New Festival for the Show-Me State Games
It was 95 degrees. But the heat did not keep people from the new Show-Me STATE GAMES Village.
Located in front of of the Games' registration area on the east side of the Hearnes Center, Show-Me State Village opened Friday afternoon. John Metz of Columbia came with his children. Metz gave a try to the fishing game in the Entertainment Edge. He was impressed with the family-oriented event.
"It is a good opportunity for families, especially those with kids," he said. "People in the community should take the opportunity to enjoy such a good event."
Though under the framework of Show-Me STATE GAMES, the new STATE GAMES Village is not a sporting event. Instead. it is a festival atmosphere for athletes, coaches, their families and the community during the Games' opening weekend.
"This is the 25th anniversary of the Games, and we decide we really need something new, and that's the Village," said Emily Lorenz, Marketing Coordinator for the Show-Me STATE GAMES. "Everyone can come to it."
Modeled after the Olympic Village, the Show-Me STATE GAMES Village includes four main areas -- Food Fair, Entertainment Edge, Activity Alley and Mobile Marketing Main Street designed to provide entertainment, activities, food and fun for all ages.
The event offers volunteers a platform to serve the community as well. Thirteen-year-old volunteer Melissa Johnson was busy giving free gifts to the visitors. "I think this is a good way to give back to our community and serve the people," Johnson said.
"The village comes from the efforts of our volunteers and sponsors. We are really grateful to that." Lorenz said.