Madison welcomes the Packers

Posted by Aaron Popkey on May 16, 2012 – 10:01 pm

The Packers Tailgate Tour ended Day 2 in fine fashion at Madison’s Alliant Energy Center where more than 850 fans took part in the event to support the Ronald McDonald House.

Members of the UW Marching Band led the group into the facility, which gave the exhibition hall a bit of a feel of legendary Camp Randall Stadium.

Tonight’s Q-and-A featured some familiar topics, including various football questions and opinions on Donald Driver’s dancing abilities (William Henderson referred to him as “Twinkle Toes”). Fans also learned tonight that Charlie Peprah admired former Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith and Henderson admired former Redskins running back John Riggins.

It was just that setting the appealed to Sharon Adler of Madison.

“It’s their interaction with people that makes this event so much fun,” she explained. “It’s so awesome to see the players in this different atmosphere. It brings it all back to that they’re real people, they’re just like us. We love them.”

Adler made it a family affair and enjoyed the party with her sister and two nieces. It was also her sixth party in the seven years of the Tailgate Tour. She did not attend an event last year as the route stayed in the northern parts of the state. She did say that geography won’t hold her back in the future, however.

“We’ll find one every year,” she vowed.

Mary Donahue, who coordinates marketing and communications for the Ronald McDonald House, said local companies were very supportive with sponsorships, in addition to the fans who bought individual tickets to the event.

“It was a great success for the House,” she said. “Families are having a great time tonight. It’s really fun to see.”

For Charlie Peprah, it was a successful way to end his second day on the tour, coincidentally in a city where his younger brother, Josh, plays football for the Wisconsin Badgers.

“Madison has some good fans,” he said. “A few people asked me about my brother.”

He also enjoyed the earlier parts of the day, particularly the visit to Truax Field to see the Wisconsin Air National Guard.

Day 3 will feature a number of stops on the way to Kenosha.

Click here to see photos of the Madison tailgate party.

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