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It's target time at LFD's 'cornhole' tournament fundraiser
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The game of cornhole. It may be one of those things as American as apple pie once you know what it is.

In these parts, the game is more commonly known as bean bag toss. Folks who hale from Kentucky and the southern part of Ohio are particularly passionate about the game – which they call “cornhole.”

The Lugoff Fire Department Firefighter Combat Challenge Team aims to make Kershaw County familiar with the popular game by hosting a cornhole tournament fundraiser at noon Jan. 29 at Lugoff-Elgin Middle School, 1284 U.S. 1 South, Lugoff. There  also be a 50/50 raffle, door prizes, concessions, face painting, fire trucks and games for youngsters.

The cornhole registration fee is $25 for singles and $40 for a team with one-time buy-backs. Registrations on the day of the event will be an additional $5, and only cash registration will be accepted. Anyone can register to participate; firefighter and firefighter teams are strongly encouraged. To pre-register, call Bud Talley at 803-549-0038.

Prizes are as follows: single first place -- $100, team first place -- $200. Second-place awards will also be given for 20 or more participants.

The tournament will adhere to the rules of the American Cornhole Association. These rules can be found at www.playcornhole.org/rules.shtml. According to the official rules, cornhole is similar to horseshoes except you use wooden boxes called cornhole platforms and corn bags instead of horseshoes and metal stakes. Contestants take turns pitching their corn bags at the cornhole platform until a contestant reaches the score of 21 points. A corn bag in the hole scores 3 points, while one on the platform scores 1 point.  

All proceeds from the fundraiser Jan. 29 will benefit the Lugoff Fire Department Combat Challenge Competition Team.