The Waterloo Bucks will be hosting the 2019 Northwoods League All-Star Game next summer as part of their 25th anniversary season.

The annual event is returning to the Cedar Valley for the first time since 1996, team officials confirmed on Wednesday (Aug. 1, 2018). Traditionally held in late July, the marquee game showcases some of Major League Baseball's top prospects. The game will be played at Cost Cutters Field at Riverfront Stadium, the Bucks' home venue.

“What a better way to celebrate the Bucks’ 25th season by hosting the 25th Northwoods League All-Star Game,” Bucks General Manager Dan Corbin said in a press release announcing the game's 2019 location. “We are excited and honored to partner with the league office to bring this grand event to the Cedar Valley and preparations are already under way. This is a tremendous opportunity to showcase the top talent from the world’s largest organized baseball league to our community, and showcase our community to players, parents, professional scouts, and fans from throughout the United States.”

The Northwoods League All-Star Game brings together the top talent from across the 20-team circuit as voted on by league coaches and media, with the best of the South Division facing off against the best of the North Division. In addition to the game, the Bucks also will be hosting a banquet honoring the All-Star players from across the Northwoods League, and a Home Run Derby. Specific event details will be released in coming months.

Individual All-Star Game tickets will go on sale in May, Corbin said.

"The Northwoods League is very excited to return to Riverfront Stadium, the site of its 2nd Annual All-Star Game, for the League's 25th All-Star Game," Northwoods League President Gary Hoover said. "The combination of premier Northwoods League talent playing in the recently improved ballpark in front of the great Waterloo area fans should make for a very exciting All-Star Game experience for everyone."