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Cornhusker State Games
July 20 - July 29
The Cornhusker State Games is a statewide amateur sports festival for all Nebraskans. The purpose of the Games is to provide top-quality amateur competition in a wide range of activities. The 2018 Games are scheduled for July 20-29 at more than 70 sites in Lincoln, Omaha and surrounding communities.
The first Cornhusker State Games in 1985 offered 19 sports and attracted 4,000 participants. In 2014, the Cornhusker State Games attracted 13,460 participants in more than 60 competitive and participation sports. Participants came from 78 counties; the oldest official participant was 87 years, the youngest was 9 months. The 2015 State Games of America, which replaced the 2015 Cornhusker State Games, attracted 15,244 participants from 47 different states, plus Washington D.C. The oldest official participant was 89 years and the youngest was 9 months.
Besides offering a wide range of competitions (from traditional Olympic sports such as Track & Field, Gymnastics and Swimming) Nebraskans’ competitive interests are served by less demanding events such as Horseshoe Pitching, Mallwalk and Chess.