The biggest of three weekends of the Iowa Games begins Friday in Ames. Spokesman Cory Kennedy says more than 40 sports will be contested over the next three days with the track and field, soccer events being some of the largest.

Friday’s activities will be highlighted by a new-look athlete jamboree and opening ceremony. It will be on the east side of Jack Trice Stadium with games for kids and lots of other activities. The first 2,200 people will get a free meal and be asked to donate to the Iowa Food Bank.

Kennedy says the activites will begin with the parade of athletes and there will also be some country music.

Kennedy says the athlete jamboree and opening ceremonies are open to the public. He says there is something for everyone and they want the entire family to come out.