TOPEKA - The Sunflower State Games is pleased to announce that its 29th Annual mulit-sport festival will kick-off this weekend in Topeka. The event begins on Friday, July 13, with a total of 26 different competitions taking place this weekend at various venues in and around the Capital City. New events in 2018 include Boxing, Dodgeball, Muzzleloading, NASP Archery, Ultimate, and Weightlifting. For the second consecutive year, the Sunflower State Games will be hosting events at the Kansas Expocentre. On Saturday, July 14, participants in Wrestling, Boxing, Martial Arts, Jiu Jitsu, and Judo will call the Expocentre home. Landon Arena and Expo Hall will be transformed into a multi-sport venue with all five competitions taking place simultaneously.

All athletes, spectators, and the general public are invited to attend the Cauldron Fest from 7 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 14, at Lake Shawnee - Reynolds Lodge. Reigning Athlete of the Year recipients Kjrsten Abel Ruch and Chuck Remboldt will light the Sunflower State Games Cauldron to signify the official start of the 2018 event. The 5K/10K Road Race will follow the ceremony.

The event will resume July 20 - 22, with another 14 sports, highlighted by the Youth Basketball tournament, which will host approximately 100 teams from all four corners of the state. The 2018 Games wrap up July 27 - 29, with the final 14 competitions. Although registration is now closed for events taking place July 13 - 15, various sports will accept day of entries with a $5 late fee. The deadline to register for all sports taking place July 20 - 29, is Saturday, July 14. Please visit sunflowergames.com for a complete schedule of events and registration procedures.

In 2017, the Sunflower State Games hosted 7,222 participants from 397 communities. Organizers are expecting to host over 7,500 athletes in 2018. 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. For more information, please visit sunflowergames.com.