopefully get the chance to speak with a player or staff member,” said White. “Or you can sign up at one of the local businesses in Salem participating in our promotion and get the chance to come and share a meal with the Reds as well as participate in a Q&A session, get your photo with a player and get an article signed.”

Those businesses who would like to participate should call 812.620.7271 or email [email protected] 

The Reds Caravan provides fans of all ages with the opportunity to interact with current and former players, top minor leaguers, broadcasters, members of the Reds front office and mascots.

At each of the stops, the groups will field questions and sign autographs while time allows.

Among the attendees expected for the 2020 Caravan are Reds Manager David Bell, 2019 All-Star pitcher Luis Castillo, catcher Tucker Barnhart, outfielder Aristides Aquino, pitchers Lucas Sims and Amir Garrett infielder Josh VanMeter and more.

The full list of attendees for each tour group and times of the stops will be announced in early January.

North Tour

  • Thursday, Jan. 16 – Columbus, OH (Polaris Fashion Place)
  • Friday, Jan. 17 – Lima, OH (Apollo Career Center)
  • Saturday, Jan. 18 – Dayton, OH (National Museum of the U.S. Air Force) & Hamilton, OH (Parrish Auditorium)

South Tour

  • Thursday, Jan. 16 – Louisville, KY (Louisville Slugger Field)
  • Friday, Jan. 17 – Bowling Green, KY (Greenwood Mall) & Nashville, TN (CoolSprings Galleria)
  • Saturday, Jan. 18 – Lexington, KY (The Red Mile)

East Tour

  • Thursday, Jan. 16 – Athens, OH (Athens Community Center)
  • Friday, Jan. 17 – Charleston, WV (Charleston Town Center)
  • Saturday, Jan. 18 – Parkersburg/Vienna, WV (Grand Central Mall) & Huntington, WV (Huntington Mall)

West Tour

  • Thursday, Jan. 16 – Muncie, IN (Stoops Automotive)
  • Friday, Jan. 17 – Evansville, IN (Eastland Mall)
  • Saturday, Jan. 18 – Indianapolis, IN (Castleton Square Mall) & Batesville, IN (Southeastern Indiana YMCA)

Representing the Reds farm system on the Caravan will include Jonathan India, Michael Siani, Narciso Crook & José Garcia.

All Caravan locations, times and participants are subject to change.

The Reds Caravan will also visit over 20 Reds on Radio affiliates as well as schools, businesses, and hospitals throughout Reds Country.