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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Okoboji's Winter Games add fun to season

If you aren't the type to stay cabin-fevered during the icecicle season, the University of Okoboji Winter Games is one way to be the cold-weather blues.

Centered around scenic Smith's Bay on West Lake Okoboji, the crazies at the fictional U of O have planned something for everyone for this year's Games, to be held on the last weekend of January.

There are broom ball tournaments, bike rides, a chili cook-off, talent shows, ice fishing for the kids, 5K & 10K Road Race & Walk events, ice mini-golf, dog sled rides, snowball football and softball, a Christmas tree bonfire, and a big fireworks display on Saturday night.

Here's a sneak peek at some of the highlights:

Friday, January 27

11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Edna Wattier Memorial Bridge Party - Minervas

5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. RE/MAX Spirit Lake and the Okobojis Chili Cook-Off, Dickinson County Expo Building

5:00 p.m. Spas on Ice - Smith's Bay

7:00 p.m. FREE Rock the Roof Concert: BB & the Bullfrogs, Richie Lee & the Fabulous 50s and Baja, Dickinson County Expo Building

8:00 p.m. The Mighty Nish Band - Okoboji Boat Works

9:00 p.m. Murphy's Law - The Ritz

9:00 p.m. Damon Dotson - Murphy's

Saturday, January 28

8:00 a.m. Broomball Tournament - Smith's Bay

Softball Tournament - Smith's Bay

The Ritz Flag Football - The Ritz

9:00 - 11:00 Rotating Partners Doubles Tennis Tournament - Athletic Club

Ice Hike and Underwater Lake Profile, "Scoping Out Life Under the Ice," Cookies and Cider

9:00 - 4:00 Surfin' USA Music Exhibit - Iowa Rock 'N' Roll Music Association

10:00 Freeze Your Fanny Bike Ride - Okoboji Expedition Co.

10:00 - 1:00 Lakes Area Hockey Association Shoot Out -- Smith's Bay

10:00 - 2:00 University of Okoboji Texas Hold 'Em Tournament - Brooks Golf Club

10:00 - 4:00 Special Winter Display -- Maritime Museum

10:00 - 4:00 Snowmobile Poker Run - Okoboji Boat Works

10:30 Snowball Drop - Uptown Spirit Lake

Sponsored by Spirit Lake Mainsail

10:30 - 3:00 Little Sioux OHV/ATV Ice Challenge - The Ritz

11:00 & 2:00 Snowshoe Hike for the Family Sponsored by the Conservation Board of Dickinson County - Nature Center at Kenue Park

11:00 - 6:00 Family Fun at the Tube Hill -- Horseshoe Bend (User fee free, tube rentals available)

Noon *Powder Puff Broomball - Smith's Bay

Noon - 2:00 p.m. Kids Kite Flying - Smith's Bay

Noon - 2:00 Ice Bowling & Mini Golf Sponsored by Crystal Distribution - Okoboji Boat Works

1:00 - 3:00 Chocolate Classic - Shaw Paint, Glass & Locksmithing

1:00 - 3:00 Golf Ball Long Drive Contest - Smith's Bay

1:30 Frostbite Frolic 5K/10K - Spirit Lake Middle School

1:30 Broomball Second Round

1:30 - 3:30 Bingo - Humane Society of NW Iowa - Arnolds Park Pavilion

2:00 Okoboji Underwater Search & Rescue Demo - Smith's Bay

3:00 Polar Bear Plunge - Smith's Bay

6:30 p.m. - 2006 Winter Games Extravaganza - Arnolds Park Green Space, Burning of the Greens and Fireworks Display

8:00 The Cartwright Brothers - Okoboji Boat Works

9:00 Arm Wrestling Tournament - The Ritz

9:00 Murphy's Law - The Ritz

9:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. BB & the Bullfrogs - Village West Convention Center

Sunday, January 29

9:00 a.m. Broomball - Smith's Bay

10:00 Cross-Country Ski Event (Lessons Available) - Nature Center at Kenue Park

11:00 - 3:00 Snowmobile Radar Run - Village West

11:00 - 6:00 Family Fun at the Tube Hill - Horseshoe Bend

Noon Broomball Championship - Smith's Bay

Noon - 1:00 Kids Ice Fishing Contest - Smith's Bay

Noon - 2:00 Ice Bowling & Mini Golf

Noon - 4:00 Free Swim - Athletic Club

Noon - 4:00 Surfin' USA Music Exhibit - Iowa Rock 'N' Roll Music Museum

2:00 - Winter Follies Talent Show - Lakes Art Center

* For information, see okobojiwintergames .com or call 1-800-839-9987.