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      Show-Me State Games celebrate 30th anniversary

      The 30th annual Show-Me State Games get underway in Columbia this weekend.

      Athletes from around the state will head to Columbia this weekend for the 30th annual Show-Me State Games.

      The event continues its summer schedule with more than 40 sporting events for all ages and ability levels.

      It begins Friday, July 18, and runs through the 20th, and is free and open to the public.

      The opening ceremonies begin at 7 p.m. at Mizzou Arena and will feature several athletes from the University of Missouri including Evan Boehm - football, Kentrell Brothers - football, Morgan Eye - women's basketball and Taylor Gadbois - softball.

      Missouri native and wrestler J'Den Cox, who won the NCAA National Championship as a freshman, will sing the national anthem.

      One competitor, Steve Schmidt, will attempt a Guinness Record for pulling nails with his teeth at the powerlifting event around 1:30 p.m. on Saturday at Lange Middle School.

      Athletes can still register for several sports on-site including triathlon, mini golf, wrestling, powerlifting and cycling.

      In 2013, more than 25 thousand people participated in the summer games.

      The torch run will begin at the State Capitol steps in Jefferson City at noon on Friday, and will continue in Columbia at Shelter Insurance at 3:45 p.m.

      The Show-Me State Games were established in 1985 as a non-profit program and are the largest state games in the nation.

      In addition to the summer games, the Show-Me State Games offers events throughout the year to promote health, fitness, family and fun.

      Please visit www.smsg.org to see the full schedule of sporting events.