Pubix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. | Courtesy Lakeland Flying Tigers

A soggy Saturday is in the forecast, causing the cancellation of the popular “Battle of the Badges” charity softball game. The game was originally scheduled for Saturday at 3:45 p.m. at Joker Marchant Stadium, but it has been postponed due to expected rains from the remnants of Tropical Storm Arlene.

The annual event pits Polk County Sheriff’s Office employees against their counterparts at the Lakeland Police Department.

Sheriff Grady Judd quipped: “The Polk County Sheriff’s Office and the Lakeland Police Department have a lot of respect for each other — but when it comes to softball, LPD’s team should be locked up for impersonating ballplayers.”

PCSO spokesperson Carrie Hortsman said the game will be rescheduled and the new date will be announced later.

The Lakeland Downtown Farmer’s Market is still scheduled to open, as usual, at 8 a.m. During the summer months, it closes at 1 p.m.

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Kimberly C. Moore, who grew up in Lakeland, has been a print, broadcast and multimedia journalist for more than 30 years. Before coming to LkldNow in the spring of 2022, she was a reporter for four years with The Ledger, first covering Lakeland City Hall and then Polk County schools. She is the author of “Star Crossed: The Story of Astronaut Lisa Nowak," published by University Press of Florida. Reach her at or 863-272-9250.

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