A game -- said to have originated in Germany in the 14th century and then “rediscovered” in Kentucky 100 years ago -- is serving as a fundraiser for Ohio Gov. Ted. Strickland. Though the governor said he’s “not terribly good” at cornhole, “I’ll show up” at some of the nine schedule tournament sites his campaign has planned beginning next month.
A game -- said to have originated in Germany in the 14th century and then “rediscovered” in Kentucky 100 years ago -- is serving as a fundraiser for Ohio Gov. Ted. Strickland.
Though the governor said he’s “not terribly good” at cornhole, “I’ll show up” at some of the nine schedule tournament sites his campaign has planned beginning next month.
“If there’s betting going on, I wouldn’t bet on me,” Strickland said.
The governor said the games will be played by official rules, but he’s not asking that the tournament be sanctioned by either the American Cornhole Association or the American Cornhole Organization, both of which take the game very seriously.
The tournament ends with finalists playing for a “state championship” at the governor’s birthday party in Lucasville on Sept. 20. The winner receives a trophy while regional champs go home with a custom-made cornhole set.
The South Central Ohio District Council of Carpenters is constructing 20 official cornhole sets for the tour. The sets will be painted bright yellow with the tour’s official logo -- an image of Strickland with a couple large ears of corn.
Keith Dailey, the governor’s spokesman, said he wants to go home with one of those custom-made sets, even though he already has one that he got as a favor for being a member of a friend’s wedding party.
“I’m not bad,” he said, “but not particularly good either.”
The entry fees are $50 for single play and $100 for doubles.
The Ohio Corn Growers Association and the Wholesale Beer and Wine Association are the tour’s official sponsors, according to Alex Goepfert, a spokesman for the Ohio Democratic Party.
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Strickland’s Cornhole fundraisers
Here are the locations and dates for the governor’s Cornhole Tournaments:
- July 12, Columbus, 11 a.m., Smith Farms, 3285 Watkins Road.
- July 19, Nashport, 1 p.m., I.B.E.W. Local 1105, 5805 Frazeysburg Road.
- July 26, Portsmouth, noon, Portsmouth Shriner’s Club, U.S. 52 West.
- July 27, Athens, noon, Dairy Barn Cultural Arts Center, 8000 Dairy Lane.
- Aug. 3, Huber Heights, noon, Thomas Cloud Park, 4707 Brandt Pike.
- Aug. 9, Rossford, 10 a.m., I.B.E.W. Local 8, 727 Lime City Road.
- Aug. 16, North Canton, noon, St. George’s Center, 4667 Apple Grove St. NW.
- Aug. 16, Lordstown, 2 p.m., U.A.W. Local 1714, 2121 Salt Springs Road.
- Sept. 6, Cincinnati, noon, location to be announced.
How to play
Participants pitch corn-filled bags toward a hole in one of two slanted platforms placed 27 feet apart. Any bag that drops into the hole scores three points. Those that land on the platform earn one point. Points can be canceled out if opponents score on the same shots. Typically, the first person or team to reach 21 wins.
Find out more about cornhole by visiting these Web sites: www.americancornhole.org, www.playcornhole.org, www.ohiocornhole.com