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Sunshine State Games Clay County Festival Update

TALLAHASSEE – Sunshine State Games Clay County Festival Update

TALLAHASSEE – The 42nd Annual Sunshine State Games features three multi-sport Festivals between the weekends of May 28 and June 13.  The Clay County Festival presents four sports the weekend of Friday, June 11 through Sunday, June 13.

The 2021 Sunshine State Games is the first visit to Clay County in the history of the Games, dating back to 1980. The 2021 Clay County Festival hosts Canoe/Kayak Marathon, Disc Golf, Pickleball and Ultimate at three locations

Pickleball will be making its Sunshine State Games debut at the Clay County Festival, over three days at Ronnie Van Zant Park in Green Cove Springs.  Pickleball has been played in the Florida Senior Games since 2003 and this event will serve as a qualifier for the 2021 Florida Senior Games.

Disc Golf makes a return to the Games, June 11-13, also at Ronnie Van Zant Park, for a three-round tournament. The last time Disc Golf was contested in the Sunshine State Games was in 2016 at the Sarasota County Festival.

Ultimate will be held on Saturday, June 12 and Sunday, June 13 at the Plantation Sports Complex in Fleming Island. Canoe Kayak Marathon Races, 6 and 12 miles, will be held at the Middleburg Boat Ramp.
 
Visit www.sunshinestategames.com/all-sports-schedule for competition and registration information for the six sports with approaching registration deadlines.  Entry fees vary by sport.

Clay County Festival Registration Deadlines
Disc Golf Online Registration Deadline: Tuesday, June 8
Pickleball Online Registration Deadline: Friday, June 4
Ultimate Online Registration Deadline, Friday, June 4
Canoe/Kayak Online Registration Deadline, Friday, June 4 (Onsite Registration Available, Day of Event)

Clay County Festival Daily Schedule of Events
Friday, June 11

Pickleball (Men’s and Women’s Singles), Ronnie Van Zant Park, Green Cove Springs 8:00 a.m.
Disc Golf (Doubles play, 18 holes), Ronnie Van Zant Park, Green Cove Springs 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 12
Pickleball (Men’s and Women’s Douibles), Ronnie Van Zant Park, Green Cove Springs 8:00 a.m.
Disc Golf (Singles play. 18 holes), Ronnie Van Zant Park, Green Cove Springs 9:00 a.m.
Ultimate, Plantation Sports Complex, Fleming Island, 9:30 a.m.
Canoe/Kayak Marathon, Middleburg Boat Ramp, 9:30 a.m.

Sunday, June 13
Pickleball (Mixed Doubles), Ronnie Van Zant Park, Green Cove Springs 8:00 a.m.
Ultimate, Plantation Sports Complex, Fleming Island, 9:30 a.m.

Other Sunshine State Games Festivals
Polk County Festival
May 29-30

Sports Offered: Taekwondo @ RP Funding Center; Powerlifting @ Auburndale Community Center; Golf @ Cleveland Heights Golf Course (Qualifier for 2021 Florida Senior Games); Bowling @ Cypress Lanes, Winter Haven (Qualifier for 2021 Florida Senior Games)

Alachua County Festival
June 4-6

Sports Offered: Fencing @ Legacy Park Multi-Purpose Center, Alachua; Swimming @ Dwight H. Hunter Northeast Pool (Age Groups Only)

June 11-13
Sports Offered: Archery @ Easton Newberry Archery Center and Gator Bowmen (Qualifier for 2021 Florida Senior Games); Artistic Swimming @ Stephen C. O’Connell Center

Sunshine State Games Water Polo Championships
June 26-27
Coral Springs Aquatic Center

The Sunshine State Games, Florida’s only Olympic-style Sports Festival, is presented annually by the Florida Sports Foundation, the official sports promotion and development organization of the State of Florida. Dating back to 1980, the Sunshine State Games is the longest continually-running State Games program in the U.S.  The 2021 Games are presented in conjunction with Clay County Tourism and Airstream Ventures, the Gainesville Sports Commission, Florida’s Sports Coast and Polk County Sports Marketing. The Sunshine State Games is part of the state’s $57.4 billion sports industry that accounts for 580,000 jobs statewide.