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FIRST LOOK: New sculpture featuring Starr, Hinkle at Packers Heritage Trail

GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - WTAQ has the first look at two additional statues dedicated by the Packers Heritage Trail Foundation.

The statues, which you can see in the video above, features Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr signing an autograph for a young girl. The other statue shows Hall of Fame fullback Clarke Hinkle walking hand-in-hand with a young boy.

The dedication ceremony is Saturday at noon at the Packers Heritage Trail Plaza. That's on the northeast corner of Washington and Cherry streets.

The unveiling will include comments by Bart and Cherry Starr, Green Bay Packers President Mark Murphy and Mayor Jim Schmitt. Sculptors Omri Amrany, Lou Cella, Gary Tillery and Sean Bell will be on hand to unveil the statues and answer questions. In addition, the Rawhide Boys Ranch will have their color guard stand in formation in honor of Bart Starr.

It was a time-honored tradition at City Stadium for Packers players to grab young kids by the hand and smuggle them through the back gate so they could watch the games for free. City Stadium was home to the Packers from 1925 to 1956. Another touching custom that grew in popularity especially during the Vince Lombardi era was players signing autographs that kids collected as keepsakes.

The statues of Starr and Hinkle and their young fans were made possible through generous gifts from the Packers and Phil Hendrickson, a local businessman and former Packers treasurer. Mary Heather Hendrickson, the late daughter of Phil and Betsy Hendrickson, is the young girl asking Starr for his autograph. The boy walking with Hinkle was Donald Hamacher, who grew up in the shadows of City Stadium and served his country in three wars.

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