World Championship of Cornhole brings ESPN2, competitive players to Knoxville

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Cornhole is typically played during tailgating season, but the World Championships of Cornhole X is going on at the Knoxville Convention Center this weekend.

It’s the 10th annual event sponsored by the American Cornhole Organization. About 300 of the top players in the country are competing for up to $10,000 in prize money.

SLIDESHOW: World Championships of Cornhole
SLIDESHOW: World Championships of Cornhole

“We’re here to win, but we try to have fun too,” Jordan Langworthy said. Players say corn-hole is a sport for all ages, but it’s also a serious competition. Players said they spend up to 20 hours a week practicing.

There are singles, doubles and various other categories to compete in. “The competition is great. There are more and more good players coming along, especially young players,” said Richard Stone.

“We decided to focus on making it a sport because we saw the competitive nature of people playing this game and how serious people did take it. We kind of took the two worlds blended it together and now we have competitive cornhole,” organizer Frank Geers said.

This is the first year the competition is in Knoxville.

“Knoxville is a great city there’s no doubt about that and we’ve enjoyed the facility a lot, enjoyed the good time with competitors and good services so we’re happy with our Knoxville experience,” Jim Frantz said.

The winner of the singles match will take home a $10,000 check. The finals will air LIVE Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon on ESPN2.

 

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