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Forest Grove inaugurates cornhole state championship

Bean bags to fly at new competition in Oregon


by: COURTESY PHOTO - Oregons first cornhole competition is coming to Forest Grove. The game is played by throwing bean bags toward targets on a board.People who thought they perfected the bean-bag toss in preschool haven’t heard about the American Cornhole Organization (ACO).

Lucky for them, the ACO is bringing Oregon's inaugural state cornhole championship to Forest Grove this Saturday, June 7, with help from the Washington County Visitors Association (WCVA).

When WCVA Sports Sales Manager Corey Kearsley tells people about the cornhole championship, “There’s two common reactions we get. People will say, ‘Get out, I love cornhole! I just bought boards three weeks ago!’ or ‘What are you talking about? What’s cornhole?’”

Cornhole is a more competitive version of the preschool bean-bag toss. It's played by two teams alternately tossing bags at boards 27 feet away. If a bag lands on the board, it’s called a “woody,” and earns one point. If it lands in the hole, it’s called a “cornhole,” and earns three points.

The first team to get 21 points wins. But cancellation scoring makes that tricky. The only points that count are those scored over and above what the other team scores each turn. If both teams score the same on a single round, none of those points count.

The ACO approached the WCVA about hosting the state championships in Forest Grove. Kearsley said that while he doesn’t expect to fill all the spots for the competition this year, he thinks cornhole will grow in popularity over the next three to five years.

Oregon is one of 20 states participating in the championship this weekend, which welcomes all skill levels. A maximum of 160 teams in both singles and doubles will compete for $1,275 in prize money as well as a golden ticket entry to the World’s Championship in Charleston, W. Va.

The championship will run from 8:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. this Saturday, June 7, at Pacific University's Stoller Center.

Friday, June 6, from 4 to 9 p.m., McMenamins Grand Lodge will host pre-festivities from, including free cornhole games, food and live music. While Friday’s activities are free, the Saturday tournament requires a $20 entrance fee which pays for a one-season membership in the ACO.

All equipment is provided at the tournament. Kearsley encourages family and friends to make a day of the event, wandering over to Maggie’s Buns or meandering through Lincoln Park between competitions.

“Anybody’s got as good a shot at winning as anybody else,” he said.




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