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Packers Experience Still Seeking Volunteers

Opportunities are still available for Packers fans and community members to be a part of the four-day Packers Experience as event staff from July 26 to July 29 at Lambeau Field. Staff members may work the days and shifts that suit their schedules. 

Teammates will be assigned to a variety of hospitality and fan-interactive roles including game attendants, greeters, line managers, guest services team members and more. Staff members may also assist event attendees with technology use and wayfinding. 

Applicants should be committed, personable, articulate and proactive individuals who are comfortable being on their feet and outdoors for the majority of shifts.

 Event staff will be paid $10 per hour, plus overtime pay. Applicants must be at least 16 years old. Additionally, each staff member will receive a free tshirt, hat and logoed bag. 

Those interested can apply online at 

The Packers Experience, presented by American Family Insurance, Bellin Health, Fleet Farm and Old El Paso begins in conjunction with Packers Training Camp’s first practice on July 26.

The four-day event will feature four different areas outside of Lambeau Field full of fan activities including live music, a replica team locker room, USA Football kids’ clinics, Packers alumni question-and-answer sessions, photo stations and prizes through Packers Pass. For more information, please visit

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New Exhibit at NEW Zoo

redrump2A pair of Brazilian Red-rumped Agoutis are on display in a newly renovated exhibit at the NEW Zoo. The impressive dome structure that houses the animals is located across the path from the giraffe feeding tower. Agoutis are South American rodents that look somewhat like large, long legged guinea pigs. The distinguishing feature of a red-rumped agouti is, not surprisingly, it’s reddish colored rump!

redrump1Females are generally larger than males and can weigh up to 13 lbs. This species is famous for being the only mammal within its range capable of opening a Brazil nut husk (brazil nuts grow packed like orange segments inside of a hard woody shell – it looks a bit like a coconut). They bury nuts and seeds when the supply is good so they will have food available in lean times. The combination of a taste for Brazil nuts and the habit of caching food helps the tree complete its life cycle. Without red-rumped agoutis to disperse their seeds, Brazil nut tree populations would be in danger of decline. The 2 year old siblings, Tootsie roll and Whatchamacallit, are most active in the morning and early evening hours.

While you’re here, don’t forget to feed the giraffes or ride the carousel! The Giraffe Feeding Experience is open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. and from 2:15 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The NEW Zoo’s daily hours during July & August are 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.

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Top 5 Things to Do on the Lakeshore This Weekend

Neshotah Beach in Two Rivers will host the 7th annual “Beach Bash” with a fish fry Friday night, followed by the band Detout and Chasin’ Mason. Saturday features a garbage Ball Tournament at 1pm, Tip Top Rides all day, and music ALL day. Plenty of food and entertainment and admission is free!!!!

Subfest in Manitowoc will be held Friday through Sunday, hosted by the Wisconsin Maritime Museum. Friday night features submarine tours, food vendors & sales and live music by Big Mouth & the Power Tool Horns at 6 pm.  Saturday, the fun continues with a kayak race, Yoga on the museum rooftop deck, kids activities, food & vendors to shop…plus a lighted boat parade at 9:30 pm followed by fireworks.  Live music on Saturday from 3 to 5:30 pm provided by Blind Ambition and Star Six Nine takes the stage from 7 to 10:30 pm.  Sunday features submarine tours, food & drinks and the Tolling of the Boats Ceremony at 10 am and live music in the afternoon by Unity.

The Francis Creek & Kellnersville Fire Departments are hosting the 7th Annual Creekville Nationals Truck & Tractor Pull this Friday night at 6:45 pm at Pla-mor Park in Francis Creek. Enjoy 11 classes of truck & tractor pulling action with some of the best in the U.S. going for the gold…and admission is FREE!

Silver Dollar Fest is at Memorial Park in Howards Grove July 13th & 14th. Friday kicks off at 6 pm with village league baseball, bingo at 7 pm and live music from 8:30 to midnight by Saddlebrook. Saturday features baseball at 11, bingo at noon and a silent auction all afternoon. Water fights break out at 1 pm with a bean bag tournament at 2. There’s a big parade at 6 pm followed by the Wisconsin Badger Band playing in the park afterwards. And don’t miss the live entertainment Saturday night by Road Trip, starting at 8:30, with fireworks around 9:30 pm. There will be brats, hamburgers, chicken and more all weekend long…plus Midway rides & kids games! Free admission all weekend long!

Krazy Daze “The Granddaddy of all Sidewalk Sales” in downtown Manitowoc will be held this Friday from 10am to 6am, and Saturday July 14th, from 8am to 4pm.


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EVP Volleyball Coolest Coast Classic Spikes Into Two Rivers with Help from Tourism Grant

Manitowoc Area Visitors & Convention Bureau, EVP Volleyball Coolest Coast Classic.jpgThe Manitowoc Area Visitors & Convention Bureau is setting up to host EVP Beach Volleyball’s Coolest Coast Classic with help from a $5,965 Joint Effort Marketing (JEM) grant from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism. Spectators will have the opportunity to see elite athletes compete on the sand for top honors while enjoying the best of Neshotah Beach in Two Rivers. The Classic will take place July 20-22, 2018.

“We are excited to support an event that aims to increase the profile of competitive sand volleyball in Wisconsin,” said Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett. “Manitowoc and Two Rivers offer a beautiful backdrop to host this growing tournament that is sure to create a lasting economic impact in the local community.”

The EVP Volleyball Classic not only allows spectators to watch top pro and armature sand volleyball players from across the country, but they will also have the opportunity to interact with the players through contests and promotions. The event is expected to attract over 7,000 attendees, generating an estimated $222,800 in visitor spending in Manitowoc, Two Rivers and the surrounding area. Grant funds will go towards outdoor, online, print and broadcast advertising.

“The EVP Volleyball Coolest Coast Classic really is the definition of our brand – Coast,” said Jason Ring, Executive Director of the Manitowoc Area Visitor & Convention Bureau. “This event draws thousands of competitors and spectators to the Wisconsin Coast. Beautiful Neshotah beach has some of the best sand anywhere in the state and is the perfect location to coast for a while!

In 2017, the tourism economy in Wisconsin totaled $20.6 billion, a 3.2 percent increase from 2016. Tourism activity supports 195,255 jobs in Wisconsin, a seven-year addition of more than 23,255 jobs to the state’s total employment, an increase of 13.5%. Visitors generated $1.5 billion in state and local revenue. Business sales in Manitowoc County totaled $196 million, supporting 2,033 jobs and $14.8 million in state and local taxes.

In fiscal 2017, the Department funded 61 JEM projects, awarding a total of more than $1.1 million. Visitor expenditures driven by the marketing from these projects will exceed $34 million. JEM grant funds are available to non-profit organizations for the promotion of Wisconsin tourism events and destinations. The state can fund up to 75 percent of a project’s first-year advertising and marketing costs, and provide support for second- and third-year projects with decreasing amounts for funding until projects become self-sustaining. For information on the JEM Program and application materials, visit

The mission of the Wisconsin Department of Tourism is to market the State as the Midwest’s premier travel destination for fun by executing industry-leading marketing programs and establishing strategic partnerships. The Department plays a significant role in generating greater economic impact and jobs for Wisconsin. The portal for traveler information can be found at:

[PHOTO CAPTION: The Manitowoc Area Visitors & Convention Bureau receives $5,965 JEM Grant from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism. From left: David Spiegelberg, Wisconsin Department of Tourism; Jason Ring, Executive Director of the Manitowoc Area Visitor & Convention Bureau; and Theresa Kronforst and Nathan Kronforst, EVP Tournament Organizers.]

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Top 5 Things to Do This Weekend

Head down to Manitowoc’s lakefront this weekend for the 44th Annual Northeast Wisconsin Great Lakes Sport Fishermen’s Salmon Derby & Festival July 6th through the 8th . It’s a three day event featuring great lakes fishing, great food, refreshments and entertainment in the evenings. Friday night features music from 7 to 11 by the Charlie Bucket Band; Saturday night Shocker takes the stage from 7 to 11; and enjoy music by Howard & the Blue Gills from 1 to 5.

The Silver Cup XVIII Amateur Disc Golf Tournament is going on Saturday & Sunday (July 7th & 8th). All amateur divisions compete for great prizes at Silver Creek Park and Rollin’ Ridge disc golf courses in Manitowoc. Spectators are welcome and media guides available. Bring a cooler and a lawn chair to take in the exciting action or register online to play. Contests, merchandise vendors, food and beverages onsite.

Join the firefighters of New Holstein July 6th through the 8th at Civic Park in New Holstein, There’s family fun all weekend, starting at 3pm Friday afternoon with live music Friday night, Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Saturday night features the largest fireworks display north of Milwaukee. A huge parade begins at 11am on Sunday foloowed by a chicken dinner and the fun lasts until 5pm. Don’t miss the carnival rides, food beverages all weekend long.

Join the fun at Rio Creek Airport at the annual Rio Creek Fly-in at the Rio Creek Airport in Kewaunee on Saturday, July 7th. The day begins with their Pancake & Porkie Breakfast starting at 7:00am followed by lunch at 11:00am and includes plane rides, polka music, a silent auction, kids activities and more.

The Music in the Park concert at Harbor Park in Kewaunee will feature Rob Anthony on July 8th, combining a harmony of Americana with an edge of rock from 5 to 7:30 pm. Bring your own lawn chair, blanket, picnic basket & beverages and enjoy a few hours of music. Local organizations may be selling food on select dates. The rain location is Lakehaven Hall (a sign will be posted in the gazebo).

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Everything Fans Needs to Know Before Attending the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic

The second edition of the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic is just days away. Here’s everything fans need to know before attending the tournament. 

Tickets: Spectators can still purchase tickets via Beginning Tuesday, July 3 at 7 a.m., tickets will be available at the admissions gate. General admission tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the gate. Weekly general admission is $65 in advance and $75 at the gate. A limited number of clubhouse tickets, Skywoman Suite hospitality tickets and access to The Deck at 17 Green presented by Festival Foods is still available.

Complimentary admission: The following groups receive free general admission:

  • Children ages 17 and younger (with a paying adult)
  • Active duty, retired, reserve and veterans of the military plus one guest (must show valid ID)
  • Oneida Nation of Wisconsin Tribal Members (must show Oneida ID)

General Spectator Parking: Complimentary spectator parking is located at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, 2740 W Mason St, Green Bay, WI 54307. Shuttles will transport guests to and from the admissions gate at Thornberry Creek at Oneida. No spectator or disabled spectator parking will be available in the immediate vicinity of the golf course. All other parking is by permit only. Parking restrictions surrounding the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic grounds and within the village of Hobart will be closely monitored and enforced. ADA accessible shuttles will be in rotation to and from the spectator parking lot.

Taxi/Uber: Taxi and Uber drivers will not be permitted to drop off guests at the golf course. All spectators must be dropped off at the General Parking lot located at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (2740 W Mason St, Green Bay, WI 54307) where they will be transported by shuttle to the golf course.


  • Monday, July 2: Closed to spectators
  • Tuesday, July 3: Professional practice day; first spectator shuttle bus at 7 a.m.
  • Wednesday, July 4: Pro-am day; first spectator shuttle bus at 6:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, July 5-Sunday, July 8: Competition days; first spectator shuttle bus at 6:30 a.m.

Spectator Guidelines: The full list of prohibited items and spectator guidelines is available here: Please note that spectators are permitted to bring cell phones onto the grounds, but they must be on silent.

Will Call: Will Call is located at the admissions gate at the main entrance of Thornberry Creek at Oneida. It is only reachable via general parking shuttles. Those picking up tickets at Will Call should park at the Spectator Lot at NWTC and take the complimentary shuttles to the course.

 Will Call Hours:

  • Monday, July 2nd: Closed to Public
  • Tuesday, July 3rd – Sunday, July 8th: 7:00am – 4:00pm
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Visit a Wisconsin Fair this Summer

Below is a guest column from Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Secretary Sheila Harsdorf:
In Wisconsin, the start of summer means the start of fair season, a time for your family and communities to come together to make memories. Across the state, communities will see fairgrounds come alive with the lights of Ferris wheels, smells of fair food, and sounds of livestock. As Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, I hope you and your family take time to make your way to at least one of the state’s dozens of fairs.

Some fairs have been a community mainstay for 150 years or more, a tradition passed on for generations. This longtime tradition would not be possible without the community support and volunteer efforts of so many. Hundreds of volunteers help coordinate logistics and run events and judging competitions, while generous sponsors and local businesses provide displays as well as financial and product donations.

For young people participating in projects through 4-H, FFA, and other youth organizations, the reward goes far beyond a colored ribbon. Youth gain leadership and lifelong skills and friendships as they exhibit and compete in any of the numerous projects. Skills and talents learned at Wisconsin fairs help prepare young people for a successful career.

Fairs are also a wonderful opportunity to connect urban and rural interests. Fairgoers can experience agriculture up close and ask questions, whether it’s about how livestock are cared for or how some of our favorite foods are grown. By offering fun and educational activities, agriculturalists are connecting with consumers to teach them about the source of their food, fuel, and fiber.

While agriculture is still the mainstay of our Wisconsin fairs, there is truly a project for everyone, whether living on a farm, in the city, or at a home in the country. Projects range from photography, rocketry, and computers, to clothing, livestock, and foods.
In addition, fairs give us all a chance to taste the finest of Wisconsin foods. Each fair is famous for their own sweet treat, from milk shakes to cream puffs, as well as the traditional corn dog or pork on a stick. With live musical treats and adventurous carnival rides, fairs offer low-cost entertainment for the entire family close to home.
The largest fair of them all is the Wisconsin State Fair, running from August 2nd to the 12th. One of the State Fair’s biggest fans is Governor Walker. From taking a ride in Spin City to cheering on the bidders at the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction, the Governor is a huge proponent of the value of fairs to our youth.

As an exhibitor and an attendee, fairs have always been a big part of my life. I encourage you to join in the fun by planning a trip this summer to one of Wisconsin’s county and district fairs or the Wisconsin State Fair in West Allis. Find this summer fair’s schedule at