Madison's loss looks to be the Fox Valley's gain. It's a big weekend for the Badger State Games, with events being held at locations around the Fox Valley.
"We have had anywhere between 8,000 and 10,000 people come down to Madison over the 24 years that it was in the Madison area," said Jessica Gammey, a spokesperson for the games. This is the debut season for the games in their Fox Valley venues, and Gammey said they're seeing an increase in the number of first time participants, thanks in large part to generous financial support given to the games.
Most of the events take place this weekend, including a cycling road race, soccer, and adult and youth track events. The games are expected to about eight hundred thousand dollars into the Fox Valley.