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Cornhole competitions rising
Game evolves from recreational to organized play
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David Thackham plays cornhole. Cornhole is a lawn game in which players take turns throwing bean or “corn-filled” bags at a raised platform or board with a hole in the raised end.

Peach State Cornhole
When: Fall leagues in Gwinnett launching week of Aug. 22
Where: Various locations, including Fridays at Sterling on the Lake in Flowery Branch
More info: 678-551-2107, gwinnettcornhole@gmail.com or www.peachstatecornhole.com

It’s a simple concept — throw a bean bag into a hole. Do so more than your opponent, and you win the game.

But this simple bean bag toss has risen in popularity across Georgia, and regional leagues now compete at cornhole.

Cornhole is a lawn game in which players take turns throwing bean or “corn-filled” bags at a raised platform or board with a hole in the raised end.

Successfully tossing a bag in the hole earns three points, while landing a bag on the platform scores one point. The winner is the first team or player to reach 21 points.

Peach State Cornhole’s Gwinnett Cornhole Leagues have registration open now for fall. The fall leagues, with locations in Buford, Cumming, Duluth, Flowery Branch, Jefferson and more, will begin the week of Aug. 22.

According to its website, Peach State Cornhole’s mission is to connect people through cornhole. Each league plays eight weeks of matches and playoffs. The top teams at each location are eligible to compete in a statewide tournament at the end of the season.

Players can compete Mondays at Gringo’s Mexican Grill in Jefferson, Thursdays at the city of Buford Community Center, Fridays at Sterling on the Lake in Flowery Branch and more locations throughout the week.

Sign up for a league by July 17 and save $20. More locations will be added as details are finalized.

Call 678-551-2107, email gwinnettcornhole@gmail.com or visit www.peachstatecornhole.com for more information.

For fans of the game who can’t commit to a league, several places in Hall County play recreationally. Wild Wings Cafe at 311 Jesse Jewell Parkway in Gainesville has sets of the boards and bean bags available for customers to use Monday nights.

Frances Meadows Aquatic Center at 1545 Community Way in Gainesville also has cornhole available, and Meghan Hill Modisette with the center said it is most popular for special events.

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