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19th Annual Main Street and Memories Car Show Honors Memorial Day Submitted: 05/26/2013
Story By Shardaa Gray


Photos By Shardaa Gray

TOMAHAWK - The 19th Annual Main Street and Memories Car Show gave hundreds of proud car owners a chance to show off to thousands of spectators.

"It seems like it's a really good turn out. There's a lot of different vehicles here to look at," said Wausau resident, Cody Opper.

"All different kinds of models and makes, so I think it really turned out nice. It's a good show."

"We try to take in five or six a year and this is probably the one we like the best," Merrill resident Gary Dietrich said.

"It's a lot of activities that go with it. A lot of stuff for the kids and everybody else."

"We have a petting zoo for the kids, where they can actually go on horse rides. They can pet animals, feed them," Tomahawk Main Street Executive Director, Justin Lund said.

"Also there's places for everybody to eat. There's a craft fair for people who aren't car enthusiast. It's something for them to enjoy as well."

But for some car enthusiast, this car show isn't about having the best looking car.

"The truck is here to give people the opportunity to see what some of his dreams were," said father of fallen soldier, Brian Jopek.

"And even though it is his truck, it's a reminder to all of them who served the country. "

Brian Jopek's Son Ryan was killed in Iraq.

And remembering the people who served our country is what this holiday is all about.

"Memorial Day is not just for remembering those who served, but remembering what America is all about," Owner of 1941 Plymouth, Gordon Stevenson said.

"This is hometown America. This is honoring what we can do as a people and a country."


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GREEN BAY - When attending an NFL game, you will likely pay for the tickets, travel expenses, food, and PARKING.

But finding parking near Lambeau Field on game days can be more convenient than you might think.

Kelly Fulcer and her husband Aaron are new to the neighborhood surrounding Lambeau Field.

"We were here to buy Family Night tickets, we were first in line, we stayed over night. That day they had an open house here at this location so we walked over, came and looked at the house and we bought Family Night tickets and a house on the same weekend," said Kelly Fulcer.

Now that they're all moved in, Sunday was their first Packers game day.

Their neighbor Wendy Petrie has been doing it over the last 12 years.

"The first couple years are a little rocky because you have to learn the ropes of parking cars."

The signs you see in the neighborhood can get pretty creative.

"Thought it would be funny to put park and pee and catch everybody's attention," said Aaron Fulcer.

That wording sure was a head turner. But first, Aaron had to run it by his wife.

"He's like 'hey, what do you think about getting a port-a-potty outside?' and i said 'works for me, I don't mind'," said Kelly Fulcer.

Other preparations for the first home game included taking out a tree to create more room for parking.

The Fulcer's even took out a tree in their front yard to fit more cars on their lawn.

The rookies have shown their dedication. For the veteran next door, Wendy has gained loyal customers.

"Most of our customers are reoccurring, I would say 75% of them," said Petrie.

Even in the off-season, the parking preparations don't stop.

"The winter freezes it over and in the spring, you fill the holes with grass and soot and you're ready to rock again," said Petrie.

It's hard work, but the neighborhood does it to make sure the safe atmosphere at Lambeau doesn't change.

"Just making sure everybody has a good time. They're safe, their cars are secure, we're home the whole time, easy to get in, easy to get out," said Aaron Fulcer.



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