North Platte prepares to host USA State Gymnastics Meet

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - People spent all day Friday setting up gymnastics equipment at the Sandhills Convention Center for the 2018 USA State Gymnastics meet.

This is the first year North Platte has been awarded the bid to be the host city.

Dozens of volunteers began at 8 a.m. Friday taking out and setting up gymnastics equipment that was shipped in for the weekend gymnastics meet.

Chris Downing, President of the Parent Club for Legacy Dance and Gymnastics, said a lot of work has been put into getting the meet here.

"We have been working on this since march April. We found out we got the bid at the beginning of September and everything has all come together since the beginning of September," said Downing.

The North Platte gymnastics community said they are really excited to be the hosts.

Michelle McNulty, Manager of Legacy Dance and Gymnastics said, "It's a big deal, we spend a lot of time outside of North Platte because there is not a lot of stuff around here. We're pretty much the farthest west gym that runs USA Gymnastics so we are usually by ourselves and we head to Colorado a lot and Lincoln and Omaha a lot so this is a big deal for the girls competing from here and for us."

Over 300 girls will be coming to North Platte to compete in four events: floor, vault, bar and beam.

The gymnasts will be various ages and difficulties from areas in and around Omaha, Lincoln, North Platte and Grand Island ranging from five to 15 years old and levels two to five.

McNulty said the legacy girls have some nerves, but are looking forward to being the host town.

"I think they're nervous because it's home, it makes it a little more different a little more special for them so we were in the gym this week and they were a little nervous but I think they're ready to go," said McNulty.

The meet runs Saturday and Sunday and is $10 for adults and $5 for kids.