TICKETS AVAILABLE IN MILWAUKEE, MADISON, LA CROSSE, WAUSAU
Several members of the Green Bay Packers hit the road Tuesday morning for the first-ever 'Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour' -- a four-day, four-city bus trip across Wisconsin. The tour, taking place July 11-14, 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 tour is taking 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 Milwaukee (July 11) Madison (July 12), La Crosse (July 13) and Wausau (July 14).
"We're excited to get started on the 'Tailgate Tour,'" Chairman Bob Harlan said. "The bus looks fantastic. It will be lots of fun to pull up to the different stops in such an eye-catcher. I'm sure the fans will enjoy it."
In addition to Harlan, the event includes players Donald Driver, Bubba Franks and Rob Davis.
"I'm excited to get started and to get to Milwaukee," Driver said. "We're looking forward to seeing the kids at Children's Hospital and it will be fun to see everyone at Bradley Tech High School, too. This bus is great! I feel like John Madden on the Madden Cruiser. So if people are available they should definitely come on out, check it out and say hi."
Culminating each day's activities during the 'Tailgate Tour' will be an evening tailgate party in each city from 5:30 to 8 p.m., hosted by a local non-profit organization. The parties will feature food and mingling with the Packers representatives. At each tailgate party a football autographed by each tour member will be given away as a door prize. Tailgate party tickets are $20, with proceeds to benefit the hosting organization.
In addition to the tailgate party, the motor coach will make one scheduled stop during the day in each city. 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.
Keep checking back to Packers.com to track each day's progress of the tour, with stories and photo galleries posted daily.
'Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour' evening tailgate party locations and ticket information are as follows (5:30 to 8 p.m. in each city):
- Milwaukee: Bradley Tech High School, July 11. To benefit Bradley Tech's new athletic field and park.
Ticket purchase/information: Jan Breitbach (414/212-2410).
- Madison: Mandt Park in Stoughton, July 12. To benefit South Central Wisconsin Special Olympics.
Ticket purchase/information: www.specialolympicswisconsin.org or call Theresa Steiner (608/222-1324 Ext. 350).
- La Crosse: Oktoberfest Grounds, July 13. To benefit Junior Achievement programs throughout Coulee Region.
Ticket purchase/information: Festival Foods locations in La Crosse (608/785-1000), Onalaska (608/781-2272) and Holmen (608/526-3339).
*Wausau: Dale's Weston Lanes, July 14. To benefit Woodson YMCA youth sports programs.
Ticket purchase/information: Woodson YMCA Wausau (715/845-2177) and Aspirus (715/841-1850) Branches, Total Tan (715/355-4849) and Dale's Weston Lanes (715/359-8488).