The St. Louis Cardinals announced the schedule for the team’s 2017 Cardinals Caravan, presented by Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance. This year’s caravan will travel through six states (Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana) and will be marked by a first time stop in Effingham, Ill. and a return to Hannibal, Mo. Altogether, more than 35 current and former players will embark on the 21-city journey throughout Cardinals Nation from January 13-16. Unfortunately for local St. Louis Cardinals' fans, the 2017 caravan did not schedule a stop in Sedalia.

As in previous years, the Cardinals will be implementing an autograph ticket system at each stop. The first 400 kids, ages 15 and under, through the door on the day of the event will receive a free autograph ticket which guarantees one autograph from each current and former player. Due to high demand, autographs will only be available for fans 15 and under.

Additionally, as a new component to the 2017 Caravan, the Cardinals and Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance are teaming to fight local hunger. At select Caravan stops, fans can bring a nonperishable food donation to help those in need through Feeding Missouri’s fine partners. Donations will be collected at all eight Missouri stops, in addition to the Quincy, Ill. and Dyersburg, Tenn. stops. The full schedule for the 2017 Cardinals Caravan (#CardsCaravan), including destinations, times and participating players, can be found at cardinals.com/caravan.

Unfortunately for local St. Louis Cardinals' fans, the 2017 caravan did not schedule a stop in Sedalia, but all games this season can be heard on Newstalk 1050 KSIS.

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