In a scene that was perhaps more fitting for the winter Olympics with a spring snowstorm dumping several inches of snow, the Tailgate Tour enjoyed the excitement of approximately 500 fans at the Big Powderhorn Resort.
The event benefitted the Ironwood Volunteer Fire Department, the oldest continuously operating department of the City of Ironwood, having been in service since 1887. The funds will go toward new uniforms and other equipment for the department.
Before the event with the players began, the crowd took a moment to remember Jamie Peite, a longtime firefighter and member of the event’s organizing committee, who recently passed away.
Per the nightly party custom, fans heard from the crew on a variety of topics.
James Lofton saluted Packers fans as the only fans who actually own the team, an aspect that gives the team a unique advantage and also provided him with fun moments during his time in Green Bay.
“I remember being at the grocery store, and there’d be a little old lady with her cart,” Lofton began. “And she’d stop me and say, ‘What are you going to do this Sunday?’ ”
During the autograph session, a woman told Mason Crosby that her mom has a cosmic connection with him and a regular routine that she goes through that helps him make kicks.
“I enjoy hearing those stories,” Crosby said with a laugh. “It’s nice to know up here in the U.P. I’ve got people helping me out all the time. She’s helping will the ball through, I guess. I wanted to make sure the cosmic connection was in a good way. Apparently it is.”
While the guys didn’t strap on skis at the mountain, many of them did take a mini-tour around the ski area in snow cats used for grooming the trails.
“The hours they work during the season – midnight to 9 a.m. – are amazing,” Jarrett Bush said about his guide. “He really loves his job…that was pretty cool to see. Their machines are impressive.”
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