Show-Me State Games draw thousands of visitors and $10 million to Columbia

6 months 3 weeks 6 days ago Saturday, July 21 2018 Jul 21, 2018 Saturday, July 21, 2018 1:15:00 PM CDT July 21, 2018 in News
By: Emma Claybrook, KOMU 8 Reporter, Amber Raub, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - The 2018 Show-Me State Games kick off Friday, bringing thousands of athletes, coaches and fans from around the state and the country.

Athletes can participate in more than 40 sports July 20-22 and July 27-29 at various locations in Columbia. 

"Out of 114 counties in Missouri, we have athletes come from 112, so it really is representative of the state. We have people coming from all four corners," marketing coordinator for the Show-Me State Games Emily Lorence said.

Megan McConachie with the Columbia Convention & Visitors Bureau said the games bring more than $10 million to the city of Columbia.

"There's a direct economic impact, which is such an important part of tourism. That plays a huge role," McConachie said. 

McConachie said you might want to plan a little extra time to get where you need to go this weekend. 

"Don't be surprised if the wait at your favorite restaurant is a little bit longer, and just be accommodating and welcoming to all of our visitors," she said. "Thankfully, Columbia is pretty well-versed in hosting large crowds."

Along with staying in Columbia hotels, visitors also eat in restaurants, shop in stores and fill up their cars with gas.

"This really affects local businesses, helps keep them strong and helps support local unemployment," she said. 

The games use facilities throughout the community including the Hearnes Center, the University of Missouri Recreation Center, Hickman High School and Cosmo Park. 

"The Show Me State Games’ mission is to promote health, fitness, family and fun, so those four areas we really emphasize. We want people to come out, take part and participate in a healthy activity," Lorence said. 

McConachie said Columbia is the perfect city to hold the games in because of many people who have active lifestyles. 

"Columbia is such an active community so this really aligns with that closely and with all our facilities, all our parks, this is really such a perfect place for the Show-Me State Games and we appreciate everything they bring to our community," McConachie said. 

The opening ceremonies for the games are at 7 p.m. on Friday at Mizzou Arena. Drew Lock, Sophie Cunningham, Rylee Pierce, Kevin Puryear and Miss Missouri will be there signing autographs.

Caitlyn Sass, a cheerleader for team Explosion, said Explosion is excited for the games.

"I'm expecting to see some really good teams. I know that it's going to be pretty intense," Sass said.

Spectators get into all of the events at the games both this weekend and next weekend for free. 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - Even with slick sidewalks and snowy roads, runners still showed up for Mizzou's Rockin' Against Multiple Sclerosis 5K... More >>
1 hour ago Saturday, February 16 2019 Feb 16, 2019 Saturday, February 16, 2019 2:54:00 PM CST February 16, 2019 in News
(CNN) -- Sixty-three more people have been infected with salmonella linked to raw turkey products in an outbreak that began... More >>
3 hours ago Saturday, February 16 2019 Feb 16, 2019 Saturday, February 16, 2019 12:27:00 PM CST February 16, 2019 in News
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has defrocked former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick after Vatican officials found him guilty of... More >>
8 hours ago Saturday, February 16 2019 Feb 16, 2019 Saturday, February 16, 2019 7:25:00 AM CST February 16, 2019 in News
SARCOXIE, Mo. (AP) — The Jasper County prosecutor on Thursday charged a 23-year-old English teacher at Sarcoxie High School with... More >>
18 hours ago Friday, February 15 2019 Feb 15, 2019 Friday, February 15, 2019 9:56:18 PM CST February 15, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Battle High School's Girls Wrestling team will make history by competing in the first high school girls state... More >>
19 hours ago Friday, February 15 2019 Feb 15, 2019 Friday, February 15, 2019 8:56:00 PM CST February 15, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The first snow system has come to an end and two more are on the way in less... More >>
19 hours ago Friday, February 15 2019 Feb 15, 2019 Friday, February 15, 2019 8:25:00 PM CST February 15, 2019 in Weather
COLUMBIA - Despite the treacherous conditions, some people have no choice but to drive in weather like Friday's. "My... More >>
21 hours ago Friday, February 15 2019 Feb 15, 2019 Friday, February 15, 2019 6:48:00 PM CST February 15, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — The Humane Society of Missouri rescued 21 dogs and 21 cats from a property in western Missouri Friday.... More >>
22 hours ago Friday, February 15 2019 Feb 15, 2019 Friday, February 15, 2019 5:42:00 PM CST February 15, 2019 in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Another winter blast hit Missouri Friday, causing multiple accidents, closing schools and leaving highway experts... More >>
1 day ago Friday, February 15 2019 Feb 15, 2019 Friday, February 15, 2019 4:03:00 PM CST February 15, 2019 in Top Stories
CALLAWAY COUNTY - A traffic stop for following too close led to troopers seizing oxycodone, THC wax, shatter, a product... More >>
1 day ago Friday, February 15 2019 Feb 15, 2019 Friday, February 15, 2019 3:04:00 PM CST February 15, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY — Ameren Missouri said several thousand jobs will be created as part of an effort to upgrade its... More >>
1 day ago Friday, February 15 2019 Feb 15, 2019 Friday, February 15, 2019 1:49:00 PM CST February 15, 2019 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA – The cold weather doesn't just affect road conditions, but fuel economy as well. According to the U.S Department... More >>
1 day ago Friday, February 15 2019 Feb 15, 2019 Friday, February 15, 2019 1:48:00 PM CST February 15, 2019 in News
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and border security (all times local): 2:33 p.m. President... More >>
1 day ago Friday, February 15 2019 Feb 15, 2019 Friday, February 15, 2019 1:43:00 PM CST February 15, 2019 in News
CAMDENTON (AP) — The parents of two suburban Kansas City victims of a Lake of the Ozarks boat crash have... More >>
1 day ago Friday, February 15 2019 Feb 15, 2019 Friday, February 15, 2019 1:14:00 PM CST February 15, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Agencies across mid-Missouri are responding to snowfall. Updates appear here in reverse chronological order, with the newest... More >>
1 day ago Friday, February 15 2019 Feb 15, 2019 Friday, February 15, 2019 12:20:00 PM CST February 15, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Attorneys for Sen. Josh Hawley asked a Cole County judge to quash a subpoena in connection with... More >>
1 day ago Friday, February 15 2019 Feb 15, 2019 Friday, February 15, 2019 11:32:00 AM CST February 15, 2019 in News
MEXICO, Mo. — The Mexico Public Safety Department responded to a fire at 1:19 a.m. Friday at the Hardee’s on... More >>
1 day ago Friday, February 15 2019 Feb 15, 2019 Friday, February 15, 2019 7:02:00 AM CST February 15, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Approaching winter weather may have an impact on the Missouri State High School Wrestling Championships. The championships... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, February 14 2019 Feb 14, 2019 Thursday, February 14, 2019 10:07:00 PM CST February 14, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 28°
5pm 33°
6pm 32°
7pm 31°
8pm 31°