The second ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour’ departs tomorrow on a four-day, four-city bus trip. The tour, taking place May 1-4, will see the team reach out across the state and thank fans in person for their enduring and enthusiastic support of the club through the years.
The event, in a reprisal of the popular inaugural tour last July, will include Chairman Bob Harlan and players Nick Barnett, Aaron Rodgers and Mark Tauscher. The tour will take place aboard a customized motor coach emblazoned with the logo “Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour” and the phrase “Touching Down in Your Community.” The tour will make stops in Superior (May 1), Eau Claire (May 2), McFarland (Madison area) (May 3) and Racine (May 4). Additionally, Kevin Barry will join the tour for the McFarland tailgate party and replace Tauscher for the Racine party, due to a prior commitment for Tauscher.
Culminating the day’s activities during the ‘Tailgate Tour’ will be an evening tailgate party in each city from 6 to 8:30 p.m., with a flavor of famous Lambeau Field tailgating, hosted by a local non-profit organization. The parties will feature food and mingling with the Packers representatives. At each tailgate party, footballs autographed by each tour member will be given away as door prizes. Tailgate party tickets cost $20, with proceeds to benefit the hosting organization.
The motor coach will make one scheduled stop during the day at a site to be determined in each area. At the visit, tour members will have the opportunity to interact with fans and deliver the message of “thanks.” In addition to the planned stops, surprise stops will be made as the schedule allows.
‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour’ evening tailgate party locations and ticket information are as follows (6 to 8:30 p.m. in each city):
· Superior: Wessman Arena, May 1. To benefit Superior-Douglas County Family YMCA Strong Kid’s Campaign. Tickets on sale at the Superior YMCA, 9 N 21st St. Purchase/information: Jackie Minor or Mike Kraft (715/392-5611).
· Eau Claire: Eau Claire Ford on Hwy 93, May 2. To benefit L.E. Phillips Career Development Center. Tickets on sale at 10 a.m., March 12. Ticket purchase/information: Eau Claire Ford (715/852-1000), Gordy’s County Market on Birch St. (715/836-8246) and Scheels in Oakwood Mall (715/833-1886).
· McFarland: Lewis Park, May 3. To benefit friends of McFarland Playgrounds. Ticket purchases: McFarland Associated Bank (608/838-3101). For questions please contact Keith Green (608/838-9475).
· Racine: Racine County Fairgrounds, May 4. To benefit Volunteer Center of Racine. Ticket purchase/information: Volunteer Center of Racine County (262/886-9612).
Fans interested in ‘Tailgate Tour’ details are encouraged to visit www.packers.com. Fans can track each day’s progress of the tour as well, with a Web blog and photo galleries posted daily. A Web blog and photo galleries of last year’s tour are available online at http://www.packers.com/news/stories/2006/07/11/2/.