For the past 13 years, the Green Bay Packers have been doing what they call a 'Tailgate Tour'. They take a group of current and former players and tour around 5 cities in the Midwest during the spring. For just the second time, that tour came to Iowa on Wednesday.

Five years ago the Packers stopped in Dubuque, but they came even farther into Iowa as the visited Camp Courageous near Monticello Wednesday night. Packer's President and CEO Mark Murphy was joined by current Packer players Kenny Clark, Blake Martinez and Ty Montgomery. Former Packer players Antonio Freeman, Bubba Franks, and Rob Davis also made the trip. The group rolled in on a miniature train on the Camp Courageous grounds amid chants of "GO PACK GO!" Following their arrival, there was a question and answer session and after some footballs were thrown out to the crowd, everyone got in line for autographs!

As a long time Packer fan, I did learn something on Wednesday night. Packer's President Mark Murphy was citing some little-known facts about the team in honor if it's 100th season of football in 2018. Did you know that the Packers played an exhibition game against the Washington Redskins in Cedar Rapids in 1963? I didn't either! The game was played at Kingston Stadium. That must have been an amazing site.

The best thing about the 'Tailgate Tour' is that it raises money for local charities. Last night's event raised funds for Camp Courageous in Monticello. The camp was a great place to hold the event and was well staffed. I have no doubt that the Packer Tailgate Tour will return to Iowa soon. Until then, "GO PACK GO!"

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