Zack Watring, a senior at Boonville High School, couldn’t have scripted his first experience in the Show-Me State Games any better.
While competing in powerlifting on Saturday, July 21st  in Columbia, Watring took first place in bench press with a lift of 225 pounds  and first place in dead lift with a lift of 450 pounds.
Of course Watring wasn’t the only lucky one during the first week of the Show-Me State Games.
Emily Lorenz, Media and Marketing Coordinator for the SMSG, said the first weekend of the GAMES was highlighted by mild weather, exciting competition, and an Opening Ceremonies complete with Mizzou Athletes Drew Lock, Sophie Cunningham, Kevin Puryear and Riley Sents.  The weekend’s events also included the Shelter Insurance Torch Run and Audrey Walton Youth Leadership Conference
The second weekend of the Show-Me State Games also started off nice with temperatures in the low to mid 80s. However on Sunday, Lorenz said several events were cancelled due to the rain.
The Show-Me State Games is a non-profit program of the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Health and is hosted by the University of Missouri.
The mission of the Show-Me State Games is simple: to provide all Missourians the opportunity to participate in activities of health, fitness, family and fun.
The Show-Me State Games is a statewide amateur sports festival that welcomes all Missourians regardless of age or ability. The purpose of the Games is to provide top-quality amateur competition in a wide range of activities.
The Show-Me State Games may have started small in 1984 with about 600 participants. However, the Games has now grown to be the largest state games in the nation! The 2017 Summer competition offered more than 40 sports and had more than 20,000 participants. Out of the 114 counties in Missouri, 112 had representation in the 2017 Games… a truly statewide event!
As the Games have continued to grow, it is now a year-round event. In addition to the summer games, the Show-Me State Games schedule includes two Hoopin’ It Up Basketball events, a MoNASP event, Crappie Fishing tournament, Shelter Insurance Torch Run, 3v3 soccer tournaments in both the fall and summer, the University of Missouri Children’s Hospital Pumpkin Fun Run, the Audrey Walton Youth Leadership Conference and several other events with the goal of promoting health, fitness, family and fun for all Missourians.