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Summer Games hosting Opening Ceremony

June 21, 2018
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Meijer State Games of Michigan Summer Games Opening Ceremony baseball
Courtesy West Michigan Sports Commission/John Rothwell

The Opening Ceremony for an Olympic-style event in West Michigan is tomorrow.

The ceremony to mark the beginning of the 2018 Meijer State Games of Michigan Summer Games will be at East Kentwood High School's Falcon Stadium at 7:30 p.m.

The ceremony will begin with a parade of athletes and the singing of the national anthem, which will be done by a national contest winner, Macy Krupiczewicz.

During the ceremony, skydivers will be dropping into the football stadium, depending on the weather, and Classic K-9 will be putting on a show.

Olympians Gary Morgan, Bill Smoke, Jim Slater, Mark Beaufait and Kevin Miller will be present for the ceremony. Mrs. Michigan America, the 2018 Athlete of the Year winners, Volunteer of the Year winner and Justin Caine will also be in attendance.

The ceremony will come to a conclusion with Michigan State University alum Jim Slater lighting a cauldron to signify the official start of the Meijer State Games of Michigan Summer Games.

Slater is a hockey player and earned a seventh-place finish at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics. He has placed seventh in two World Championships. While at MSU, he became the first player to record 40 or more points in three straight seasons.

Before the Opening Ceremony begins, the Athlete Village, presented by Funny Business Agency, will be opened to the athletes at 4:30 p.m. in the Falcon Pride parking lot at East Kentwood High School.

Mascots will also be on hand to mingle with the athletes. “Buckets” from the Grand Rapids Drive, “Pounce” from Davenport University, “Louie” of the Grand Valley State University and “Felix” from the West Michigan Sports Commission, the producer of the Summer Games, will make an appearance.

Subway will be on site handing out samples for athletes, volunteers and guests while supplies last.

There is an entrance fee to attend the Opening Ceremony. There is a $10 charge for adults 18 and older and $5 charge for students between the ages of 6 and 10. There is no fee for children under 5, athletes and coaches. There will be a $5 parking fee.

More details on the ceremony are online.

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