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U of O Winter Games 41 Apparel is LIVE!

The countdown is on for University of Okoboji Winter Games 41! Clothing will soon be available in person. Stay tuned on Facebook or sign up for our email list to get live updates on apparel locations and more! Make sure your calendars are marked for January 28-31, 2021 for the 41st Annual University of Okoboji Winter … Read more

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2021 U of O Winter Games Chairs Announced!

Announcing the 2021 University of Okoboji Winter Games Chair and Co-Chair! The Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the Chair & Co-Chair of the 41st Annual University of Okoboji Winter Games scheduled for January 28-31, 2021. The Chair of the 41st Annual Winter Games is John Hight. John is a … Read more

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The WG41 Logo Is Here!

Can you believe we are only 5 months away from the 2021 University of Okoboji Winter Games?! We hope you are all as excited as we are! 2020 has been…well, a year, let’s just leave it at that…so we are more ready than ever to kick off the 2021 Winter Games fun! What better way … Read more

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Winter Games 2020 Polar Plunge Check Presented

Winter Games 2020 Polar Plunge Check Presented   The Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and event sponsor Okoboji Motor Company were thrilled to present a check from the proceeds of the Winter Games 40 Polar Plunge to the Arnolds Park/Okoboji Fire & Rescue. The $1,939.00 check was made possible due to the 142 … Read more

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Winter Games Bean Bag Tournament Check Presentation

Winter Games Bean Bag Tournament Check Presented   Another fantastic cause benefitting from the U of O Winter Games! Parks Marina’s Millisa Reynolds, IGLACC Kiley Zankowski & Blain Andera, & Bean Bag Co-Chairs Joe & Ann Meyer presented the Okoboji Fine Arts (vocal teacher Erin Chappas, instrumental teacher Ryan Middleton, & Okoboji Fine Arts President … Read more

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Winter Games 41 & 42 Concept Contest – Now Open!

Punxsutawney Phil may have predicted an early spring, but winter is still on our minds at the Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber. After an awesome 40th year celebration, we are anxiously looking ahead to the 41st and 42nd Annual University of Okoboji Winter Games. The Winter Games Committee is seeking design concept ideas for the … Read more

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Tournament Results

2020 U of O Winter Games Results Axe Throwing – 10 for 10 Tournament at The Throwing Post: Men – Mason Kruger Women – Janice Nitch   Battle of the Bartenders: Raised almost $10,000 for three charities! 1st Place: Elly Schmitz with Johnny’s Pub Charity: Braedyn Johnson Family 2nd Place: Morgan Strauss with Okoboji Boat … Read more

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Winter Games Cheerleaders 2020: THE VOTES ARE IN!

After collecting nominations for all of December and holding a community-wide voting on January 2nd, the Winter Games Committee has officially tallied up the votes! We now present to you the 2019 University of Okoboji Winter Games Cheerleaders! Andrew Fisher Andrew has worked for the Bedell Family YMCA and Camp Foster for over 12 years. … Read more

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Winter Games Cheerleader Nominations Sought

In the true spirit of community fun and recognition, the University of Okoboji Winter Games Committee is giving the public the opportunity to nominate a man or woman to serve as a 2020 University of Okoboji Winter Games cheerleader.  Nominees must be 18 years of age or older and a resident of Dickinson County. Each … Read more

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Winter Games 40 Registration Open!

Great news for all our Winter Games fanatics, REGISTRATION IS OPEN! Winter Games 40 is just over two months away, and spots fill up quickly! Visit www.uofowintergames.com/event-registration-information to get signed up for all your favorite events. We know things get busy during the holiday season, so we want to help make your lives a little easier. … Read more

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OFFICIAL University of Okoboji Winter Games Beer!

We’ve been brewing up this secret for far too long.. We are so excited to introduce to you the Official University of Okoboji Winter Games beer! West O Beer has created CōZY, a delicious Lager with Blackberry, for you to enjoy leading up to and during the games. You can find CōZY both on tap and in … Read more

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Winter Games 40 Logo Chosen

While spring weather is upon us, and winter is far from our minds, the planning for the University of Okoboji Winter Games has already begun. This year marks the 40thAnnual Celebration for this fun winter tradition scheduled for January 23-26, 2020.   Over the last month, the U of O Winter Games Committee asked individuals … Read more

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Winter Games 40 Chair & Co-Chair Announced

The Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the Chair & Co-Chair of the 40thAnnual University of Okoboji Winter Games scheduled for January 23-26, 2020.   The Chair of the 40th Annual Winter Games is Brent Harris. Brent is an account executive for MHR Insurance in Milford. He is also the … Read more

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Bean Bag Tournament Check Presentation

Winter Games Bean Bag Tournament Check Presented   Another fantastic cause benefitting from the U of O Winter Games! Parks Marina Jeff Thee, IGLACC Kiley Zankowski & Cari Jack, & Bean Bag Co-Chairs Joe & Ann Meyer presented the Okoboji Friends of the Arts (vocal teacher Erin Chappas, instrumental teacher Ryan Middleton, & Okoboji Friends … Read more

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The Results Are In!

2019 U of O Winter Games Results   Chili Cook-off sponsored by Oak Hill Marina: Best Business/Overall Winner: Ruthven Meat Locker Best Non-profit: Hope Haven Best Booth: Mustang Entertainment   Chocolate Classic sponsored by Ingvall Real Estate Team: 1st: Mary Abbott 2nd: Abby Troung 3rd: Creative Cakes by Mindy Troung   Bean Bag Toss Tournament … Read more

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Thank You!

On behalf of the Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, Spirit Lake Chamber of Commerce, and Okoboji Tourism, we would like to thank so many for making our 39thAnnual University of Okoboji Winter Games another success for our business community.   Thank you to our sponsors for making so much of this possible. Our … Read more

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2019 Winter Games Cheerleaders: VOTES ARE IN!

After collecting nominations for all of December and holding community-wide voting on January 3rd and 4th, the Winter Games Committee has officially tallied up the votes! We now present to you the 2019 University of Okoboji Winter Games Cheerleaders.   Lori & George Bower, Spirit Lake As a radio personality, George has been the ultimate … Read more

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Winter Games Cheerleader Nominations Sought

In the true spirit of community fun and recognition, the University of Okoboji Winter Games Committee is giving the public the opportunity to nominate deserving individuals to serve as 2019 Winter Games cheerleaders.  Nominations are required to be residents of Dickinson County and be at least 18 years of age. A deserving nominee should exhibit: … Read more

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The Official University of Okoboji Winter Games 39 Apparel has ARRIVED!

The cold weather has arrived, making it feel like Winter Games weather! Apparel is available for purchase online at www.uofowintergames.com/wgapparel/ as well as in stores around the Iowa Great Lakes Area. Visit the IGLA Chamber office in Arnolds Park and The Three Sons to get your official Winter Games gear today! Clothing will soon be available … Read more

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Chair & Co-Chair Announced

We are excited to introduce to you the Chair & Co-Chair for the 39th Annual U of O Winter Games!     Chairperson: Adelee Dixon Chair of the 39th Annual Winter Games is Dr. Adelee Dixon. Dr. Adelee is a chiropractor and co-owner of Dixon Family Chiropractic along with her husband, a Spirit Lake native, … Read more

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Winter Games 38: Results are in!

The results are in for the 38th Annual U of O Winter Games Chili Cook-off sponsored by REMAX Lakes Realty: Best Business/Overall Winner: All Pets Best Non-profit: Ingham Okoboji Bible Camp Best Booth: Mustang Entertainment   Chocolate Classic sponsored by Ingvall Real Estate Team: 1st: Mary Abbott 2nd: Creative Cakes 3rd: TIE between Mr. Fudge … Read more

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2018 Cheerleaders Announced

After collecting nominations for all of December and holding community-wide voting on January 3rd and 4th, we have officially tallied up the votes! We now present to you the 2018 University of Okoboji Winter Games Cheerleaders:   John Hight, Okoboji John was born and raised in Dickinson County and has chosen this as his permanent … Read more

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Winter Games 38: Chair & Co-Chair Announced!

  The Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the Chair & Co-Chair of the 38th Annual University of Okoboji Winter Games scheduled for January 25-28, 2018.   Chair of the 38th Annual University of Okoboji Winter Games is Ryan Davelaar. Ryan is the Assistant Vice President of Real Estate Lending … Read more

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Winter Games 37: That’s a Wrap!

The results are in for the 37th Annual U of O Winter Games Bean Bag Toss Tournament sponsored by KICD​ and Parks Marina​: 1st: Team Smith 2nd: Lumberjacks Shacks 3rd: Bayside Tigers 4th: Garmins Consolation Winner: Ash Creek Consolation Runner-up: Shuck This Broomball sponsored by Shaw’s of Okoboji​: 1st: Martins 2nd: Winkelhox 3rd: Bat Removal … Read more

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Winter Games Cheerleaders: VOTES ARE IN

The Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to announce the 8 Dickinson County residents who have been elected to cheer loud and proud at the 37th Annual University of Okoboji Winter Games presented by Parks Marina. On January 4 & 5, the general public was encouraged to visit the Chamber office and … Read more

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Registration open for Winter Games 37!

Great news for all our Winter Games fanatics, REGISTRATION IS OPEN! Winter Games 37 is under two months away, and spots fill up quickly! Visit www.uofowintergames.com/event-registration-information to get signed up for all your favorite events. We know things get busy during the holiday season, so we want to help make your lives a little easier. We are … Read more

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Winter Games 37 Chair & Co-Chair Announced

  The Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the Chair & Co-Chair of the 37th Annual University of Okoboji Winter Games scheduled for January 26-29, 2017. Chair Greta Gruys is an Iowa Great Lakes Area native who returned to the area with her husband Nate to raise their three young … Read more

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First Winter Games 37 Meeting

Next Tuesday, November 1st is the first University of Okoboji Winter Games Meeting. We will meet at 5:30 PM in the Hedberg Theater located in the Maritime Museum in Arnolds Park. Event chairs, volunteers, and community members are invited to discuss the plans for this fun NW Iowa tradition. If you would like to host … Read more

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Winter Games 36 Results

2016 Winter Games Results Kickball sponsored by The Garden’s 1st I- State 2nd The Thirsty Ducks   Chili Overall – Xtreme Country & Sunshine Foods Best Business – The Okoboji Store Best Nonprofit – Knights of Columbus Best Booth – Casey’s of Spirit Lake   Chess Adult- Jodene Kruse, Sibley, IA 6-2 Grade 1st Place … Read more

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Winter Games 36 Cheerleaders Announced!

University of Okoboji Winter Games 36 Cheerleaders Announced The Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the 8 Dickinson County residents who have been elected to cheer on participants throughout our campus during the 36th Annual University of Okoboji Winter Games presented by Parks Marina and The Barefoot Bar. On Tuesday … Read more

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2016 Chair Nick Stauss and Greta Gruys

The Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the Chair & Co-Chair of the 36th Annual University of Okoboji Winter Games scheduled January 29-31, 2016. Chair Nick Stauss is a lifelong resident of the Iowa Great Lakes and a graduate of Spirit Lake High School. Nick resides in Spirit Lake and … Read more