This is the first year the games will be entirely run by the Wausau Visitors and Convention Bureau.
In October, the organization pay $15,000 for both the winter and summer games.
Blaming the delay, officials are cutting back this year.
There are only eight events and no opening ceremonies.
Officials say they're making the best of it and already planning for next year.
"We have eight events and seven sports this year, and we look to grow that significantly for next year, 2013, which will be the 25th anniversary of the winter games," says Darien Schaefer, Badger State Games executive director.
More than 1,200 athletes will perform in the games this weekend.
Figure skating starts Friday night, and skiing begins Saturday.