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2017 Winter Games

January 26-29, 2017

Mark your calendars! Broomball. Flag Football. Softball. Bag Tournament. Chili Cook Off. Chocolate Classic. Polar Plunge. Fireworks. Burning of the Greens.

MUCH, MUCH MORE!

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  • Winter Games 36 Results

    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 …Read More »
  • Winter Games 36 Cheerleaders Announced!

    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 …Read More »
  • 2016 Chair Nick Stauss and Greta Gruys

    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 …Read More »

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University of Okoboji Winter Games
Facebook IconJune 21, 2016 at 2:19 pm

The waters of West Lake Okoboji were just a smidge colder than they are now. Enjoy!

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Facebook IconJune 14, 2016 at 8:45 pm

37th Annual #UniversityofOkobojiWinterGames.
January 26-29, 2017

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Facebook IconMay 18, 2016 at 10:31 am

#UniversityofOkobojiWinterGames. Fun for all ages!

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Facebook IconApril 22, 2016 at 8:30 pm

#UniversityofOkobojiWinterGames. Oh, the fun.

37th edition of the frozen fun - January 26-29, 2017

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University of Okoboji Winter Games
Facebook IconApril 13, 2016 at 7:15 pm

A doggone good time....the POLAR PLUNGE!

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Facebook IconApril 12, 2016 at 2:16 pm

ATV racing at Parks Marina during the 36th Annual #UniversityofOkobojiWinterGames.

Photos courtesy of the Dickinson County News.

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Facebook IconApril 12, 2016 at 10:36 am

University of Okoboji Winter Games updated their cover photo.

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Facebook IconApril 12, 2016 at 10:36 am

Saturday, May 21st is Arnolds Park Amusement Park's opening day. Bring on SUMMER 2016, and in the meantime, visit http://www.arnoldspark.com for a complete list of concerts, Queen II cruises and more.

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Facebook IconApril 11, 2016 at 7:15 pm

University of Okoboji Winter Games shared Boji Bike Rally's event.

Polaris plant tours, Indian/Victory/Harley-Davidson demo rides, Jackyl & Head East at Boji Bay Fun House & Pavilion, The Badlands House Band on Preservation Plaza in Arnolds Park, Rally4Veterans charity ride, EFMC Ride-In Bike Show, Knights of Columbus Pancake breakfast and more. #BojiBIkeRally 2016

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Boji Bike Rally 2016

Boji Bike Rally 2016

What was once the American Victory Rally held here in the Iowa Great Lakes Area has now become the Boji Bike Rally, open to all makes and models of motorcycles...and fans!

The August 18-21 weekend is quickly taking shape with live entertainment, charity rides, benefit breakfasts, classic car shows, demo rides, Polaris Plant tours and much, much more.

As of 3/31/2016, here's what we have scheduled for you:

Friday, August 19th
- Polaris Plant Tours, 9am-2pm, Spirit Lake
- Vendor Fair & Demo Rides on Preservation Plaza 10am-7pm
- Mighty Nish Band, Parks Marina, 7 pm
- Jackyl & Head East Concert at Boji Bay Fun House & Pavilion, Milford sponsored by Okoboji-Harley Davidson, 8 pm


Saturday, August 20th
- Polaris Plant Tours, 9 am-2pm, Spirit Lake
- Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast, Arnolds Park Amusement Park, 7-11 am
- Rally4Veterans Benefit Ride, Okoboji Harley-Davidson
- Vendor Fair & Demo Rides on Preservation Plaza, Arnolds Park Amusement Park
- Black Knights Classic Car Show Spectacular Car Weekend, Okoboji Classic Cars, Milford, 9am-5pm
- Christopher John, Barefoot Bar, 2 pm
- Badlands House Band, Preservation Plaza Arnolds Park, sponsored by Okoboji Indian Motorcycle, 7:30 pm


Sunday, August 21st
- Black Knights Classic Car Cruise, Okoboji Classic Car Museum’s Spectacular Car Weekend, Milford, Noon.

Vendor Fair:
- Slim D’s BBQ Team- Ankeny, IA
- Okoboji Indian Motorcycle – Okoboji, IA
- Okoboji Harley-Davidson- Okoboji, IA
- ABATE District 8 of Iowa
- Cool Biker Stuff- Milford, IA
- EFMC – Iowa Great Lakes Chapter
- Rainbow Ink Tattoos- Nashua, IA
- Dan Kite Pinstriping- Jacksonville, FL

For more information, please contact Jen Johnson at:
712-332-2107 or jen@okobojichamber.com

University of Okoboji Winter Games
April 11, 2016 at 2:13 pm

University of Okoboji Winter Games shared KUOO Campus Radio's photo.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, August 13th as Boz Skaggs at the Blue Water Concert on Preservation Plaza in Arnolds Park!

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Sweet! Boz Skaggs at the Blue Water Concert!
http://www.exploreokoboji.com/news/news-stories/boz-scaggs-to-highlight-bluewater-festival/

University of Okoboji Winter Games
Facebook IconApril 4, 2016 at 7:30 pm

#BojiBikeRally 2016 will feature Indian demo rides, so mark your calendars for August 19 & 20!

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Facebook IconApril 4, 2016 at 2:05 pm

University of Okoboji Winter Games updated their cover photo.

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Facebook IconApril 1, 2016 at 2:16 pm

University of Okoboji Winter Games updated their cover photo.

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Facebook IconApril 1, 2016 at 2:15 pm

Registration is open for the inaugural Prairie Lakes Conference August 11th & 12th in our amazing area, to promote working in concert for water quality.

Click the link below to register.

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Join us August 11th and 12th in beautiful Okoboji, Iowa for the first annual Prairie Lakes Conference: Working Together for Water Quality. Check out http://www.PLCIowa.com for all the details!

University of Okoboji Winter Games
Facebook IconApril 1, 2016 at 1:14 pm

No fooling you. Be at the 2017 University of Okoboji Winter Games! January 26-29, 2017 right here in the Iowa Great Lakes!

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Facebook IconApril 1, 2016 at 11:34 am

Register for the 34th Annual #IowaGreatLakesWalleyeWeekend at the Chamber office in Arnolds Park, Fisherman's Factory Outlet & Kabele's in Spirit Lake and both Stan's and Oh Shucks in Milford. Grand prize for catching one of the 10 specially tagged walleye is $34,000!

You may also register online at http://www.okobojichamber.com!

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University of Okoboji Winter Games
Facebook IconMarch 27, 2016 at 10:12 am

Happy Easter from the 37th Annual U of O Winter Games Committee!

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Facebook IconMarch 24, 2016 at 4:05 pm

Kids taking a spin on the broomball courts during the 36th Annual University of Okoboji Winter Games.

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University of Okoboji Winter Games
Facebook IconMarch 22, 2016 at 6:25 pm

34th Annual Walleye Weekend Registration Open

Dust off your reel, check your line and kick off the 2016 walleye season in the Iowa Great Lakes during the 34th Annual Great Walleye Weekend, May 7 and 8. This two-day fishing tournament witnesses close to 2,000 anglers converging upon the Iowa Great Lakes to see if they can catch one of the specially tagged walleye.

Cost of the tournament is $25 for entrants 16 and older, $15 for those 15 and younger and just $15 for the summer long Extended Contest to try your luck at catching those walleye that avoided anglers during the cost. The first walleye caught during the extended contest heads home with 20% of the proceeds generated from the tournament, the second 15% and the third 10%.

Walleye Weekend 2016 begins at 12:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 7 and concludes at 12 pm on Sunday, May 8 with an awards luncheon at the Dickinson County Expo Building in Spirit Lake. Free to those registered in the tournament, cost is just $5 for the general public.

What makes 2016 unique? Opposed to the normal 6-tagged walleye, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will be tagging 10. Almost twice the number of tagged walleye to snag the $34,000 grand prize commemorating the 34th anniversary of this tournament. Great Lakes Marine Sales & Service is also hosting a Kick Off Dinner & Seminar on Friday, May 6th, so please give this lakes area marina a call at 712-336-3822 to get involved in another fun (and food) filled aspect of the walleye opener!

In addition to the tagged walleye, there are also amazing prizes from sponsors Pure Fishing & Fisherman’s Factory Outlet for the heaviest stringer of 3 walleye, heaviest northern pike, heaviest stringer of 5 panfish and heaviest stringer of 10 bullhead. Well over $2,000 in prizes for the largest fish contests will be presented during the Sunday, May 8 awards luncheon at the Dickinson County Expo Building.

Registration forms are available online at http://www.okobojichamber.com, Fisherman’s Factory Outlet, Kabele’s Trading Post, Oh Shucks, Pioneer Beach, Stan’s Bait & Tackle and at the Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce office in Arnolds Park.

For more information regarding the 34th Annual Walleye Weekend, please visit http://www.okobojichamber.com or call 712-332-2107.

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March 22, 2016 at 3:13 pm

University of Okoboji Winter Games shared The Ritz's photo.

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Be sure to join us for our Easter Breakfast & Brunch Buffet this Sunday, March 27th. Proceeds will benefit the new Lakes Area Dog Park! Breakfast is served at 8:30 a.m. and brunch from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. We hope to see you all there to help support a good cause!

University of Okoboji Winter Games
March 22, 2016 at 3:13 pm

University of Okoboji Winter Games shared The Ritz's photo.

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Be sure to join us for our Easter Breakfast & Brunch Buffet this Sunday, March 27th. Proceeds will benefit the new Lakes Area Dog Park! Breakfast is served at 8:30 a.m. and brunch from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. We hope to see you all there to help support a good cause!

University of Okoboji Winter Games
Facebook IconMarch 22, 2016 at 1:36 pm

University of Okoboji Winter Games updated their cover photo.

Happy Birthday Max & Elli!

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Facebook IconMarch 21, 2016 at 2:40 pm

And we're officially ICE FREE! Oh yeah.

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Iowa Great Lakes Declared Ice Free...For Now

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It’s official: the ice has gone out of the Iowa Great Lakes. That word today from Kirk Ewen of Arnolds Park, who keeps track of the official dates of when the lakes freeze over and thaw each year.

University of Okoboji Winter Games
Facebook IconMarch 21, 2016 at 1:21 pm

Enter the 34th Annual Walleye Weekend May 7 & 8. 10 specially tagged walleye & a $34,000 grand prize if you happen to catch one. Enter online at http://www.okobojichamber.com!

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