June 19--"American Idol" finalist Josh Gracin will headline the free Olympic Downtown Celebration on July 25.
A 90-minute performance by the country music singer will cap off the event, which marks both the opening of the Rocky Mountain State Games and the presence of the United States Olympic Committee in Colorado Springs.
"This is our way of recognizing and adding a little fun and entertainment to the families and the community and the USOC employees," said Mike Moran, spokesman for the Colorado Springs Sports Corp., which hosts the annual event that started in 2012.
The state games is a multisport festival for athletes of all ages and skill levels, including those with physical disabilities. About 9,000 athletes will compete in 42 sports at venues around the city on July 18-20 and July 25-27.
Figure skater Jason Brown, who won a bronze medal in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, will light the cauldron at the downtown event, signifying the opening of the state games. There also will be a beer garden, Denver Broncos appreciation celebration, Xpogo stunt team, a kids zone, vendors and more.
Gracin, a former member of the U.S. Marine Corps, finished fourth on the second season of the reality TV singing competition. He released his third album, "Redemption, " in 2011.
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