The 22nd Annual University of Okoboji Winter Games schedule for January 25-28 is now complete. Most Winter Games festivities are held at Smith's Bay, and the public is welcome to attend all events.
The 22nd annual Winter Games begin on January 25th with a Chili cook-off at Mau Marine. A Snowball Dance and Moonlight Ski will follow on opening day.
A number of winter activities will be available to the public on Saturday, January 26, including broomball, dogsled rides, ice bowling, mini golf, ice fishing, and even a talent show.
The Winter Games which normally span three days, will have an extra day of events tacked on this year, including a Winter Dance Party retro concert saluting Buddy Holly, to be held at the Arnolds Park Pavilion on Monday, January 28th.
Several thousand people are expected to take part in the sports and activities.
Team events, including broomball, the talent show, flag football, water volleyball, the 5 and 10K road races, and the Freeze Your Fanny Bike Ride, all require preregistration.
The children's events however do not.
For more information about the 22nd annual University of Okoboji Winter Games, contact the Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce.
2002 Events List
Friday, January 25
11:30-3:30 p.m. - Bridge Party - Minervas, Village East
5-7:30 p.m. - Chili Cookoff and Feed - Mau Marine; Desert Bar by the Spirit of Harmony Chorus
6:30 p.m. - High School Basketball Games
8-12 p.m. - Spirit Lake Mainsail Snowball Dance - Arnolds Park Pavilion
8:30 p.m. - "Blazing Saddles" Moonlight Ski and Snowshoe Hike - Millers Bay
Saturday, January 26
7-11 a.m. - Pancake Feed - Okoboji Middle School, Sponsored by Milford Commercial Club
8 a.m.-12 p.m. - Okoboji Summer Theatre Omelet Brunch at Arnolds Park Pavilion
Broomball Tournament - Smith's Bay
Softball Tournament - Smith's Bay
Sportsman's Flag Football - Smith's Bay
9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. - "Top Gun" Kiddie Rides - Smith's Bay
10 a.m. - Freeze Your Fanny Bike Ride - Okoboji Expedition Co.
10 a.m.-1 p.m. - Lakes Area Hockey Association Shoot Out - Smith's Bay
10 a.m.-3 p.m. - Spas on Ice - Smith's Bay
10 a.m.-4 p.m. - Special Winter Display - Maritime Museum
10 a.m. and 1 p.m. - Snowshoe Hike at Horseshoe Bend
10 a.m.-4 p.m. - Snowmobile Poker Run - Oak Hill Marina
10 a.m.-4 p.m. - Kart Ranch Go-Kart Rides - Smith's Bay
10 a.m.-5 p.m. - Dogsled Rides - Smith's Bay
11 a.m. - Snowball Drop - Uptown Spirit Lake, sponsored by Spirit Lake Mainsail
11 a.m.-5 p.m. - Big Water Volleyball Tournament - Athletic Club, Village East Resort
11 a.m.-6 p.m. - Tube Day - Horseshoe Bend (rentals available)
11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. - Little Sioux Offroad Ice Challenge
12 p.m.- Powder Puff Broomball - Smith's Bay
12-2 p.m. - Kids Kite Flying - Smith's Bay
12-3 p.m. - Ice Bowling and Mini Golf - Smith's Bay
1-3:30 p.m. - The Snow King/Queen of the Tennis Court - Athletic Club, Village East Resort
1- 3 p.m. - Lakes Art Center Chocolate Classic - D.C. Community Building
1:30 p.m. - 5K and 10K Road Races - Spirit Lake Middle School
2 p.m. - Okoboji Summer Theatre 2002 Schedule - Okoboji Spirit Center
Kids Cross-Country Ski Event - Expedition Company
Wild Women of Okoboji Contest - Smith's Bay
3 p.m. - Okoboji Underwater Search and Rescue Demo - Smith's Bay
6:30 p.m. - 2002 Winter Games Extravaganza - Smith's Bay
National Guard Tribute-194th Field Artillery-Iowa Army Nat. Guard
Introduction of the U Of O Winter Games Cheerleaders Awards Ceremony - Burning of the Greens
Fireworks Display, Sponsored by Alliant Energy
Sunday, January 27
7:30 a.m. - The Winter Games Worship Service - Clair Wilson Park
8 a.m. - Broomball Tourney - Smith's Bay
10 a.m.-2 p.m. - Dogsled Rides - Smith's Bay
10 a.m.-3 p.m. - Spas on Ice - Smith's Bay
11 a.m.-6 p.m. - Tube Day - Horseshoe Bend (rentals are available)
12 p.m. - Broomball Championship - Smith's Bay
12-1 p.m. - A Kids Kite Flying event - Smith's Bay
12-2 p.m. - Ice Bowling and Mini Golf - Smith's Bay
12-4 p.m. - Special Winter Display - Maritime Museum
12-3 p.m. - Radar Run - Oak Hill Marina
12:30-1:30 p.m. - Kids Ice Fishing contest - Smith's Bay
1 p.m. - Snowshoe Hike - Iowa Lakeside Lab
Blue Ice Bingo - at D.C. Community Building
$500 Jackpot-Must Go - Early Bird at 1 p.m., Regular Bingo at 2 p.m.
1- 4 p.m. - The Winter Wonderland Open House - Waitt Building at Iowa Lakeside Lab
2 p.m. - Winter Follies Talent Show - Arnolds Park Pavilion
Monday, January 28
7 p.m. Winter Games Dance Party - Arnolds Park Pavilion
For more information, contact Tom Kuhlman or Carol Caviness at the Lakes Area chamber of commerce, 712-332-2107.