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Carolina Panthers' offseason highlight Fan Fest draws 20,000-plus

The Carolina Panthers kicked off the 2013 season with their annual Fan Fest, drawing thousands of fans for face-painting, passing and kicking competitions, and a live Panthers practice.

Fans of all ages showed up – some wearing common jerseys like Cam Newton and Steve Smith, while others wore more unique ones like Keary Colbert and Patrick Jeffers.

For many fans, this is a staple of the off-season, like long-time fan Daniel Wicker, who went to his fourth straight Fan Fest.

“It’s a good opportunity to watch the team practice and get acquainted with the roster,” said Wicker. “And it’s free, so that’s nice.”

This was also an opportunity for fans to get autographs, leading to non-stop screams of “Cam! Cam!” from all four corners of the stadium.

Fan Fest drew 20,134 fans this year, just short of 2012’s crowd of 22,070, the largest for the event since 1996.

Ben Weinrib

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