GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Thousands of athletes filled Fifth Third Ballpark Friday night for the opening ceremonies of the Meijer State games.
6-thousand athletes of all ages are expected to compete in 34 different events this weekend in West Michigan.
The games include ultimate frisbee, softball and cricket.
But organizers say it's not just about who gets the gold medal.
Eric Engelbart says, "... our athletes' shirts, we got people walking around, it says "participation" and that's what it's about. Get registered, and get out, and life a healthy lifestyle, and look forward to competing in the Meijer State Games of Michigan."
All the events couldn't be held at Fifth-Third ballpark, so there are additional sites in Sparta and Kalamazoo.
Organizers tell us if you would like to participate Saturday, there's still time.