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Winter Iowa Games kicks off in Dubuque

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The Winter Iowa Games kicked off Saturday in Dubuque. This is the 22nd year Dubuque has hosted the Winter Iowa Games. The Winter Iowa Games travels to 15 different communities through four weekends during the winter months.

Cory Kennedy is the Winter Iowa Games marketing director.

"We are proud to call Dubuque our main weekend. This is our kick-off weekend and it's the community that has the most sports," Kennedy said Saturday morning.

Jack Edens traveled from Galena, Illinois with a group of table tennis players to participate in this year's table tennis competition. He said this is his 5th year competing in the Winter Iowa Games.

"You get a chance to see a lot of styles of how to play that you wouldn't normally see. When you practice you usually play a lot of the same people. So it's fun." Edens said.

The Winter Iowa Games had 13 different sports competitions in Dubuque for athletes to compete in this year. Cory Kennedy said this year, the Winter Iowa Games had 3,800 athletes pre-register to compete. He said this year more than 3,000 athletes will be competing in Dubuque.

Tyler Daugherty is the sports manager for the Dubuque Convention and Visitors Bureau. He estimates the event brings in roughly $1.5 million dollars to the community, along with tourism.

"If this event wasn't here, you would notice it," Daugherty said, "I think the community rallies around it, the restaurants, the gas stations, anything you can think of benefits from this."

The Winter Iowa Games continue in Dubuque Sunday when colder winter weather is expected. Kennedy said he still expects a large crowd at Sunday's competitions. But, he believes officials may have to cancel Sunday's outdoor event.

"We will be sure to make everybody aware of what events are happening and which ones may be canceled. But at this time nothing has been confirmed or canceled." Kennedy said.

The Winter Iowa Games will move to Cedar Rapids February 8th. For more information about the Winter Iowa Games, CLICK HERE.

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