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Fans of the “Most Legendary Adventurally in America” can turn out to New Town and Merchants Square next week to watch the filming of Fireball Run, as well as meet the show’s cast of astronauts and celebrities.
The adventure travel web series features 50 teams of drivers competing in an eight-day, 2,000-mile traveling trivia game, stopping at various junctures along the route to complete challenges and solve puzzles.
Williamsburg was selected in late 2014 as one of the destinations to be featured in the upcoming season, and the show will be filming in the Historic Triangle on Sept. 28 and 29.
The driving teams will race from Queen Anne’s County, Maryland to Williamsburg, crossing the finish line in New Town at 3 p.m. Sept. 28.
Spectators are invited to turn out to cheer on the racers and watch the show film, then enjoy a free finish line party in New Town once filming wraps.
NASA will be on site providing special activities like a giant globe tent and spacecraft inflatables, and guests will have the opportunity to talk to the astronauts and other stars of the show.
This season’s cast includes NASA Astronaut Jon McBride; Rakesh Sharma, the first Indian in space and holder of the title Hero of the Soviet Union; Marcos Cesar Pontes, a Brazilian astronaut; and Jean-Loup Chretien, a retired French brigadier general.
Four celebrities will also be joining in the fun, including Jacqueline Siegel, star of The Queen of Versailles; America’s Next Top Model winner Adrianne Curry; Grant Imahara of MythBusters; and Ray McClelland of Speed Network’s Car Warriors.
A ticketed reception and dinner will follow the finish line celebration at 6:30 p.m.
Guests can mix and mingle with the stars of the show as well as the local civic leaders who helped bring the show to the Greater Williamsburg area.
Hogarth’s Bar and Bistro will be catering dinner, which will be at Legacy Hall.
The cast and crew of the show will present Child Development Resources, a local non-profit serving infants and toddlers in need, with a donation of material goods at the dinner, in keeping with the tradition of highlighting a local charity at each location that they visit.
The Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance selected CDR to be the beneficiary of Fireball Run’s Williamsburg visit in honor of that organization’s 50th anniversary this year.
The next morning fans can head over to the starting line for the next leg of the race, which will be located in Merchants Square on Duke of Gloucester Street. Filming will take place from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Sept. 29.
Fans who cannot make it out to any of the filming or meet-and-greet events can catch the show when it begins streaming next June on Fireball Run’s website.
Persons interested in purchasing tickets for the reception dinner, which start at $75 per person, can click here.