Day 3 for Wisconsin's 48th Annual State Water Ski Tournament

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It's the 48th annual Wisconsin State Ski Tournament. For four days straight anywhere between 20,000 and 30,000 fans will come to South Wood County Park in Wisconsin Rapids to watch the world's largest water ski tournament.

Eric Gran and his teammates drive three hours from Milwaukee to compete every year. "This is about 175 miles to get here from my house," said Gran, "The whole team comes up, we wouldn't miss it. Everybody comes."

Competitors range in age from five to 77. In fact, Gran started water skiing at the early age of just 10-years-old, and he's been in the water ever since.

"It's really family oriented, so you generally start when you're pretty young," said Gran.

During the tournament, 24 teams will compete to see which team will be crowned 1st place show skiers. It takes a combination of speed and grace to take home top titles. Some performances can last as long as an hour, stunning the audience with every twist and turn.

Maggie Muleski, the tournament co-chair, said there's no reason people shouldn't come because admission is free.

"This event is funded by the concession stand," said Muleski, "The teams have to pay an entry fee because we have certain things that we have to provide in order to run the tournament."

The competition ends Sunday, and awards will be handed out after the last team performs.


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