The Gaming Hoopla was started in 2005 with the Hoopla That We Shall Not Speak Of, attended by about 20 gamers, and has grown exponentially through the years to the event it is today. We quickly outgrew our first venue, Como Clubhouse in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. After several years at the Johnstown Community Center outside Janesville, Wisconsin, we have now outgrown that too. Attended by about 300 gamers, plus staff and volunteers, in 2014, the Gaming Hoopla decided it was time to make the move to a much venue.
Previously held twice a year, after moving into it's 10th year the Gaming Hoopla is now an annual event held at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Convention Center in Gurnee, Illinois. The event consists of open gaming with the MilCog (Milwaukee Company of Gamers) Games Library, scheduled gaming events, tournaments, Guests of Honor, the Best Raffle Ever, a Silent Auction, a Family Day, and more. Gaming Hoopla is a hit for both experienced gamers and those just getting into the hobby.
For more information about the Gaming Hoopla, visit our website at gaminghoopla.com.
The Bowl-a-Thon is an annual fundraiser that is held by the Knutson Family Relay for Life team. It is a 9-pin-tap tournament held every March. On average we have between 100-150 bowlers, Bowlers spend the day bowling, perusing the raffle table, buying 50/50 raffle tickets, dining on homemade lunch and desserts and enjoying the company of everyone around them. At the core the Bowl-a-Thon is a fundraiser but to everyone that attends it is a chance to remember and celebrate those who are surviving their battle with cancer and those who have lost their battle. Our Bowl-a-Thon is entering its 11 year. Each consecutive year has been bigger and better than the last! This past year we were able to raise over $4500 for the American Cancer Society.