Feb 6, 2011; Arlington, TX, USA; Green Bay Packers president Mark Murphy after the Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

Packers cross-state tailgate tour ignores the north

The Green Bay Packers announced today that the seventh annual tailgate tour across the State of Wisconsin will be held May 15-19

Team president Mark Murphy leads the entourage of current and former players who climb on the Packers bus to visit with fans in various cities along its preordained route.

However, with stops in La Crosse, Madison, Cedarburg/Grafton, and Sturgeon Bay, the tour doesn’t crack the northern half of the state – in fact, it doesn’t cross north of Hwy. 10

Well, for those Packers fans to the south, that’s probably a good thing. For us fans in the northern tier, it’s not such a good thing.

Maybe next year? We’ll have to get our calling card in to Mr. Murphy early.

Anyway, here’s the information that’s been released by the Packers about the tour:

GREEN BAY – The Green Bay Packers on Wednesday announced plans for the seventh ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour,’ set for May 15-19, 2012, to travel around Wisconsin to visit with fans and thank them in person for their support.

The tour will make stops in La Crosse (May 15), Madison (May 16), Kenosha (May 17), Cedarburg/Grafton (May 18) and Sturgeon Bay (May 19), with evening tailgate parties held in each city to support a local non-profit organization.

Tour celebrities will include Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, players Mason Crosby and Jordy Nelson, and Packers Hall of Famers William Henderson, Larry McCarren and Marco Rivera.
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.” In addition to the designated locations, tour celebrities will make surprise stops as the schedule allows.

The evening tailgate parties will welcome the players and alumni arriving at each location at 6 p.m., and will run until 8:30 p.m. A local non-profit organization will host each party which will feature food, giveaways, question-and-answer sessions and autographs. Tailgate party tickets will cost $30.

General admission tickets also will be available for $5, which includes access to the Q-and-A sessions as well as tailgate party activities. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Due to space limitations, no general admission tickets will be available in Kenosha.

One hundred percent of the Tailgate Tour proceeds will benefit the hosting organizations.

“The organization is very excited to start the Tailgate Tour experience once again,” said Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy. “Our fan’s commitment to the tour, much like their commitment to the team throughout the season, is what drives it to be the success that it has grown to be and support great organizations throughout the state.”

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