Badger State Games Events Come to Marshfield

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RiverEdge Golf Course to Host Snowshoe and Cornhole Championships

By Molly Schecklman – Winter is in full swing in Wisconsin, and that means the Badger State Games are quickly approaching. With most of the events for the games being held in Wausau, Marshfield is home to the annual snowshoeing event and now the inaugural cornhole bag toss.

“Marshfield benefits by hosting the Snowshoe Championships and the new Winter Cornhole Championships in attracting visitors to the Marshfield area that would likely otherwise not visit us,” said Matt McLean, Director of the Marshfield Convention and Visitors Bureau.

“These visitors will spend money in our community and may stay overnight in our hotels and eat in our restaurants and shop in retail. Marshfield events are advertised to over 7,000 athletes involved in all Badger State Games events and included in a large statewide marketing campaign making hundreds of thousands of marketing impressions.”

In the past, there have been anywhere from 40 to 100 participants in the snowshoe race. With this being the inaugural year for the cornhole tournament, the event hopes to attract 20-30 (doubles) teams.

Both events take place at RiverEdge Golf Course and Banquet Facility just outside of Marshfield. The course for the snowshoe race is laid out on the golf course and the cornhole tournament will take place in the banquet facility. Spectators are welcome for both events, however the course for the snowshoe race is large and the temperatures are usually quite cold. A warming area will be available to watch part of the course with food and beverages also available.

“Participants can always expect a good time at the event as the races are professionally operated and the tournament are managed by local professionals in the sporting fields. Attendees can enjoy watching and cheering on the participants or friends and family in a nice environment with great food and drink and multiple activities going on to check out and learn about these great sports,” said McLean.

Winterfest runs in conjunction with the Badger State Games which allows for an evening of live music after the events.

The Badger State Games are on Saturday, February 24. The cost to register is $25 online until February 20 and $30 online or onsite after February 20. Registration for the event begins at 11:30 a.m. The free, youth 400-Meter Race begins at 12:00 p.m. and the Snow Shoe Race (5K and 10K) begins at 1:00 p.m. Included in your registration is a free beverage of choice: Beer (21 years and older), soda, hot chocolate, and hot apple cider. Rentals are available onsite for only $20.00. The divisions for the event are as follows:

DIVISIONS
 (Age determined as of first date of event)
AGE BRACKETS
Men & Women (1st, 2nd, 3rd in all divisions)
18 & Under
19-30
31-40
41-50
51-60
61+

“Marshfield is proud to host these events and the more participants and spectators the more we can grow winter sporting activities in the area for fun things for locals to do and attract more visitors to town to enjoy the season,” said McLean.

More information can be found at http://badgerstategames.org/  or www.visitmarshfield.com or on Facebook.