Make sure you get your game on this week because the 34th Annual Keystone State Games Festival is coming to the greater York area along with the 1st Annual America’s Finest Games event. Both events will take place beginning on July 29 and will conclude on Aug. 2.
The Keystone State Games Festival already has a reputation for being the largest amateur athletic festival in all of Pennsylvania. The premier debut of America’s Finest Games is a brand new sports festival for First Responders and is expected to grow into becoming a popular annual tradition as well.
The Keystone State Games are modeled after the Olympics. Designed as a way to provide amateur athletes with the opportunity to compete against one another in a festival atmosphere has made for a positive experience for many since the event’s 1981 inception. More than 400,000 participants have competed in the Keystone Games over the years.
This year’s competition will include a great wealth of sporting events on scheduled days. Some of the great sports you can expect to find include: FITA Archery, Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Basketball Shooting, Bocce, Bowling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Darts, Fencing, Field Hockey, Golf, Gymnastics, Horseshoes, Ice Hockey, Judo, Karate, Lacrosse, Masters Swimming, Pickleball, Powerlifting, Racquetball, Shuffleboard, Synchronized Swimming, Table Tennis, Tae Kwon Do, Tennis, Track and Field, Weightlifting, Wrestling, Wrestling Duals, 3D Archery, and Rugby. Times and dates for each sporting event are located on the main website below. The three winners in each of the aforementioned events will be awarded a gold, silver, or bronze medal.
All participating amateur athletes in Keystone State Summer Games and America’s Finest must meet certain eligibility requirements in order to compete. The Keystone Summer Games welcomes in competitors from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, New York, West Virginia, Ohio, and Washington, D.C. Exceptions are for the following sports: Baseball, Field Hockey, and Ice Hockey. For these sports, an athlete must be a full-time Pennsylvania resident within 30 days prior to the first day of tryouts or must be a full-time Pennsylvania student at a recognized academic institution in the region. For all sports, you must register at your appropriate age level division.
America’s Finest Games will be open to athletes from all 50 states. Participants will include First Responders such as retired EMS, Explosives, Fire, Hazmat, Law Enforcement, and Search and Rescue personnel. America’s Finest is open to such participants aged 18 and older. All other additional details on competition enrollment and registry are indicated on the main website.
Admission is just $10 a day for adults and students or $15 for a two day pass. You may also purchase an ALL event pass for a $20 charge. This will allow you entrance into any and all events that charge admission throughout the week including the EXPO. EXPO admission is free for all participants and is $8 for general admission. Children 5 years old and younger are free.
Souvenirs will be available through Fine Designs and can be purchased within each event’s own hospitality area or online here. For all other information on Keystone State Games and America’s Finest, click here. The schedule with available dates and times can be found here.