Flamboyant Weir returns to Lancaster County for Christmas in July at Barnstormers game


Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, the elves and Christmas carolers will greet Johnny Weir for Christmas in July on Friday night at Clipper Magazine Stadium, the home of the Lancaster Barnstormers.

The flamboyant Weir is a former Olympic figure skater, a current NBC analyst and a native of Quarryville, Lancaster County.

The Shepherd's Light Choir will sing Christmas carols for fans throughout the evening.

Weir will throw out the first pitch and sign autographs for fans on the concourse to benefit the Quarryville Fire Company, where Weir's cousin, Joel Neff, is the chief. The Barnstormers play Somerset on Friday, with the game starting at 7 p.m.

A Claus Family Reunion is on tap. Many members of Santa's family and Santa Claus himself will be in attendance. The Salvation Army will be at the front and back gates of the stadium collecting for their 2015 holiday drive and ringing their bells.

The first 1,000 fans will also get a Weir bobble head. Weir was very involved in the creation of his bobble head, selecting the colors, the skating position and the biographical presentation on the box.

"We are thrilled to bring a local hero back to Lancaster," Barnstormers' vice president, Tony DeMarco said in a news release. "Johnny's magical career on the ice and in the broadcast booth with his partner, Tara Lipinski, is a phenomenal success story. He has come a long way from the days as a youngster in Quarryville, but he has never forgotten where he came from."

The Barnstormers will also honor A Week Away Foundation on Friday. A Week Away is a non-profit organization whose mission is to finance and coordinate respite weeks for individuals and their loved ones who are dealing with a life-threatening illness. A Week Away family will be in attendance on Friday. Weir will spend time with the family throughout the evening.