By Heather Graves
ASHWAUBENON – It was a great day for the Village of Ashwaubenon.
At a press conference on Tuesday, May 10, officials unveiled the official logo and announced the Green Bay Packers as the presenting sponsor of the village’s upcoming sesquicentennial celebration.
“We will be celebrating the biggest event of our 150th anniversary August 8-14,” said Village President Mary Kardoskee. “The opening ceremonies will take place on Monday, August 9 at the school. Lots of activities. We’ve been working on it for over a year trying to figure everything out.
Kardoskee said the week will also include an ice cream party, a Green Bay Rockers baseball game, a concert at The Epic, a scavenger hunt and an End-cap Pancakes, Porkies and Polka event.
Ashwaubenon Village Superintendent Joel Gregozeski said more details will be released in the coming weeks at ashwaubenon.gov/150.
“This year, as part of our 150th anniversary, we will reflect on our history, celebrate our accomplishments and plan for a prosperous future,” said Gregozeski. “Ashwaubenon is a vibrant suburban community in the greater Green Bay area, and it is surrounded by historic Lambeau Field. Although our community has a population of approximately 17,000, this regional center is a place of shopping, work and recreation, and traditionally touches a daily gross population of over 35,000 people. Ashwaubenon is truly known as an entertainment center in the Greater Green Bay area.
The Green Bay Packers sponsor the summer celebrations as part of their Packers Give Back program.
“The Village has been phenomenal to work with in terms of development, the Village staff have been great,” said Packers Chairman Mark Murphy. “Thank you for acknowledging us and allowing us to be the presenting sponsor.”
Village officials also unveiled the official sesquicentennial logo, a winning entry designed by Ashwaubenon High School senior Nelson Beams.
Gregozeski said the goal of the logo contest was to create a logo that would be representative of the community, but also to encourage younger members of the community to get involved in the process.
“So we worked with our area high school students to basically enter a contest where a student’s work was selected to be our official sesquicentennial logo,” he said.
Beams said his design was inspired by the many aspects of the village.
“Ashwaubenon’s main thoughts are the new expo center, our pride of America, and I feel like our greenery and our trees, we still have a lot of that in the (village),” said beams. “So I just wanted to include all of that in there.”
The new logo will appear on a commemorative coin that will be available during the village’s 150th anniversary celebrations.
The flip side will feature the Green Bay Packers logo as the presenting sponsor of the event.