Opening Ceremony will Kick off Games

The 37th annual Show-Me State Games are right around the corner, and they will be kicked off with the Opening Ceremony! This year’s Opening Ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 16th in Mizzou Arena. The event is free and open to the public and will be filled with lots of fun entertainment!

How to participate

The Opening Ceremony will feature the Parade of Athletes, where each athlete will have the opportunity to represent their sport. Athletes should report to the Press Entrance of Mizzou Arena by 6:30 p.m. Look for the volunteers in blue t-shirts, they will help you find the correct place to line up.

Olympic Traditions

The annual torch run and lighting of the cauldron are two traditions of the Show-Me State Games Opening Ceremony that are similar to the actual Olympics’ Opening Ceremony. The Show-Me State Games’ torch is lit and run through various cities across Missouri, much like the Olympic torch is paraded through the host country. This year the Shelter Insurance Torch Run stopped in Springfield, Kansas City, St. Joe, Cape Girardeau, St. Louis, and St. Charles. In previous years the Show-Me State Games has had numerous different Olympians and prominent figures light the cauldron at the conclusion of the torch run.

The Opening Ceremony is an event you don’t want to miss! Stay tuned for additional details about special guests in attendance!

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