Amazing Week to feature corn toss

Jonelle Spike will be coordinating the sixth annual Amazing Week Cornhole/Corn Toss Competition on Wednesday at Dr. Lively Park.

The tournament will begin at 6 p.m. Top three prizes are $200 first; $100 second; $50 third place. Registration is $5 per person. It will be a double elimination event.

The game may be called many things – Corn Toss, Bean Bag, Bean Toss, Soft Horseshoes, Indiana Horseshoes – but for people raised in Kentucky and the southern part of Ohio, the game is passionately referred to as Cornhole.

It has been said the game originated in Germany in the 14th century, and then was rediscovered in the hills of Kentucky over 100 years ago.

Cornhole or Corn Toss is similar to horseshoes except players use wooden boxes called cornhole platforms and corn bags instead of horseshoes and metal stakes. Contestants take turns pitching their corn bags at the cornhole platform until a contestant reaches the score of 21 points. A corn bag in the hole scores 3 points, while one on the platform scores 1 point.

Scoring can be swift and the lead may change hands several times in a match before the winner is decided.

The biggest reasons to play Cornhole or Corn Toss, instead of horseshoes or other similar games, is that Cornhole can be played anywhere and everyone can play Cornhole.

Cornhole can be played in driveways, parks, backyards, campgrounds, beaches and even in-doors.

The cost per contestant will be $5 per player. The competition will use the official rules of the American Cornhole