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Huntsman Games: Fun For All Ages

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The Huntsman World Senior Games are right around the corner (October 6 – October 18) and as a community, we welcome seniors from all over the world to enjoy our little slice of heaven here in Southern Utah.

The Senior Games have been part of our community since 1987 and have grown in popularity over the years. There are now over 10,000 participants each year and our volunteer force of over 2500 people supports these athletes as they compete.

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As soon as you turn 50, you are eligible to compete in the games. Many of these competitors bring serious game to the competition. A few years ago, I listened to some teenagers talking about watching the badminton competition that was being played at their school. Those teenagers were amazed at how fast and furious the games that they watched were. When you can impress a bunch of teenagers with your badminton skills, you’ve accomplished the near impossible.

Registration for the 2014 games is now closed but you can still enjoy being a part of the games whether you are post-50 or pre-50. You can simply watch the athletes compete and cheer them forward (click for game schedule). There are still oppportunities to volunteer. You may also enjoy the opening ceremonies or the free concert that is offered. They are open to all, not just the athletes, and it is fun to enjoy the energy that all of the athletes bring to the games.

The opening ceremonies are October 7, 7:00 p.m. at Dixie State University’s Hansen Stadium. They are FREE and everyone is invited. This year NBA great, Thurl Bailey, is the featured guest speaker. He is a fantastic speaker and would be worth your time to listen to.

The Concert and Celebration is October 14, 7:00 p.m. at Dixie State University’s Burns Arena. This concert is also FREE and open to anyone. This year attendees will enjoy a journey back through the 70’s with Jim Witter’s Piano Men.

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