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Carrollton to host weekend HoleHeadz cornhole fest

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By Dave Taylor

The American Cornhole Organization will celebrate National Cornhole Day at the first annual HoldHeadz Fest, Friday and Saturday, June 26-27, at Point Park in Carrollton. HoldHeadz Fest is a weekend-long party of cornhole, music and fun for cornhole enthusiasts everywhere. Admission is free. There is an entry fee to play, however.

Acting as the governing body for American Cornhole, the ACO is transforming cornhole into a national sport. The organization is responsible for setting cornhole standards and ensuring the integrity of cornhole, according to the ACO web site, www.AmericanCornhole.org.

“They have several nationally ranked players coming to play,” said Rhonda Crutcher, of the Carrollton/Carroll County Tourism Office.

Friday night’s event will be a $1,000 guaranteed luck of the draw tournament paying $400 to the first place team, $300 to the second place team, $200 for third place and $100 for fourth place, according to Frank Geers, ACO founder and event marketer.

“Players can opt to play in only this tournament for a $20 entry fee per person,” Geers said, “or they can play in both the Friday and Saturday events for a $65 entry when purchased in advance of June 25 online at www.AmericanCornhole.com and $85 or less on the day of the event for walk-ups.”

The event will open at 6 p.m. Friday with open courts. Registration will be held for the Luck of the Draw and Doubles Madness from 6 to 8 p.m., after which teams will be drawn and brackets built. The tournament begins at 8:30 p.m. and continues until it is over.

“Pick up games and challenges will be going on throughout the night on the side as well,” Geers said.

Saturday’s event will be a $4,000 guaranteed Doubles Madness Tournament with the top eight teams winning $500 each. The day begins with open courts at 9 a.m., and registration from 10-11:30 a.m.

Carrollton Mayor Dwight Louden will read an official announcement proclaiming June 27 as “National Cornhole Day” in the city at 11:30 a.m., Geers said.

According to Geers, Saturday’s competition begins with Seven21 at noon. During this round a team’s total score will be used for seeding in the doubles tournament. A player’s individual score will be used to seed in the singles tournament.

The doubles tournament begins after the Seven21 round is completed and the doubles bracket is built. The best two of three winner advances in the tournament.

The singles tournament begins at 5 p.m., or after the Doubles Tournament is completed. Again, the best two of three winner advances.

At 7 p.m., AirMail Challenges begin. All players who are out of live tournament play will be on standby to pitch their AirMail Challenge. There will be as many as eight players pitching at any one time.

Space is limited to first-come, first served teams wishing to compete. All games will be played using official AFO Classic Series boards and bags.

Many participants will be camping on the grounds through Sunday morning, Geers said.

Persons interested in competing may wish to read the official ACO rules for cornhole play. Rules may be found at the web site cited above.