2025 Winter Games
Always the Last Weekend in January!
January 23-26, 2025
Mark your calendars! Broomball. Flag Football. Softball. Bags Tournament. Chili Cook-Off. Chocolate Classic. Polar Plunge. Fireworks. Burning of the Greens. MUCH, MUCH MORE!
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Winter Games 2024 has come and gone..
THANK YOU! On behalf of the Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, we would like to thank so many for making our 44th Annual University of Okoboji Winter Games another success for our business community. Although the games may have felt a little different from those of the recent past, lifelong memories were made … Read more
Winter Games 44 Results
Chili Cook-Off sponsored by Hinn Real Estate Best Overall Goliath Sporting Goods Best Non-Profit Knights of Columbus Best Decorated Booth Grace Lutheran Church Chocolate Classic sponsored by Ingvall Real Estate Team 1st: Painted Ladies 2nd: Mary Abbott 3rd: Boji Spudz Axe Throwing – 10 for $10 Tournament at The Throwing Post Men: Richie Emrich Women: … Read more
Meet your 2024 Winter Games Cheerleaders!
Introducing your 2024 Winter Games Cheerleaders! After collecting nominations for all of December and holding a community-wide voting on January 3rd & 4th, the Winter Games Committee has officially tallied up the votes! We now present to you the 2024 University of Okoboji Winter Games Cheerleaders! Rob Catlin “Rob is a long-time resident of the … Read more
The Winter Games are a wonderful celebration of community, fun, and chilly temps. The events are fun and create a winter wonderland. There is something for all ages, and it is a tradition for our family. We’ll be there no matter the temperature!
“We participate in a variety of the events. We love that a lot of the events are supporting local groups and charities!”
“I enjoy everything about the games. The atmosphere–you can’t beat it! It truly is a fantastic experience.”
“Our first Winter Games was the first time many of us had seen a frozen lake for the first time. We had no idea what to expect, but we were hooked from the first one! The amazing people that come from all over makes it such a special event, and we look forward to it all year. We like to call it Lallapolooza on ice. Going to see the great bands play, dancing, singing at the top of our lungs. It’s the most fun for us Texans since it’s the only snow we ever see.”
Sharon, Ansel, Stacy, Lindsey, and Brandon
"The 5 amigos” from Dallas
“A full slate of events and energy bringing families and friends together from all across the country!”
“I come back to participate in the Winter Games road run and Polar Plunge to prove that I am still “Iowa Tough!”
“It is so much fun. Tons of stuff to do. Great people!”
“We love coming to the Winter Games, first and foremost for gathering with friends and family to celebrate Spirit Lake and renew our enrollment at the University of Okoboji. It’s a fun time and we all look forward to it every year!"
“Being from Arizona, we seldom get to see true Winter activities. We love the games and seeing people just enjoying life!!”