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Busy weekend of events across central Wisconsin


Summer is winding down, but the events keep coming to central Wisconsin.

The Midwest freestyle championships brought out paddlers of all ages. Next to the national tournaments, the weekend event is one of the biggest kayak competitions in the Midwest.

Organizers say more than 70 competitors showed off their skills in Wausau.

"A lot of people from Wausau come down and try and learn more about freestyle kayaking and support us and cheer us on as we compete," said Ashley Knutson, Event Chair.

Just down the street from Whitewater Park, the Big Bull Falls Blues fest. Thousands packed Fern Island Park on Friday and Saturday, rocking out to blues music.

"If you never heard blue grass music it is fantastic," said Ken Cole. "I just come for that because it's the only time of the year I hear it."

But the blues festival wasn't the only noise maker in town, hundreds of motorcycle engines roared to life this weekend.

This was the first time Wausau has hosted the statewide H.O.G rally in 12 years. Organizers say it brings close to 2,000 people to the area.

"we beat out a lot of other cities and had help from the visitors and convention bureau," Tom Osowski, Rally Organizer. "It's kind of like winning an Olympic host city bid."

After the busy summer we've had here in central Wisconsin, hosting the Olympic games might not seem out of reach.

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