Packers Launch Second Annual 'Summer Traditions'

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Lambeau Field has some of the most up-to-date locker rooms, sound systems and training facilities, but they turned back the clock on Sunday as part of the second annual "Summer Traditions."

"It gives kids of all ages a chance to experience a day in the past," manager of community relations Cathy Dworak said.

More than 2,000 people attended the event set in 1908 when Curly Lambeau was 10 years-old and featuring activities that took place at the turn of the century.

Those events, located in tents at the northeast corner of the Lambeau Field parking lot, included miniature pie eating contests, face painting, a petting zoo, complimentary Breyers ice cream, tractor races, wood carving demonstrations and a live band. Covered wagons, pinwheels and other props from the early 1900s were situated around the tents.

Several activities encouraged children to become more active. They could compete in a three-legged, gunny sack and wheelbarrow races. At the sawdust treasure hunt tent, they could dig through the sawdust to unearth nickels and tootsie rolls.

Chris from Appleton, Wis. took his three kids --ages seven, four and 18 months -- to "Summer Traditions." His children enjoyed the races while he expressed his gratitude to the Packers for setting up the free event.

"This doesn't happen with any other team in the league," he said.

Families could watch training camp practice in the morning and then attend "Summer Traditions," one of the Packers' four major community events of the year, in the afternoon.

The other major community events are a fitness-related program called Project LEAP!, a Halloween themed-event entitled Spooktacular Fun and a dinner called Ecumenical Thanksgiving Dinner.

"It allows us to give back to the community and the fans," Dworak said.

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