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Some slogans just seem to write themselves, don't they?

With a rookie named Ha Ha Clinton-Dix joining the Green Bay Packers for the 2014 season, this cannot be much of a surprise.

The first fence painted across from Lambeau Field for this season features the message: "Welcome to the Frozen Tundra, Ha Ha."

Packers fans turned out Monday at 1177 Shadow Lane to continue a fence-painting tradition that goes back about 30 years.

At the start of each football season, fans paint messages of encouragement or affection for the Packers on backyard fences overlooking Lambeau Field. Each volunteer gets a paint brush and some green paint, and then picks out a letter to paint on a slogan stenciled faintly on the bright gold fence.

"Everybody really enjoys it," said Bruce Kiel, one of the organizers of Monday's event.

With this year's message, organizers decided to have a little fun with the unusual name of Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, the Packers' first-round draft choice from the University of Alabama.

Packers President Mark Murphy showed up to lend a hand and told reporters he believes Clinton-Dix will get a kick out of being featured in the new fence slogan.

Murphy said the fence-painting ritual is one of the many ways that the Packers and their fans stay connected with each other.

"It's a great tradition," he said. "It's the culture around the whole organization."

The tradition began about 30 years ago at 1177 Shadow Lane, a property owned by Fred Harrsch. Despite health problems, Harrsch came out to greet the volunteer painters Monday and watch the excitement.

His nephew, Pete Harrsch, who moved to Green Bay from New Jersey two years ago, has been impressed by how strongly the Packers and the community are bonded together, and how much Lambeau Field is part of the surrounding neighborhood.

"It really gave me a 'Wow' moment," Pete Harrsch said. "I think it's amazing."

Although rain threatened to dampen the festivities, fans and volunteers gathered in the backyard on Shadow Lane and enjoyed a tailgate-style cookout. The rain then stopped long enough for them to paint the fence as planned at 2 p.m.

Joyce Long of Suamico was thrilled to participate in her first fence painting. She painted the "Z" in the word "frozen."

Long said it was exciting to become part of the 2014 football season and take part in such a highly visible Green Bay tradition. She looks forward to seeing the painted fence each time she passes Lambeau Field.

"I'll look at my 'Z' every time," she said.

Organizers have talked occasionally about making the fence decoration more elaborate or professional-looking. Kiel, however, said that would detract from the simplicity and the genuineness.

"It's got its own identity," he said of the fence. "We're backing the team just like the old days."

— swilliams@pressgazettemedia.com and follow him on Twitter @pgscottwilliams.

Another fence

Another fence painting is scheduled for Sept. 13 at 1219 Shadow Lane. Organizer Christopher Handler promises that this year's message on that fence will be "historic."

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