Snappy, beloved mascot of the Beloit Snappers for decades, will begin his “Farewell Tour” in February as Honorary Chair of BIFF2021. He will join a long and distinguished list of filmmakers and promoters in that hallowed post.
“We are honored to have Snappy recognized by BIFF,” says manager Riley Gostisha of Gateway Professional Baseball. “We want everyone to know that Snappy is not leaving us. He will pass the torch to a new character, but he will remain in service to the organization. He is vitally important to the history of area minor league baseball.”
Given the fact that BIFF2021 will be, perhaps, the most unique version of the festival that has ever been presented, due to restrictions brought on by the pandemic, the BIFF staff thought that this might be a great opportunity for a twist on the Honorary Chair component, especially given the circumstances of Snappy’s career change. This will be the very first mascot to receive the honor, one that has in the past gone to the likes of David Zucker and Stephanie Klett. Snappy joins a very special and talented group, indeed.
Snappy is a true son of Beloit who has brought great joy to generations of baseball fans. He has also been a regular supporter of many important causes throughout the community. We are proud to have him participate in BIFF2021 as he moves into his new role with Beloit’s retooled minor league franchise.
Snappy will assume a support role sometime this summer, as the team, led by new owner Quint Studer, will move to their new state-of-the-game ABC Supply Stadium in downtown Beloit. The team will receive a name change and new branding along the way.
Snappy will be seen popping up at the BIFF Drive-In Theater events, helping to whip up the audience, as well as joining in during virtual events with the staff, accompanied by his interpreter, since he speaks in tones that only turtles, and Riley Gostisha, can understand. Congratulations, Snappy D. Turtle!
You are the BIFF2021 Honorary Chair!