Cornhusker State Games


Watch some video highlights of the Cornhusker State Games.

The 2012 Cornhusker State Games (CSG) held its 28th annual competition in Lincoln a couple of weeks ago. It’s a statewide amateur sports festival for all Nebraskans and was chosen to be a Nebraska Passport stop. We wanted to check out some of the sports and see why this festival is so popular. We couldn’t make it to the Opening Ceremonies but CSG shared some amazing photos from Friday night’s celebration.

(Photos) Erika Anschutz was the mystery torch lighter. She lit the cauldron with the flaming arrow. Opening Ceremony was held at Seacrest Field, 7600 A St. Photos courtesy: All-Star Sports Photography

Opening Ceremonies also featured skydivers, fireworks, a parade of athletes, a new sport demo, a trampoline acrobatics routine, and a concert by D*Funk.

(Left) D*Funk plays while fireworks go off at Opening Ceremonies. Photo courtesy: All-Sports Photography.

We headed out on the first Saturday of competition to check out some of the sports. We started at horseshoes where we interviewed Dave Mlnarik for the video I put together (above). Dave is the Execute Director of the Nebraska Sports Council. I used to interview Dave for 10/11′s morning show and we always had fun doing preview stories for the Games. It was fun to re-live old TV times. Dave told us that the CSG is great for families and individuals of all ages and that some people like to participate in sports that they don’t usually play. For instance, his kids competed in shore fishing that morning at Holmes Lake.

(Left) Horseshoe Pitching at University Place Courts. (Right) Dave Mlnarik posing with me.

Another highlight of checking out the Games was the waterskiing competition at Championship Lake Estates, near Yutan. At one point during the slalom they let me get in the boat with the video camera and that viewpoint was just awesome. You’ll have to watch the video above to see these supreme athletes fly through the course. Everyone was so nice and welcoming here, we really had the best time.

(Left) Riley Johnson of Lincoln and (Right) Sam Weber of Lincoln at Championship Lake Estates, near Yutan, Nebraska.

The final count was 11,639 participants coming from 80 Nebraska counties. More than 2,500 volunteers helped with the games.

Next year’s Games take place July 19-28, 2013. However, if you aren’t finished competing this summer, you can enter the popular and crazy Mud Run, August 25, at the Lancaster Events Center.  Register at NebraskaSportsCouncil.com.

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