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Cornhole tournament coming to Corn Palace in May

In this 2016 file photo, two bean bags sit on the board during the South Dakota State Cornhole tournament on Sunday at the Mitchell Activities Center in Mitchell. (Republic file photo)
Two bean bags sit on the board during the South Dakota State Cornhole tournament on Sunday at the Mitchell Activities Center in Mitchell. The two-day tournament started on Saturday with singles and ended on Sunday with the doubles tournament. (Eric Mayer/Republic)

Cornhole at the Corn Palace? You bet.

The American Cornhole Organization and the Corn Palace announced this week that there will be a competitive tournament on May 14-15 in Mitchell, with players playing for at least $3,500.

The event will be a major, points-earning event for the ACO’s 15th season, which builds toward regional, conference and national championships. The event will be open to professional cornhole players, as well as local enthusiasts who want to give it a try. As a major event, it will allow players to collect points toward their world standings total and purses of $2,000 for singles play and $1,500 for doubles play.

“We are very excited to bring an event of this caliber to the Corn Palace,” said Corn Palace Director Scott Schmidt in a statement. “I can’t think of a better venue in the world to host a Major ACO Cornhole Tournament than right here at the Corn Palace in Mitchell.”

The event will be open to the public with a number of varying competitions. Tentatively, action is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. on May 14 and continue with seniors, women, junior, and co-ed doubles action. World singles and world doubles competition will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

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The ACO was founded in 2005 for the sport also known as bags, or bean bags, and promotes both professional and recreational tournaments and leagues.

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