OSCEOLA COUNTY — Local Special Olympics athletes had an award-winning weekend when they attended the State Fall Games.

Nearly 1,700 Special Olympics Michigan athletes took part in the fourth annual Special Olympics Michigan State Fall Games held in Southeast Michigan. Area 5 Special Olympics, which is made up of athletes from Mecosta and Osceola counties, took 21 athletes, coaches and chaperones to the games from Sept. 29 to Oct. 1.

Area 5 athletes competed in the golf competitions and came home with eight gold medals, two silver medals and three bronze medals for their skills and 9-hole competitions, said Pat Rosales, Special Olympics Area 5 director.

"A great time was had by all of our athletes, coaches and chaperones and we are looking forward to our next competition events," Rosales said.

During the fall games, Amanda Weller, an athlete representative for the Area 5 Management Team and a Global Messenger for Special Olympics, also co-hosted the event Closing Ceremonies with Special Olympics Michigan Public Relations Director Aaron Mills.

Area 5 Special Olympic athletes are currently practicing floor hockey and will compete on Oct. 28 in the Southwest Regional Tournament at Newaygo High School and on Nov. 11 and 12 at the 2017 State Finals at Lansing Eastern High School.