RACINE — Racine’s first-ever Belle City Bagapalooza Cornhole Tournament will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday on the Festival Hall grounds, 5 Fifth St. Presented by the Racine Founders Rotary Club, the public event is open to people of all ages, with no experience required.
Cornhole — also known as bean-bag toss or baggo — is a lawn game in which players take turns tossing beanbags toward a hole on a raised platform. Points are scored according to where the bag lands, up to a game total of 21 points.
Popular at tailgate parties and picnics, cornhole is easy to play and a fun activity that every member of the family can enjoy, according to Robert Henken, a member of the Founders Rotary Club and a local marketing and communications consultant. “A 12-year-old can be just as good at this game as a 40-year-old person,” Henken said.
Saturday’s event will include a double-elimination tournament for two-person adult teams, as well as a Kid Zone Camp Anokijig Classic tournament, with divisions for ages 13-16 and for ages 12 and younger. Grand prize for the adult tournament is $1,000, with second and third prizes of $500 and $250, respectively. The adult tournament will follow rules established by the American Cornhole Association (www.playcornhole.org).
All kids registered in the Kid Zone tournament will be entered in a team raffle to win a week at Camp Anokijig, the youth camp near Plymouth. Prizes for the winning kids’ teams include a family membership to the Racine Zoo, and a week at the zoo’s summer camp.
In addition to its tournament play, Bagapalooza will feature other games, activities and raffles. Food and beverages will be available for sale, and spectators are welcome to watch the tournaments for free.
“Anyone can come and spend the day, and have some fun,” said Chris Terry, a Founders Rotary member who works in sales at Carpetland USA Flooring Center.
The cost to enter a tournament is $40 per adult team and $10 per kids team ($5 if kids have a parent or grandparent playing). Advance registration is requested (at www.bellecitybagapalooza.com) and can also be done on Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m. Depending on the number of teams participating, Bagapalooza is expected to run throughout the afternoon.
Money raised by this event will help fund community programs of the Founders Rotary Club. The Racine club’s mission is to provide service to its local and international communities with a focus on youth, while promoting integrity and generosity through fun and active fellowship of community leaders. For more, check out Racine Founders Rotary Club on Facebook.
IF YOU GO
WHAT: Belle City Bagapalooza Cornhole Tournament
WHEN: 1 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Festival Hall grounds, 5 Fifth St.
COST: General admission is free. Cost to enter a tournament is $40 per adult team; $10 per kids team ($5 if kids have a parent or grandparent playing).
INFO: Registration can be done in advance at www.bellecitybagapalooza.com or at the door beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday.