Project Grill Unveiling Coming Up

The smell of summer will soon be in the air as area students and business leaders gather for the 2013 Project GRILL Unveiling!  The challenge to surpass previous grill creations has been heating up over the past five years!  Come see this year’s grill creations, unveiled for the first time on Friday, May 3 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Festival Foods parking lot in Fond du Lac.


Student creativity and hands-on manufacturing lessons combine to produce one-of-a-kind and sometimes unexpected charcoal grills, thanks to Project GRILL  Project GRILL, a program of the Fond du Lac Area Association of Commerce, matches high school technical education departments with area manufacturers in a challenge to work together to design, test and build a charcoal grill from scratch. This year, eight high school technical education departments have been paired with eight area manufacturers to design and build a working charcoal grill from scratch. So what’s in store for the 2013 unveiling?  Come see for yourself!


Mark your calendars for May 3 and plan to attend the 5th Annual Project GRILL Unveiling. This event is free and open to the public, with a brat fry taking place – proceeds to benefit the Project GRILL program – all are welcome to stop out and enjoy lunch. The unveiling portion of the program will take place from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Festival Foods parking lot (1125 E Johnson Street, Fond du Lac)


The school-manufacturer partnerships for 2013 are:

  • Campbellsport High School and Mid-States Aluminum
  • Fond du Lac High School and Nemesis Metals
  • Horace Mann High School and JF Ahern Company
  • Laconia High School and Mercury Marine
  • Lomira High School and Kondex Corporation
  • Mayville High School and MEC (Mayville Engineering Co, Inc.)
  • Oakfield High School and Manowske Welding
  • Winnebago Lutheran Academy and MAG



The grill created by the Oakfield High School – J.F. Ahern team in 2011-12 was immediately recognizable, from the John Deer logo to the working steam pipe the tractor grill aimed to impress.