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Cornhole, boiled peanuts, music headline Nights at Museum event
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The National Steeplechase Museum (NSM) will host the inaugural Carolina Cornhole Classic championship and Boiled Peanut Cook-Off as part of its Nights at the Museum series at the Knights Hill Rd. facility.

The unique evening of bean bag tossing meets culinary competition is set for Saturday, Aug. 17 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. on the back lawn of the National Steeplechase Museum, which overlooks the Springdale Race Course.

NSM manager and assistant Carolina Cup Executive Director Maggie Davis said the evening of friendly competition, food and music is a way not only for the community to come together, but also for the museum to show itself off in a relaxed early evening setting.

“The National Steeplechase Museum and the Carolina Cup Racing Association decided that we want to be more inclusive,” Davis said. “We wanted to add some events to our calendar that will be welcoming to all different groups of people, who will be able to come out, visit and enjoy the property and the museum.”

The entry fee for teams of two participating in the single-elimination cornhole tournament – with games to 21 or, in which the winning team must win by two or more points --- is $20 per person and $40 per team for adults. Youth teams, ages 14 and under, may enter for $20 per duo. 

Teams will be placed in different divisions and will for the championship trophy and prizes, which includes reserved parking spaces to the 2020 Carolina Cup --- on Saturday, March 28 --- as well as other items.

Davis said that teams are encouraged to come up with creative names, shirts and/or costumes with prizes being presented to the most imaginative in those categories.

As for the boiled peanut competition, the entry fee is $10. Davis said two qualified judges will be on hand to taste and award prizes to the winners. Those persons taking part in that portion of the event will be asked to come up with two different styles/tastes to be judged.

A food vendor is expected to be on hand for the evening. Just like the Carolina Cup itself, participants and guests are invited to bring their own food, beverages and lawn chairs. There will also be tailgating area set up for those who may want to set their tailgate up beneath a pop-up tent.

While the competitions are taking place, guests will be entertained by music from Camden favorites, Fair Jam. The core group is made up of Scott Jordan, Dr. Bobby Joseph, Tripp Montgomery and Paul Hayes. Like all Fair Jam shows, you never know who may come up and play and maybe, sing a song or two with the group during the evening. 

The event is free and open to the public for those who are looking for a fun night out and not participating in the cornhole or boiled peanut cooking competitions.

Sponsorship and naming right opportunities available with some sponsor levels including a team entry along with it. 

Interested parties who would like to be a part of the event are asked to contact Davis  by calling 432-6513, via email at Maggie@carolina-cup.org or on social media at the various Carolina Cup and the National Steeplechase Museum outlets.