By MARTY FORBESI started being an Edmonton Eskimo fan very early at the old Clarke Stadium. I wasn’t a Knot Hole Gang member but everybody sure remembered that section as a kid. I became a real fan early in my teen years, and meeting legendary Esks QB Jackie Parker was a bonus, especially when he recognized my mom and I in the elevator at the Grey Cup Fog Bowl in Toronto in 1962. (Google it young folks!)I only went to Day One of the only two-day game in CFL history. My first real date with Mrs. Forbes was at an Esks game … yes, indeed I’m a romantic kind of guy … must be, because we’re still together for 38 years after that Halloween Game against the Ti-Cats. I went to school with ex-Eskimo Tom Towns and former referee Bud Steen. Dave Cutler worked for my dad at 630 CHED. Still makes me laugh with every chat. And on Sunday, June 2, I’ll renew my enduring love for the Green and Gold once again as the Esks present 2019 Fan Day at the Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium.Fan Day is free, designed so that every family member can enjoy it, as it’s a truly fun afternoon with the team on the field at Canada’s finest CFL stadium.You’ll meet and mingle with this year’s team as you wander on the field with them after practice. Autograph signing begins at 3 p.m.There’s face painting for the little ones and all kinds of interactive family activities to enjoy.Take pics … lots of ’em … and fill that Instagram feed by showing off your EE pride. Activities kick off at 1 p.m. and run until 4 p.m. The Eskmos Cheer Team will be on hand as well, including the Force Drumline and Esks Force Hype Team. There’s a barbecue on site in support of the Kids Up Front and of course you can kick back and take in the Coors Light Beer Gardens.Esks general manager Brock Sunderland adds: “As exciting as it is for our fans to meet all of our players, it’s equally exciting for everyone in our organization to meet our fans. We love the passion and dedication they bring to the Eskimos and fan day is always a favourite day for our team due to the interaction we get with our loyal fan base.”There’s new quarterback Trevor Harris, with some exciting new receivers, and that big guy on the front line who’s gonna dazzle this year, SirVincent Rogers, as well as guys like Calvin McCarty who’s been Mr. Reliable for well over a decade now for the Green and Gold. (Injury update: SirVincent got an owe-EE in practice last week … hurry back soon.)Say hi to Coach Jason Moss and his new support team, too. I’ll bet Stadium announcer Chris Scheetz will be on hand as will 630 CHED play-by-play hosts Morley Scott and Dave Campbell. Morley chimes in with some thoughts on the new folks in the uniforms this year: “People don’t like change – but Eskimos fans might by the end of the year. There really seems to be some good vibes around the team at training camp with so many new players and coaches. The CFL West is going to be so much fun this year” Of course there’s free parking and Commonwealth Stadium will be filled with fans sharing the love for our CFL team and helping them get off to a strong start for the 2019 schedule.The first season game is on Friday, June 14 as the team opens against the Montreal Alouettes. Next up, on Friday, June 21, we welcome back Mike Reilly to Edmonton, which surely will have the joint rocking. Tickets at esks.com Pigskin prediction: The Esks return the favour from Calgary winning the 2018 Grey Cup in Commonwealth by scooping the big prize at McMahon Stadium this coming November. So, game on!