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Jam packed weekend for Wausau

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It's a busy weekend in North-Central Wisconsin. The next few days has everything from the Badger State games to bowling with turkeys. But this weekend means more than just a good time.

The jam packed weekend starts Friday night with archery. The Badger State Games are celebrating their 25th anniversary and athletes from all over will take their aim at winning.

Then on Saturday, bowlers will lace up at coral lanes, hoping to strike their way to gold.

But those aren't the only events going on this weekend. The Special Olympics will also be descending on Wausau and tourism leaders say that boosts the local economy.

"To have so many things for people to do when they're here on a weekend is a really great draw," Darien Schaeffer, Executive Director of the Wausau Convention and Visitors Bureau said.

Earlier this week, snow-shoeing and cross country skiing were canceled because of little snow. But event organizers say alpine skiing and snowboarding will go on at Granite Peak.

"When we have competitions like the Badger State Games and the Special Olympics, it's not just the athletes, it's the family and friends that travel with them," Schaefer said.

And event leaders say the three day holiday weekend will help as well.

"It's a really positive thing for the Wausau area and Wisconsin, that is positive for the hotel, families coming in and enjoying our facilities here," Kelly Clark from Ghidorzi Hotel Group said.

Another weekend event involves ice and a turkey. The annual Turkey Bowl will take place Saturday in Mosinee.

So with all that on the calendar, area leaders say the weekend will certainly help bring in a lot of money for the local economy.

"The economic impact really spreads between restaurants, hotels, gas, shopping," Schaefer said.

So whether it's bowling, archery, skiing or turkey bowling, this weekend is expected to be jam packed.

For a look at more information on all this weekend events check out these links below.

http://www.badgerstategames.org/

http://www.specialolympicswisconsin.org/

http://www.snowmobileeagleriver.com/

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