ROCKFORD, Ill.—The Ski Broncs local water ski show team hosted the 2013 National Show Ski Association (NSSA) Division 1 National Water Ski Show Tournament in Loves Park in August, drawing an estimated 8,400 visitors, fans, competitors and judges to the area.
The event also generated an estimated $200,000 for local retailers, restaurants and hotels over the three-day period.
Show skiing combines elements of all water ski disciplines and typically features several acts choreographed to music and built around a theme that tells a story. In competitive show skiing, each club has one hour to present a theatrical performance on water skis. Judges score the acts by awarding points based on originality, presentation and execution.
“Much like the art of water ski shows, Rockford is always pleased to feature our award-winning parks and recreational facilities. We look forward to continuing our tradition of first-class hospitality and trust that visitors will be as impressed with the city as they are with the showmanship of the competition,” said John Groh, president and CEO of the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.