LOVES PARK - There are crazy and dazzling displays at the 38th annual national water ski show tournament at Shorewood Park. Organizer Ward Baxter knows people will enjoy the show, "You'll be seeing things this weekend I'm sure you've never seen in the sport or show of skiing before. It's very difficult things, dangerous but we have a lot of safety measures in place.”
And the spectacles are going to bring lots of visitors to the Stateline. 8,400 people are expected to turn out to this three day event which will generate over $200,000 for local businesses. And it's no wonder why so many people come out. Angie Layng has been a longtime attendee: “It's just fun to hang out with people and be in the sun and experience it all.”
There's plenty to see-- from team competitions to doubles couples. It’s Cory Krivitz’s first time in the competition. “I like the competition--seeing the comradery between the other couples and pushing the sport."
And every year, the competitors’ acts get a little more extreme.
Ward Baxter explains, “It's a risky sport and they push it. This is nationals and they try to win!”
The event is hosted by Rockford's very own Ski Broncos. They take to the water Sunday afternoon.