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Packer tailgate tour is big hit

Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, left, addresses the Hudson crowd. Next to him are, from left, wide receiver Jordy Nelson (87), Pro Bowl safety Nick Collins (36) and linebacker Brady Poppinga (51).

The Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour, sponsored by the Hudson Boosters, came to Hudson Tuesday night and attracted about 1,000 fans to Lakefront Park.

Packers represented on the tour were Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, 2008 Pro Bowl selection safety Nick Collins, wide receiver Jordy Nelson and linebacker Brady Poppinga.

Events began when the Packer bus made a surprise stop and Grand View Park at about 4 p.m.

At 5 p.m. the Packers attended a sponsor's dinner at the Village Inn in north Hudson. At 6 p.m. the bus, led by the Hudson Fire Department, proceeded to Lakefront Park.

The Packers spoke to the public before going into a tent for ticket holders to sign autographs.

The late afternoon and evening included a variety of events in Lakefront Park, including music by the band Saving Starz, games, auction, food and beer sales and more.

Murphy said the Hudson audience was the largest on the week-long tour.