TOPEKA - The Sunflower State Games is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 28th annual multi-sport festival. The 2017 Sunflower State Games will take place July 14 through July 30 in Topeka at approximately 35 different venues. The 2017 games will feature over 45 different sports for all ages and skill levels. Event details and complete registration procedures can be found online at sunflowergames.com.

For the first time in the organization's 28 year history, the Sunflower State Games will be hosting events at the Kansas Expocentre in 2017. On Saturday, July 15, SSG will call the Kansas Expocentre home for participants in Wrestling, Powerlifting, Martial Arts, Jiu Jitsu and Judo. Landon Arena and Expo Hall will be transformed into a multi-sport venue with all five competitions taking place simultaneously.

"2017 is shaping up to be a big year for the Sunflower State Games" said Executive Director, Mitch Gross. "Not only are we striving to increase participation through the addition of new events, but it is our focus to provide a first class experience for our athletes so that they return year after year. Partnering with the Kansas Expocentre will go a long way in achieving our goals."

The Cauldron Fest will kick-off the 2017 Sunflower State Games on Saturday, July 15, at Lake Shawnee. The annual lighting of the cauldron will take place at 7:45 a.m., with a 5K/10K run set to take off at 8 a.m. Organizers are also looking for volunteers to assist with various duties for the duration of the games. Approximately 700 volunteers will be utilized in supporting roles. Additional volunteer information can be found at sunflowergames.com.

In 2016, the event hosted 7,101 participants from 369 communities. Organizers are hoping to host over 7,000 athletes for the ninth consecutive year in 2017. The Sunflower State Games is a non-profit organization based in Topeka. The Games are held annually in July and its purpose is to promote physical fitness and an active lifestyle for all Kansans through participation in sports.