WAUSAU (WAOW) — The Badger State Winter Games kicks off the competition with an opening ceremony today at the Wausau Center. This is the first opening ceremony the games will host in nearly a decade.
The Badger State Winter Games is a winter centric competition that features classic events like Nordic Skiing and Ski Jump, but also features indoor competitions like Billiards and Cornhole.
The ceremony will feature comments from Wausau Mayor, Robert Mielke and Sports Authority’s Executive Director, Richard Barret. Guest commissioners and athletes from the original five winter sports will also be highlighted.
Headlining the event will be Noah of the Children’s Miracle Network Champion program, who will light the ceremonial torch.
Organizers say the impact of the Games on the city of Wausau goes beyond the 3 month period it takes place.
“The Badger State Winter and Summer Games, really opens up the eyes to the visitors in the area,” Event Director, Nick Ockwig says. “And the athletes, family, and friends that come and say, Wausau is pretty cool lets go back.”
The ceremony will also feature memorabilia collected from each of the past 30 Winter Games.
If you are interested in attending, it’s free of charge and will begin at 2 PM. The venue is inside the mall right next to LensCrafters.