Explore creativity at Bay Beach Lego Display
By Gabriella Premus
Saturday, July 10th 2022
GREEN BAY (WLUK) — Bay Beach is hosting its annual Lego Event.
People of all ages are welcome. The event showcased numerous builders and their creations.
Some of the displays have lights and moving parts.
It’s why organizers say the event isn’t just for the fun, there’s an educational piece too.
“We do this to bring LEGO into the public. It’s awesome to see the kids faces light up as you said, ask curious questions and hopefully we are inspiring a new generation,” said Scott Vandeleest, Co-Leader of FoxLug.
The Lego event travels across the country.
FoxLug and Green Bay Parks have put on the event for seven years.
July 8, 2022
The love of the brick
LEGO Display Days returns for its annual weekend at Bay Beach Amusement Park
By Rachel Sankey
The name “LEGO” comes from the Danish words “leg godt,” or “play well.”
Founded in 1932 by Ole Kirk Kristiansen, LEGO has spent the last 90 years helping develop the minds of children.
As time passed, more and more fans of the classic building blocks banded together, forming groups in the community, better known as LEGO User Groups (LUG).
When Scott and Jennifer Vandeleest and their children attended Brickworld – one of the biggest LEGO events in the U.S. – they were able to meet a ton of Adult Fans of LEGO, or AFOLs, who were a part of LUGs around the country.
“LEGO actually recognizes these groups,” Scott Vandeleest said. “You can apply to become a recognized member. So we joined a LUG down in Kenosha, because there wasn’t anybody up here in Northeast Wisconsin. We tried (to form a LUG) for a number of years, and we found that people were interested, but not enough to form our own group.”
It wasn’t until about five years ago that Vandeleest said his now co-lead, Kevin Wagner, reached out about putting more effort into creating a group within the Green Bay and Fox Cities area.
From there, FoxLUG was born.
What does FoxLUG do?
The LEGO enthusiast group, which Vandeleest said started out with about five to six people, now has about 50 members, with 35 of them being consistently active.
FoxLUG is geared towards AFOLs, however, children are able to come to meetings with their parents.
FoxLUG meets monthly. When the COVID-19 pandemic started, he said they turned to virtual options to meet.
At the monthly meetings, Vandeleest said the first half hour covers business-related topics, such as how an event from the previous month went.
The other half is when the “fun stuff” happens.
The group will engage in a variety of activities from month to month, Vandeleest said, such as a roundtable show-and-tell of sorts, where people show off something they’re building and ask for advice, or a build challenge, where members create something on the spot.
FoxLUG also does LEGO drafting, which Vandeelest said has similar elements to a fantasy football draft.
“Everybody will bring in the same set, so imagine we have 10 members, and we’ll bring 10 of the same set in the box,” he said. “We’ll take all the parts out of all the boxes, and we’ll sort them by type. So let’s say one box had five white bricks in it. With 10 boxes, you‘ll have 50 white bricks. We’ll put all the white bricks together. We take all the unique pieces and put them all in piles. Then we’ll draw numbers, and let’s say there’s 10 of us, you’ll get a number from one to 10, and then we’ll draft parts. So if I have the first pick, and I really wanted those white bricks, I’ll get to take a whole pile of 50 white bricks. You keep going through the numbers until all the parts are drafted.”
For MOC (My Own Creation) builders, Vandeleest said the draft can be really helpful to get them the pieces they need without having to buy 10 of the same LEGO set.
On top of the monthly meetings, he said the group typically attends a LEGO event each month. For June, FoxLUG attended Brickworld.
As the years have passed, Vandeleest said FoxLUG has spread outside of Northeast Wisconsin.
“As the word has gotten out, we’re drawing from a much larger area,” he said. “We have two members from the Upper Peninsula, we’ve got members north of Wausau and as far south as Fond du Lac.”
LEGO Display Days
This year’s LEGO displays are set for July 9-10, at Bay Beach Amusement Park.
The event features more than 50 tables of displays, making it one of the largest LEGO setups in Wisconsin.
There will be a variety of different displays from several different groups, such as FoxLUG themselves and KLUG in Kenosha.
Vandeleest said KLUG member, Eric Krauser, brings a working amusement park each year.
“That’s a huge attraction,” he said. “You’re at an amusement park, and you get to see a working LEGO amusement park.”
Other builds include Harry Potter displays, Marvel vignettes, grand view cities, mosaics and collaboratives, which Vandeleest said is where multiple builders contribute to the same layout.
There will also be multiple LEGO competitions taking place on Saturday, with a variety of age groups.
And, of course, it wouldn’t be a LEGO event without LEGO vendors.
Pop’s Block Shop and Green Bay Brick Hero will be in attendance selling minifigures and other LEGO products.
While FoxLUG only started about five years ago, Vandeleest said he’s been working with Bay Beach on the annual event for much longer.
“The first year that it happened, Green Bay Parks ran it by themselves,” he said. “I wasn’t involved at all. I found out about the event the weekend of, and I showed up and did the judging for the contest.”
Vandeleest said he’s been a part of the LEGO display event ever since.
Vandeleest said feedback from the community on the annual LEGO event has been nothing short of amazing, and a lot of that is thanks to the Green Bay Parks department.
“Green Bay Parks doesn’t do this to make money, they do it for the community,” he said.
Vandeleest also said being a judge for the contests is incredibly rewarding.
“We set up tables and the kids sit behind their creations. It’s super rewarding for us to go talk to them,” he said. “We’ll interview each one of them. The kids get to describe their builds and you see how proud they are of what they’ve created. What is really cool about LEGO is that it’s very much a creative thing. And when you create something, there’s a level of pride in what you’ve created.”
The most important part to the LEGO community, Vandeleest said, whether it be with the LEGO display event, FoxLUG or other groups, is to inspire children.
“Obviously FoxLUG has a love of the brick,” he said. “The real motivation for building these MOCs and getting them out in the community is really to inspire other kids and show them what’s possible. It’s super rewarding, and that’s why a lot of us do this.”
For more information on FoxLUG and the LEGO display event, head to foxlug.org.
Rachel Sankey is the associate editor of Green Bay City Pages. She can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Bay Beach Lego Display this weekend in Green Bay
By: Dena Holtz
Posted: Jul 6, 2022
GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – Whether you want to build or watch others, there’s a fun Lego Event this weekend your family will love.
Local 5 Live visited Bay Beach with a preview of the Lego Event and details on how you can enter the contest.
Lego enthusiasts come together at Bay Beach to share unique displays
By: Valerie Juarez
Posted at 10:12 AM, Jul 11, 2021 and last updated 10:56 PM, Jul 11, 2021
GREEN BAY (NBC 26) — This weekend unique Lego displays of all kinds could be spotted at the Bay Beach Pavilion in Green Bay.
Displays include working amusement park rides from Kenosha Lego Users Group (KLUG), the cancer memorial HOPE Castle from Wisconsin Lego Users Group (WisLUG) and castle builds from local Lego users group FoxLUG.
They also had Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Disney displays as well.
Vendors selling Lego mini-figures, parts, and sets were also in attendance.
For the man who created a huge Harry Potter Lego display, he shares all the hard work and dedication he put in to make it a reality.
“For this show we spent about 11 hours between my wife and I. It’s taken us about 10 years of collecting and building to get it to this point. We have pretty much everything Harry Potter that Lego has released and a bunch of things that are custom created. Usually we try to add motion when I create custom builds to add a little extra interest and stuff like that,” said Eric Krans, West Bend.
Krans said he used over 75 thousand pieces of Lego’s to create this display.
For many Lego-lovers this was also their first event since COVID-19.
“Legos” big hit at Bay Beach Pavillion
Posted: Jul 11, 2021
GREEN BAY, Wis.(WFRV)- The Lego display event returned to the Bay Beach Pavillion after being canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic. Thousands attended the two-day event to see displays of “Star Wars,” “Harry Potter” and theme park attractions. “This is actually really cool and I don’t get that many Lego sets,” said 10-year-old Banning Abbey of Two Rivers. Banning and his family attended for the first time Sunday. “My mom and dad thought it would be fun just to look at all the cool Legos here,” said Banning.
Over 50 tables were on display showing various levels of creativity. “We like doing this as adult fans of Lego, because seeing the looks on the kids faces when they see what’s possible is super exciting,” said Scott Vandeleest, co-lead of FoxLug. Also displayed, a tribute to children and adults who have died after a cancer battle. “This is hope castle, it’s built in memory of some of the kids and my sister who had cancer and passed away,” said Reed Yaeger of WisLug. Reed, showing Local 5’s Eric Richards his display saying he looks forward to a day when there is a cure for the disease. “I also have a cove of hope, which actually does have one person in it, “Maggie” who lives in Green Bay who is currently battling cancer,” said Reed.
Venders were also on hand selling mini-figures, parts and complete sets of Legos. “Over a two-day period, I made more the first day than I did all of 2019,” said Derek Metzer owner of Pop’s Block Shop. Derek says he began selling about 5-years ago full-time. “I am also looking forward to the big event in Milwaukee, which will have a lot of people there,” said Derek.
All participants paid attention to detail, spending hours setting up for the Green Bay event. “My wife and I have been collecting and building for over ten years,” said Eric Krans of KLug. Eric says this is a labor of love for him and his wife. “Last Friday when we set this up, it took about eleven hours to complete this display,” said Eric.
If you missed the Bay Beach Pavilion Display, there is a Lego event at Titletown on July 14th from 4pm-6pm called “Let’s build Legos @Titletown.” For more information about “Brickworld Milwaukee” click here.
Lego lovers unite for show at Bay Beach Amusement Park
By FOX 11 News
Saturday, July 10th 2021
GREEN BAY (WLUK) — Lego lovers from across Wisconsin are uniting this weekend at Bay Beach Amusement Park.
65 eight-foot tables filled with custom built displays fill the park’s pavilion.
14 of those tables include an operational amusement park.
There’s also Harry Potter and Star Wars displays.
Organizers say this is about the sixth year for the event, which can be entertaining and educational.
“Lego is a great way for people learn really a start for STEM skills because it helps them learn how to be creative and how to make things work mechanically,” said Scott Vandeleest, an organizer of the show, which he says is one of the biggest in the state.
The show is going on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.