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Siouxlanders flock to Okoboji winter games

ARNOLDS PARK, Iowa (KTIV) - The broom ball tradition is alive and well at the University of Okoboji winter games. The mostly lighthearted and occasionally hard-hitting action was just the first round of games in a spirited tournament that helped kick off Okoboji's 34th annual tournament.

"It was really fun," said Brian Hengeveld. "It's a little cold, my knees hurt a little bit from being goalie."

Broomball wasn't the only option available. With countless activities going on throughout town, participants could take a shot at anything they wanted to try.

A little farther south on West Lake Okoboji, the games hit the perfect pitch with some cold weather softball. One team, Where's the Salt, came all the way from Sioux City and featured a distinctly Bishop Heelan flair.

"My parents this year asked if we wanted to be on the team and take over for them, so we decided to come out and play some softball today," said Nick Redmond.

Over in Milford, parents and children alike had a chance to escape the cold and have some indoor fun at the Kid's Carnival at Boji Bay Fun House Pavilion. The carnival featured games, prizes and, of course, the sweets.

"The cotton candy is pretty good," said Kyle Reuter. "It's the winter games, and we thought it'd be fun to get out of the house."

Back at the Parks Marina in Okoboji the kids bowled and flew kites while the adults took to the frozen tundra for some flag football. And while these athletes are far from Olympians, the winter games in Okoboji were less about competition and more about camaraderie.

"It really spans from kids all the way to adults and seniors in that there's something for everybody, and it keeps getting bigger and better every year."

Which makes these games about more than just winning or losing.
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