CHARLESTON, W.Va. — It’s not a game, it’s way of life. More than 350 competitive cornhole players from around the country are in Charleston this week for the 9th annual American Cornhole Organization’s World Championship.

ACO President Frank Geers says just a decade ago the sport didn’t exist.

“When I got involved with the game nine years ago, it was just that, a backyard thing that people would play at a BBQ or a church festival. I looked at it and I said, ‘This could be a competition! This is competition! People are competitive with this! Why isn’t anybody organizing it as a competitive sport?’ That’s where (the ACO) comes into play. We have now taken this backyard game and decided to organize it as a competitive sport,” explained Geers.

Just how competitive? Geers said the players have sponsors, spend thousands of dollars traveling to the championship and play to win.

“It’s a tournament now that has all these diehards that come out and compete against each other. These are the best cornhole players in the world having a great time eating, drinking and partying together as well,” Geers said. “But they take it very seriously, very seriously!”

The preliminary match-ups are underway. The finals will be held this weekend. Geers said some prestigious titles are on the line.

“The King of Cornhole is the title that crowns the number one player in the world and on the planet. And we have the Queen of Cornhole, the title claimed by the best female player.”

However, Geers explained a Queen can become a King if the champ is a woman. Geers said they have several women who are just as competitive as the men. They’ll also crown champs in doubles and the senior division.

Geers said the championship will only continue to grow. This year they have competitors representing 17 states and the game continues to gain popularity in the south and even out west. Teams from the Netherlands and Australia have already signed up to participate in next year’s championship, taking it world-wide.

For more on the championships, log on to americancornhole.com.

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Comments

  • Uncivilized

    These people are drunk uncivilized rednecks, please never invite these ingrates back to this.town.again. My wife.and.I were exposed to vulgarity and profanity the likes of which I.never was exposed to.even in the USMC. Urinating in the bushes, puking in the streets, arguing. We even witnessed one woman defecating between two.cars downtown. I'm sure there were good wholesome people who came to Charleston to compete. However when such a.large group are seen behaving as such it casts a bad light on all involved. And yes the people we witnessed doing these things were wearing Cornhole themed clothing.

  • John

    This will fit right in with road kill and the rest of the things that other states laugh at West Virginia for.
    Corn Hole may be in other states, but we will be the ones that are made fun of, mark it down. I guess that we will never learn.

  • Alex C

    Go Virginia Beach Cornhole.

  • Roger

    Say What? I guess I'm from the old school! For God's sake, find a different name for this game. I sure has a different meaning to what I was always used to....

  • rich r

    cornhole 2.0

  • rich r

    And I thought this a bad joke! Just one more event for danny jones to be proud of, rednecks throwing corn bags. Not horse shoes for dummies, it horse shoes for danny. Please tell me we did not solicit this event! Oh well the do spend money?

  • any major dude

    An object in your hand, and a hole to toss it into! That's about as basic as you can get, folks! Doesn't take strength or quickness, vertical leap or speed! Just practice!

    • what?

      Sorry to say there is more to it as in the pro division you play with double sided bags. A slick side for fast bag and a side for grabbing the board to play defense protecting the hole.
      For the regular backyard person you're right.

  • thornton

    Horseshoes For Dummies

  • wv4evah

    Worst name ever

    • jaybo83

      I agree. Where I'm from, cornhole has an entirely different meaning. Just sayin....

    • Shadow

      I think this is an upgraded version.