Let the games begin! Show-Me State Games kick off in Columbia

Athletes file in to Mizzou Arena for the opening ceremony.

Hundreds of athletes and families filled Mizzou Arena Friday evening to kick off the 29th annual Show-Me State Games.

Cheers answered calls for St. Louis, Kansas City, Joplin, Springfield, as well as Mid-Missouri.

Parents told KRCG they were excited for this year's games and hope their children see the value in friendly competition.

After festivities, including the presentation of a $5200 check to Ronald McDonald House, the Show-Me State Games torch arrived and Olympic gold medalist Jordyn Wieber lit the ceremonial flame.

The Show-Me State Games run through Sunday.

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