Packers are going on the road again

In May, the annual Tailgate Tour will include stops in Marshfield, Hudson, Platteville and Beaver Dam. Also, tickets remain for Fan Fest next weekend at Lambeau Field.

The Packers announced plans for their fourth Tailgate Tour, set for May 11-14.

With President Mark Murphy, safety Nick Collins, receiver Jordy Nelson and linebacker Brady Poppinga, the bus will make stops in Marshfield on May 11, Hudson on May 12, Platteville on May 13 and Beaver Dam on May 14.

The customized 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 mingle with fans and say "thanks." In addition to the planned stops, surprise stops will be made as the schedule allows.

Culminating the day's activities during will be a tailgate party in each city from 6 to 8:30 p.m., hosted by a local nonprofit organization. At each tailgate party, footballs autographed by each tour member will be given away as door prizes.

Tailgate party tickets will cost $25, with all proceeds benefiting the hosting organization.

"We look forward to meeting fans across the state," said Murphy, who took part last year during the heart of the Brett Favre saga. "I had a fantastic time on last year's tour, my first with the Packers. It was a great way to experience the excitement the fans have for the players and the organization. We also enjoy the opportunity to help out a great local organization."

Tickets go on sale March 16, with ticket information to be available at that time.

Fan Fest update

Tickets remain for Fan Fest, set for March 13-14 in the Lambeau Field Atrium.

Donny Anderson, LeRoy Butler, Paul Coffman, William Henderson, Jerry Kramer, Dorsey Levens, James Lofton and Brian Noble highlight the alumni. Current players participating include 2008 Pro Bowlers Nick Collins and Al Harris, as well as Atari Bigby, Desmond Bishop, Mason Crosby, Donald Driver, Ryan Grant, Tory Humphrey, Cullen Jenkins, James Jones, Aaron Kampman, Ruvell Martin, Jason Spitz and Scott Wells.

Several members of the coaching staff also will be there, with a Friday meet-and-greet and Saturday "Football 101" sessions.

Tickets are $85. A link for online sales can be found at Packers.com. Over the phone, tickets can be purchased by calling toll free 1-800-745-3000. The toll-free, self-service Ticketmaster Express number, 1-866-448-7849, also can be used. The Telecommunications Device for the Deaf is 1-877-474-4TDD. In-person sales are available at statewide Ticketmaster locations as well the Packers' ticket office at Lambeau Field. Ticketmaster fees will apply. Children 6-and-under enter free with a ticketed adult.

The ticket includes autograph sessions, admission to the Packers Hall of Fame and an exclusive tour through the Packers' locker room that is not available on the regular stadium tours.


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