The Packers have found the Christmas tree that will light up the Lambeau Field Atrium for this year’s Festival of Lights.
The search for the perfect evergreen started with a contest to see who had the best tree in the state.
“I can’t believe how big it grew, from a little chute! It took 24 years,” says Packers fan Steve Brink who won the Christmas tree search competition.
For Brink and his three daughters, entering the state-wide contest was about more than having the tallest tree, it was about sharing something that had been in their family for 24 years with their favorite team.
One of Brink’s daughters, Shannon Velicer says, “It was just a free tree that we brought home from school once and it eventually got to be a big, gigantic Christmas tree.”
“I wasn’t thinking that it would end up at the Packer stadium, but I think once it’s at the Packer stadium and we see it up there all lit up, just to see my dad’s face it’s going to be amazing,” says another of Brink’s daughters, Stephanie Wendt.
Now, their childhood sits outside Lambeau waiting to be lit and decorated.
It’s something these sisters never got to do but they say this experience is one that has come full circle.
“I actually work at St. Mark’s now, so it’s pretty cool to say that the tree that we built back when we were at the school, it’s kind a cool to say that it’s going to be in front of Lambeau lit up beautifully,” says daughter Stacey Mazur. “It’s a cool experience and it’s good to see our family come together and watch it get taken down.”