The showpiece of the Cornhusker State Games, the Opening Ceremonies features lively entertainment and Olympic-style pageantry. It begins Friday at 8 p.m. at Seacrest Field, 7600 A Street.
The spirit of the Games fills the air as thousands of athletes of all ages march onto Secreast Field in the Parade of Athletes. The Olympic-style Parade of Athletes allows participants from each sport to walk proudly around the stadium.
Entertainment for the night emceed by 10/11's Bridget Fargen, Chad Silber, Erika Tallan and Kevin Sjuts, includes a mascot obstacle challenge, skydivers, National Guard chopper fly-over, the Oath of Athletes, an appearance by Miss Nebraska USA Amy Spilker and a fireworks finale.
Headline entertainment includes a high-flying trampoline exhibition by the Skyriders, fresh off their nationwide tour of NCAA and NBA basketball half-time performances, and a mini-concert by the popular cover band D*Funk.
The 2012 Parade Marshal is recently retired teacher and wrestling coach from Kearney High School, Tom McCann.
Of course, the night would not be complete without the lighting of the caldron when the 2012 Mystery Torchlighter is revealed and the Cornhusker State Games begin. The 2011 Mystery Torchlighter was former Husker football great and current Philadelphia Eagles kicker, Alex Henery.
As the program concludes and the fireworks finale begins, it will be easy to see why the Cornhusker State Games is truly something special for all Nebraskans.
Admission for the Opening Ceremonies is FREE for registered athletes via the All-Star Pass (included in the athlete packet or team box). Athletes must present All-Star Passes for free admission. Children under the age of 6 are also admitted for no charge. Students (K–12) may enter for $3. Admission, including dinner, is $7 for all other guests.
National Anthem Contest: Minden native and Nebraska Wesleyan student, Laynee Woodward, was the winner of the second annual CSG National Anthem Contest. Laynee’s audition won the public vote by collecting the most “Likes” on the Cornhusker State Games Facebook page. Laynee will open the 2012 Opening Ceremonies with her beautiful rendetion of the Star Spangled Banner.