ESCANABA - Football fans from the Upper Peninsula typically have to travel to Green Bay to get close to the Packers, but this Tuesday the Packers will be making the trip north to Escanaba as part of the Green Bay Packer Tailgate Tour to benefit Lake State Industries.
A tailgate party will take place at the Ruth Butler Building at the U.P. State Fairgrounds in Escanaba starting at 4 p.m. The Packers will arrive in a bus emblazoned with the Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour logo at 6 p.m. Visiting the fairgrounds will be Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy and current and past players Jarret Bush, Brad Jones, Mason Crosby, Paul Coffman, Lynn Dickey, and James Lofton.
Prior to the arrival of the Packers, guests will have access to food provided by Elmer's County Market, beer from the Bark River Lions Club, games, a photo booth, and Packers merchandise.
At 6:30 p.m. the events and games will stop at the tailgate party and the Packers will host a question and answer session. Following the session, guests who have purchased the correct level ticket may line up for autographs.
There are two levels of tickets for Packer fans attending the tailgate party. A $30 ticket gets guests food, two drinks, a commemorative tailgate tour poster, and autographs from the visiting Packers. For those who are just interested in the events at the party or the question and answer session, a $5 general admission ticket is also available.
Tickets for the tailgate are available at the Island Resort and Casino or online at www.islandresortandcasino.com. Any tickets that remain on the day of the tailgate will be available at the door on a first come, first served basis.
One hundred percent of the profits from Tuesday's tailgate party will go to supporting Lakestate Industries, a private, non-profit agency that serves people with intellectual disabilities in the community. Funds raised by the tailgate party will be used for equipment upgrades, building improvements, and to help Lakestate Industries serve more people.
"We're proud to be a part of this it's for a great cause - Lakestate Industries - it's going to be a fun event, and it's great having the Packers come to town," said Dan McDonald, publisher of the Daily Press, which is a major sponsor of the event.
Escanaba is the first stop on the tour which will continue to Ironwood on April 16; Superior, Wis. on April 17, Rice Lake, Wis. on April 18; and Merrill, Wis. on April 19. Tailgate parties like the one being held in Escanaba will be held in each city on the tour to support a local non-profit.
For more information about Lakestate Industries or the tailgate tour visit www.lakestateindustries.org