The Green Bay Packers have announced plans for the ninth “Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour,” set for April 15-19. This year’s tour includes two stops in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, in addition to three Wisconsin stops, to visit with fans and thank them in person for their support.
The tour will make stops in Escanaba (April 15), Ironwood (April 16), Superior (April 17), Rice Lake (April 18) and Merrill (April 19), with tailgate parties held in each city to support a local non-profit organization.
Tour celebrities will include Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, players Jarrett Bush, Brad Jones and Mason Crosby, and Packers alumni Paul Coffman, Lynn Dickey and James Lofton.
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 tailgate party in Merrill will take place at the MARC from 12:30 to 3 p.m. The party will feature food, giveaways, question-and-answer sessions and autographs. Tailgate party tickets 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.
In Merrill, 100 percent of the Tailgate Tour proceeds will benefit the River Bend Trail.
Tickets for the tailgate parties at all locations will go on sale at noon on Friday, Feb. 28. In Merrill, tickets will be on sale at Merrill Chamber of Commerce, 705 N. Center Ave., Merrill; Dave’s County Market, 300 E. 1st St., Merrill; and Drew’s Piggly Wiggly, 3404 E. Main St., Merrill. Tickets will also be available online at www.merrillchamber.org.