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Up North: 8th Annual Frozen Cornhole Tourney Draws Competitors Outside

Alicia Tipcke
Updated: January 15, 2020 10:43 PM

The combination of plywood and corn kernels makes up a classic pastime. It goes by many names, bags, bean bag toss and cornhole. It's typically played at a barbecues, family reunions or tailgates. 
 
"This is fun, it's some of the most fun you can have. We've been doing it four five years now. It's great, you get to throw with friends and stuff, come out and just enjoy having fun with people," said competitor Andy Pearson.

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However, the Other Place Bar and Grill took a unique twist on the popular game for Winterfest.

"We have our 8th annual frozen cornhole tournament," said Brandon Bieber, the house manager at the Other Place.

"They started this up because they wanted to do something unique. They thought, why not go outdoors when it's really cold," said J.D. Justice, an organizer for the event with Kat Country.

If you're from the Midwest, you've probably played a game of cornhole or two. If you've ever played outside, you'll notice things get a little tougher.

"I don't know how they do this. Let's just say when you live in the Northland you're pretty warm blooded," added Justice.

"We've played in colder, we've played in wetter conditions. So, it's a little chilly but it's not bad," said Pearson.

The rules of frozen cornhole are a bit different.
 
"So it's three points for in the hole, one point on the board. There's no cancellations in this tournament. You've got to get over 21 and win by two," explained Bieber.

If you have the skills to sink a few bags you could walk away a winner. Pearson explained that, "some people play for fifth place which is some trophies. First place gets choice of tickets to a concert in the cities. I heard Kenny Chesney [and] Jason Aldean.

64 spots were available in the tournament. Every year they encourage new teams to try their hand in the competition.

"It's always fun to come play, meet new people. You know, just meet people that's the big thing," said Pearson.  

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