Pierre, S.D—The Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting South Dakota’s first-ever cornhole tournament in Pierre on Saturday, June 19, 2010, during Oahe Days.
Cornhole, also known as bean bag toss, is a simple game of throwing a one-pound bag of corn into a six inch hole. The hole is cut into slanted boards placed 33 feet apart. Each team then tosses four bags, earning 1 point if the bag lands on the board and 3 points if the bag goes in the hole.
Teams can register online by visiting www.pierre.org. Currently the tournament is set for a 64 team bracket with double elimination. The entry fee for each two-person team is $50. Payout will be determined by the number of teams registered.
The tournament is the first in South Dakota sanctioned by the American Cornhole Association. The ACA was established by a small group of cornhole throwers from Cincinnati, Ohio, whose mission is to spread the game of cornhole to all fifty states and to establish a more standardized set of rules for the game.
“Cornhole has been a game played for years out at the campsite, in your backyard, or in the park,” said Tony Jockheck, Pierre Chamber of Commerce. “I am excited to finally organize a tournament where spectators can watch, cheer, and learn the rules and where teams stand to win a good cash prize.”
Oahe Days is an annual Pierre-area community celebration that features a variety of activities and entertainment. This includes art vendors, a mechanical bull, the annual Dakota Duck Boat Derby, a freestyle motocross exhibition, and free live music featuring Judd Hoos.
Contact the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce at 605-224-7361 for more information about South Dakota’s first cornhole tournament in Pierre, June 19, 2010. More information regarding Oahe Days is available at www.oahedays.com.