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People from all over Wisconsin will travel to Wausau to compete in everything from golf, track, soccer, and now even basketball for the Badger State Games.
This year, there are 16 different sporting events during the Badger State Games. The games have evolved from year to year, but organizers say this could be the biggest year yet. The games bring 1,000 people to the Wausau area. The next three weekends will benefit the local economy, too. For example, Aspirus YMCA is hosting a duathalon for the events.
"Most of all I find that this is a charity that truly does benefit our community, as well as our YMCA," said Shannon Wagman, a leader at the YMCA.
Alongside previous events held at the games, basketball is a new addition. Last year Newman Catholic Schools said it wouldn't host the famous Gus Macker anymore. That's why Badger State Games leaders added a three-on-three tournament this year.
"It's an indoor three-on-three," said Russ Bahr, operations manager of the Wausau Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. "Everything's going to be officiated, because Gus Macker wasn't officiated. Indoor will draw a different crowd than traditional Gus Macker will."
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