Show-Me State Games set to begin Friday

Friday, July 16, 2010 | 12:01 a.m. CDT; updated 11:29 a.m. CDT, Friday, July 16, 2010

COLUMBIA — The opening ceremonies for this summer's Show-Me State Games take place Friday night in Columbia. But this year, the games, an Olympic-style sports festival that offers competition in more than 40 sports in multiple age groups and skill levels, is adding a new feature.

The Show-Me State Games Village is modeled after the Olympic Village and will feature live entertainment, food vendors, autograph signings from MU athletes, bounce houses for children and other family activities.

“It’s meant to be a fun thing to do on the weekends for athletes and their families, along with the community,” said Emily Lorenz, marketing coordinator for the Show-Me State Games.

The village, located in the Hearnes Center parking lot, will be open from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The opening ceremonies for the games will take place at 7 p.m. Friday at Hearnes Center. The doors open at 6 p.m. The ceremonies will feature traditions such as the parade of athletes and the torch lighting, and for the first time will feature live entertainment with Country rock singer Candy Coburn, a Missouri native and 1998 MU graduate, set to perform at the event.

Admittance to both the Show-Me State Games' opening ceremonies and village is free of charge and open to the public.

After this weekend's events, this year's Show-Me State Games continue on July 23, 24 and 25. The Show-Me State Games of the Midwest and the Missouri State Senior Games took place last month in Columbia.

Established in 1985, the Show-Me State Games is a non-profit program of the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness & Health and is hosted by MU.

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