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Night at the Museum to feature cornhole, boiled peanut contests
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A CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT, a boiled peanut cooking contest and music will all come together for a fun evening at the National Steeplechase Museum on Saturday, Aug. 17. - photo by C-I file photo

Just a few furlongs from the race course in which 85 Carolina Cup and 48 Colonial Cup champions have been crowned, new sets of two-legged champions will earn their stripes when the National Steeplechase Museum (NSM) hosts the inaugural Carolina Cornhole Classic championship  and Boiled Peanut Cook-Off 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 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.

“A lot of times, we will have people who come to the museum and tell us that they have lived in Camden for years but for whatever reason, they have never paid the building a visit. After hearing that several different times throughout the year, we decided to add some fun events to our calendar which are family friendly while being able to get together with friends and have a good time in a relaxed atmosphere.”

Each year, the night before the running of the Carolina Cup Races, the museum hosts a semi-formal fundraiser which usually includes cocktails and an art exhibit. Events such as the cornhole and boiled peanut competition will take the label of stuffy from the multi-purpose center.

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. There will be different divisions playing for the trophy and prizes, which includes reserved parking spaces to the 2020, Carolina Cup and 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.

“I know there are a lot of people in Camden and Kershaw County who pride themselves on making their own boiled peanuts,” Davis said. “If you want to put your money where your peanuts are, you are more than welcome to come out and take part in the competition.”

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, but 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 course of the evening. 

The event is free and open to the public for those who are looking for a fun night out.

Davis said once plans for the entire event are firmed up, flyers will be placed in various restaurants, bars and businesses throughout the county to help spread the word. The information will also be included on the Carolina Cup and NSM’s various social media outlets.

There are also sponsorship and naming right opportunities available with some sponsor levels including a team entry along with it. Interested parties are asked to contact Davis at the Carolina Cup office, by calling 432-6513, via email at Maggie@carolina-cup.org or on social media at the Carolina Cup and the National Steeplechase Museum outlets.

Davis said the timing of the event is not just a coincidence as it will help usher out summer and welcome the start of the school year and football.

“With football season quickly approaching,” she said, “we want to help give everybody the chance to warm up their cornhole skills before they start playing seriously at tailgates in