GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – The Packers may open the regular season on the road in Minnesota, on Sunday, but Titletown is ready for football.
In the shadow of Lambeau Field, at 1177 Shadow Lane, is a farmhouse decorated in lots of green and gold. But, it’s the property’s backyard fence – across from Lambeau Field – that really means something to Packers fans.
David Fenner of Green Bay said: “If you are a true fan of Packer, you should include it in your group and content list.
On Labor Day, and decades ago, Packers fans, and even team officials, gathered at this house, paintbrush in hand, to join in the tradition of daily painting. annual fence. “I drew a lot. It was a high school job when I was in high school. They make it so easy for you,” said Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy.
A slogan on the fence serves as inspiration for the upcoming year. According to Josh Viste from Green Bay, “It’s always something to look forward to every time we go to Green Bay. Now that Green is home, we continue to look forward to seeing what will be printed on it and how, when we see people coming down Oneida to here in Lombardi, everyone wants to honk and watch it. It’s really eye-catching.”
This year’s fence and the tagline it will carry throughout the season is more than just football.
“The tagline on the fence is dedicated to Freddy and it says ‘Hey Pack. Let’s take it home to Fred’ and then we also have Freddy with the trophy so the Packers really have to bring it home to Fred this year the Packers. Let’s do it,” said Dotty Harrsch.
Freddy, is Fred Harrsch, a New Jersey native who, as a child in the 1950s, fell in love with the Green Bay Packers. His friend, Jim Pecard, said, “It was his lifelong dream to spend the last few chapters of his life here in Green Bay. And when the opportunity came to buy this house, in Shadow Lane, Fred jumped into it.”
For more than 20 years he owned the house, the home of the “official” Packers fence. Harrsch passed away earlier this year, but his family is making sure his legacy and love for the Packers live on.
His sister-in-law, Dotty Harrsch, added, “The fence is still here and it will be here. We will continue to do it year after year, continuing the tradition. The p[revious family started it in 1984, Fred continued, and now we’re going to continue.”
And while the fence this year may be a tribute to Fred Harrsch, all of Packers Nation hopes the team can bring the Lombardi Trophy back to Titletown.
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