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It’s all in the bag: Inaugual Cornhole Classic tourney to be played in Steamboat on Saturday

The Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs will host a Cornhole Classic tournament and fundraiser at the Tennis Club of Steamboat Springs on Saturday.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Corn toss, bean bag, bean toss, soft horseshoes — it's been called many things. But in the Midwest, the revered yard game is most commonly known as cornhole.

On Saturday, the Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs will offer the inaugural Cornhole Classic tournament at the Tennis Center of Steamboat Springs for competitors who want to give the sport a toss.

Starting at 10:30 a.m., there will be a tournament for kids with the adult cornhole tournament beginning at noon. To sign up, competitors must register by contacting the Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs by 8 p.m. Wednesday.

"What we really like is that anyone can play," said Jody Corey, Rotary member and co-chair of the Cornhole Classic tournament. "There’s the inclusiveness of it."

The game involves two rectangular boards— 22 of which local artists painted and donated to the event— that are angled on a slant with a 6-inch hole in them. Competitors then try to toss their bean bags into the hole.

"We wanted to offer something new and unique," said Loretta Conway, Rotary Club member and Corey’s committee co-chair.

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The Cornhole Classic will serve as the nonprofit's biggest fundraiser of the year, replacing the club’s longstanding Rotary Golf Classic.

The new event will feature a barbeque, refreshments and live entertainment, and winners of the tournament will have a chance to compete at the American Cornhole League's National Cornhole Championships in North Carolina this summer with airfare, lodging and entry fee paid for.

To win, teams of two must take turns tossing 6-inch by 6-inch bean bags into the holes on the boards. The contestants much reach a score of 21 points. When a bag lands in the hole, the team earns three points. If it lands on the platform, one point is collected.

If competitors lose one round, there is one consolation round.

Easy enough, right?

Tony Counts, Rotary member, cornhole enthusiast and emcee for the event, said anyone can play the game regardless of athletic ability.

"When it comes to strategies, I suggest distraction, counterweights and a really good partner," Counts said. "In other words, wear a wild costume or jersey to distract your opponent."

For the toss, he said, "Throw it the best way you can — overhand, side-arm or the conventional under-hand toss, or maybe one foot in front of the other, or even side by side — any of those would work too," he said.

"For competitive cornhole players, focus, tune out the crowd and dial in on a high level of consistency," Counts added.

The cost to register for the tournament is $60 for a two-person adult team, and $30 for a kids team.

Tournament proceeds benefit grant recipients of local charities and Rotary Club community activities. Call the Tennis Center at 970-879-8400 or visit steamboatrotary.com to register a team.

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If you go:

What: Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs’ Cornhole Classic tournament and fundraiser

When: 10:30 a.m. for kids tournament, noon for adult tournament Saturday, May 19

Where: Tennis Center of Steamboat Springs, 2500 Pine Grove Road

Cost: $60 for a two-person adult team and $30 for a kids team.

How it works:

Two rectangular boards, which are angled on a slant and have one hole, are separated 27 feet apart.

The surface should allow 6-inch by 6-inch bags to slide when thrown but not too slippery that the bags slide off.

Teams of two take turns tossing bean bags across the room, trying to get them in the hole for three points or simply on the board for one point.

The first team to 21 points captures a round.