FAMILY TRADITION: Snookies’ Annual Opening Day Campout

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As baseball fans prepare for opening day at Principal Park, malt fans are getting ready for an opening day of their own.

Snookie’s Malt Shop in Beaverdale opens for the season Saturday.

Friday night marks the annual campout for customers who just can’t wait to get their hands on the first malts of the season.

The Hornbuckle family says Snookie’s has been a family tradition for years, but this is their first year camping out.

“The first time we started coming here was when I was pregnant with her [daughter].  So we’ve been coming here for 19 plus years.  It’s been our family gathering place,” Darla Hornbuckle said.

The first malts will be poured at 11 a.m.  Saturday