Winter Games Notebook 01-24-18

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

As the temperatures drop, the schedule heats up for organizers behind the annual University of Okoboji Winter Games. The 38th Annual Winter Games will take place Jan. 25-28.

For more information and updates regarding Winter Games, visit or find "University of Okoboji Winter Games" on Facebook.


Calling all bridge players! There is still time to register for the Annual Winter Games Bridge Tournament will be held Friday, Jan. 26, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Milford.

Doors will open at 11 a.m. A soup and sandwich luncheon will be served promptly at 11:30 a.m. with party bridge to begin by noon or so. Afternoon refreshments will be served. Door prizes will be awarded. Cost will be $12 per person. Reservations by Wednesday, Jan. 24 are encouraged so an accurate count for food and bridge can be obtained. Make reservations by calling Susan at 338-2274 or e-mailing her at Singles or couples are encouraged to participate.


Heritage Landing Senior Living Apartments invites the community to attend a free, pre-Winter Games Party from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24.

Heritage Landing is located at 1305 Jeppeson Rd. in Milford. There will be appetizers/refreshments, apartment tours/information and musical entertainment provided by local favorite celebrity Terry Klein.


Hard Day’s Night will perform live at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, on the Lauridsen Performing Arts Theatre stage at the Pearson Lakes Art Center.

Since 1996, Hard Day’s Night has been entertaining Beatles fans across the country. Hailing from the rock 'n' roll city of Cleveland, Hard Day’s Night is rated among the top national Beatles tribute groups performing today. Hard Day's Night is privileged to recreate and perform the magical music of the Beatles for fans young and old, and thrilled to introduce a whole new generation of Beatles fans to the excitement of a Beatles concert. They are dedicated to keeping Beatlemania alive with an authentic, all-live stage tribute.

Tickets for Hard Day’s Night are $25 for non-members, $20 for members, and $15 for students, and can be purchased at the Pearson Lakes Art Center box office, online at, or by calling 712-332-7013. For more information, please call the Pearson Lakes Art Center at 712-332-7013 or visit


Aspiring sailors of all ages are invited to stop by the Okoboji Sailing Center (OSC), located on Manhattan Beach on West Lake Okoboji on Saturday, Jan. 27.

In addition to a hot chocolate bar, gutter sailboat races will take place all afternoon. Practice knot tying or learn how to tie a proper bowline, clove hitch or reef knot. Art supplies will be available to create colorful sailing pictures. Bring snowshoes or cross-country skis to check out the lake or build a winter snow castle.

The hot chocolate bar and other sweet treats will be served between noon and 5 p.m. Winter Games families are encouraged to stop by and warm themselves by the bonfire, enjoy the beautiful view of Millers Bay on the excursion and learn more about youth and adult sailing on West Lake Okoboji.


Families can follow a luminaire trail from Okoboji Sailing Center around Little Miller’s Bay as they enjoy a half-mile nature walk between OSC and Iowa Lakeside Laboratory.

Lakeside Winter Family Fest includes nature activities, sledding and more treats from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. OSC and Iowa Lakeside Laboratory are introducing some collaborative programming during the summer of 2018 too and this is an opportunity to learn more.


Winter Games attendees will once again have the thrill of Ice oval racing, as they return for Parks Marina's Ice Oval Shootout the Saturday of Winter Games weekend.

Studded ATV/UTV and Motorcycles will compete for cash payouts and bragging rights.

There will be 11 classes in the races and a fan favorite — juniors division and the side by side series. Registration fees will be 100 percent payback as well as the sponsorships donated by several area businesses.

Kevin Winters is heading up the races this year.

Other events slated for Parks Marina’s East Lake location are helicopter rides, youth 120 snowmobile test drives, boat/ATV/snowmobile show, human dogsled races, ice auger races, flag football, stein-holding contest, ice bars, Pure Fishing’s casting contest, tubing, horse-drawn carriage rides and much more. For a full list visit


The Polar Plunge takes place on the ice by Arnolds Park Amusement Park on the Saturday of Winter Games. Registration begins at 1:30 pm and ends at 3 pm. Participants are encouraged have a friend or family member hold their dry clothing and belongings. Bring a towel and a sense of courage as people begin jumping into the frozen waters of West Lake Okoboji at 3 p.m. Cost is $20 with proceeds going to benefit the Arnolds Park Okoboji Fire & Rescue Department, those volunteers who are always on-hand to pull you out of a bad situation.

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