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Earl of Bud, Joe D join All-Star lineup

Today marks one month to the Triple-A All-Star Game on July 11 and the Bisons have announced that only 5,500 seats are left for the game, with all party areas and luxury suites sold out.

The Earl of Bud, the dancing machine atop the dugout who was beloved by fans during the 1980s and 1990s, was already set to return to town for his bobblehead night in August -- and the team announced today he will also come back to do his trademark Big Shoe dance during the All-Star Game.

Former Bills guard and Pro Football Hall of Famer Joe DeLamielleure has been added to the lineup for the celebrity portion of the Triple-A Home Run Derby on July 9. He joins a previously announced lineup scheduled to include Jim Kelly, Fred Jackson, Russ Brandon, Rob Gronkowski and Nick Bakay.

In other Triple-A All-Star ticket news:

---There are about 7,000 tickets left for the Home Run Derby, which will showcase top Triple-A sluggers and the celebrities. The only party area option left is the All-You-Can-Eat Pavilion Party, where fans can get a two-hour buffet and a ticket to the Derby for only $30 (meal upgrade on existing Home Run Derby ticket is $20).

---The team will be selling 200 Buffalo News All-Star 4-packs, which feature four tickets in Sections 123, 125, 126 or 128 for the game, four hot dogs, four Coca-Cola drinks and 15% off at all Bisons gift shops on July 11. The price of $99 is a saving of $26. They are available at or by calling THE-HERD (843-4373).

---The team is launching ticket giveaways on its Facebook page at There will be two drawings a week and all fans that “like” the Bisons facebook page are eligible to win. Each Tuesday from June 12 to July 3, one follower will win two tickets to the All-Star Game and on the three Fridays from June 15-29, a follower will win two tickets to the Home Run Derby.

---There will also be activities on the stadium plaza during All-Star week, featuring the Coca-Cola Swelter Stopper truck and a 30-foot XBox vehicle giving XBox prize giveaways and the chance to play Kinect Sports Season Two and Dance Central 2.

---Mike Harrington

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