National Skydiving Competition kicks off in Rochelle

ROCHELLE, Ill. (WIFR) — The U.S. national skydiving championships are in the stateline for the first time. Rochelle’s skydive facility was chosen for the competition and the area will benefit from it.

More than 700 competitors are expected to be jumping out of planes in Rochelle with teams from 40 states and some from other countries.

The U.S. Parachute Association selected this facility for its largest national event based on its amenities and size. The Chicagoland Skydiving Center is expecting nearly 1500 guests to come through Rochelle. Organizers say this event will greatly benefit the local economy and show off the region.

“We knew that this was going to be an event that brought a lot of people to town so we’re filling the local hotels, people are spending money in restaurants, they’re buying gas at gas stations they buying groceries, you know these people are here for four to six days at a time for the most part, so it’s really great for the economy,” said director of marketing and events for the Chicagoland Skydiving Center Becky Johns.

The competition officially starts Wednesday and will run through the 18th. The winners of ten skydiving categories will be named national champions and will go on to represent the united states at the world meet next month in Australia.

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