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Blazers Kick Off 2015-16 NBA Season with Annual Fan Fest

In early October the Portland Trailblazers hold a party at the Moda Center to celebrate the opening of the new NBA season.  Their annual get-together with their loyal Blazermaniacs is call Fan Fest.  The event is free to all and when the doors open at 6pm many Blazer players are on hand welcoming the 14,000 fans as they enter the Moda Center.  Blazer players also participated in an open Q&A with fans on the main concourse.  The evening is very loose, festive and interactive.  The main event of the evening is a scrimmage between the black team led by Damian Lillard against the white team featuring Meyers Leonard and CJ McCollum.  The hotly contested game came down to the buzzer as the white team leading 31-30 intercepted an inbound play intended for Lillard to hold on for the win.

More Photos on the Portland Tribune Web Site:  http://portlandtribune.com/pt/254-sports/trail-blazers/275585-151531-slideshow-blazers-fan-fest

Portland Trailblazer guard Damian Lillard takes a selfie with fans as they enter the Moda Center for Fan Fest 2015.

Portland Trailblazer guard Damian Lillard takes a selfie with fans as they enter the Moda Center for Fan Fest 2015.

Portland Trailblazer guard Luis Montero greets fans as they enter the Moda Center for Fan Fest 2015.

Portland Trailblazer guard Luis Montero greets fans as they enter the Moda Center for Fan Fest 2015.

Trailblazer forward Mason Plumlee (24) blocks the layup attempt by CJ McCollum (3) during the first quarter of the Blazer Fan Fest scrimmage. Also pictured are Noah Vonleh (21) and Ed Davis (17).

Trailblazer forward Mason Plumlee (24) blocks the layup attempt by CJ McCollum (3) during the first quarter of the Blazer Fan Fest scrimmage. Also pictured are Noah Vonleh (21) and Ed Davis (17).

Trailblazer forward Meyers Leonard (11) dunks the ball on a second quarter break during the Blazer Fan Fest scrimmage.

Trailblazer forward Meyers Leonard (11) dunks the ball on a second quarter break during the Blazer Fan Fest scrimmage.

Trailblazer guard CJ McCullum (right) shoots over the reach of forward Omari Johnson (1) during the second quarter of the Blazer Fan Fest scrimmage.

Trailblazer guard CJ McCullum (right) shoots over the reach of forward Omari Johnson (1) during the second quarter of the Blazer Fan Fest scrimmage.

Trailblazer guard Damian Lillard (0) shoots a jumper in the lane during the third quarter of the Fan Fest scrimmage.

Trailblazer guard Damian Lillard (0) shoots a jumper in the lane during the third quarter of the Fan Fest scrimmage.

Trailblazer forward Omari Johnson (1) dunks the ball on the tail end of a fourth quarter fast break during the Fan Fest scrimmage.

Trailblazer forward Omari Johnson (1) dunks the ball on the tail end of a fourth quarter fast break during the Fan Fest scrimmage.

Trailblazer guard CJ McCullum (3) sets of on a fast break past forward Noah Vonleh (left) during the first quarter of the Fan Fest scrimmage.

Trailblazer guard CJ McCullum (3) sets of on a fast break past forward Noah Vonleh (left) during the first quarter of the Fan Fest scrimmage.

Trailblazer guard Damian Lillard dunks the ball at the buzzer ending the first quarter. The basket counted as referees did not have the benefit of instant replay during the Fan Fest scrimmage.

Trailblazer guard Damian Lillard dunks the ball at the buzzer ending the first quarter. The basket counted as referees did not have the benefit of instant replay during the Fan Fest scrimmage.

Trailblazer forward Maurice Harkless dunks the ball during the third quarter of the Fan Fest scrimmage.

Trailblazer forward Maurice Harkless dunks the ball during the third quarter of the Fan Fest scrimmage.

Blazer dancers perform during a break in the action of the Fan Fest scrimmage.

Blazer dancers perform during a break in the action of the Fan Fest scrimmage.

Damian Lillard (0) shares a humorous moment with Maurice Harkless (left) as he holds up the trophy he was presented as the MVP of the Fan Fest scrimmage.

Damian Lillard (0) shares a humorous moment with Maurice Harkless (left) as he holds up the trophy he was presented as the MVP of the Fan Fest scrimmage.

Trailblazer guard Damian Lillard greats fans as he exists the Moda Center court following Fan Fest scrimmage.

Trailblazer guard Damian Lillard greats fans as he exists the Moda Center court following Fan Fest scrimmage.

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