If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, consider checking out the U of O Winter Games- a long standing tradition in the Iowa Great Lakes area enjoyed by locals and tourists alike.
This weekend, people of all ages have an opportunity to participate in indoor and outdoor activities throughout the area including ice skating, sledding, human dogsled racing, broomball, snow pong, bowling, flag football, zip lining, horse drawn carriage rides, kids pony rides, helicopter rides, bingo, painting, beer and wine tasting, and more.
The popular Polar Plunge event always draws a lot of attention as bystanders watch individuals plunge into a hole in the lake into freezing, ice cold water! Jumpers pay a $20 registration fee, with the proceeds going to benefit the Arnolds Park/Okoboji Fire and Rescue whose volunteers are available at the Plunge to assist jumpers.
Live music and a variety of eating events such as the annual Chili Cook-Off will be offered at different times throughout the weekend by local businesses.
If you want to keep the kids indoors or just need to warm them up, a free children’s carnival will be held Saturday offering carnival games, inflatables, and face painting.
An event for everyone, and one not to miss, is the “Burning of the Greens and Fireworks Extravaganza” to be held Saturday night, where an abundance of discarded Christmas trees and greenery will be set ablaze with torches.
Enjoy all of the community fun, but use safety on the ice, staying clear of potentially dangerous areas such as near open water.
View the complete 2019 U of O Winter Games event schedule here