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WHAT IS THE
ROCHESTER KIWANIS HOCKEY FESTIVAL?
Festival is a joint fund raising project between the four Kiwanis
clubs in Rochester MN. Our major tournament sponsor is
the Kiwanis Clubs of Rochester, however, we are always interested
and supportive of a local business or organization who wish to
support the hockey festival at the "Major Sponsor" level. Contact
the individuals listed below if your organization is interested in
supporting this great Rochester holiday event.
We are now into our 27th year of sponsoring the festival which is
held between Christmas and New Year’s. Twenty-four (24) teams from
Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin and Iowa participate in the
festival. The games are played at Rochester's Graham Arena Complex
in SE Rochester (directions and a map are included in the "Location
and Map" section on this website).
Besides great hockey play during the festival, there is
entertainment from local youth hockey, high school bands, and
members of the Rochester Figure Skating Club. There are local and
nationally recognized hockey personalities at many of the games and
of course there are the ever popular concessions.
It is all about the kids and the Rochester Community . . .
The 4 Rochester Area Kiwanis Clubs have been very accommodating to
the local and visiting hockey teams, coaches, parents and the fans.
The event is considered one of the premier tournament opportunities
for high school hockey. The festival has no required entry fees as
many other tournaments do, and the local Kiwanis organizations cover
all the expenses for ice rental, availability of medical services,
referees, announcers and scorekeepers.
In the past 26 years of sponsoring the Kiwanis Hockey Festival, we
have contributed over $680,000 to our local youth and community
projects. Local hockey facilities and Youth Hockey have also been
large benefactors! We have also made significant contributions to
important Kiwanis International World Service Projects.
In addition to the revenue raised from the festival, the Rochester
Chamber of Commerce has estimated that the economic impact to the
hotels, restaurants, theaters, gift shops and unique Rochester
attractions exceeds $200,000 each year.
A festival of this magnitude requires a significant amount of
planning and many willing workers. Our festival committee meets
monthly throughout the year to plan and organize the festival. Over
100 volunteers are required to support the festival during the three
day tournament. All together over 1800 volunteer hours are expended
through the year planning and executing this event.
The Kiwanis Hockey Festival is SE Minnesota’s premier high school
hockey tournament. We hope to see you there and would be pleased if
you could help us produce an even better Festival next year.
additional information E-Mail to Festival co-chair
Bill Kalmes, firstname.lastname@example.org