“It’s amazing,” Boothbay Charities Classic co-chairs Brenda Blackman and Tony Krason said.
The duo was referring to the large turnout of attendees at the second annual BCC Boothbay Cornhole Classic on Saturday, September 17.
“Last year we had 22 teams and this year 70 teams competed,” Blackman said.
Ultimately – including tournament registrations, sponsorships, bidding (silent and live), raffles, food and drink concessions – Blackman announced at 4 p.m. Saturday that just over 50 $000 had been raised for Special Olympics Maine – the charity the BCC has supported since 1990.
“Last year we were able to raise $15,000 for SOME, with our first try at hosting a cornhole tournament, but this year we were pleasantly surprised at how much we’ll be able to donate,” Blackman said.
The seven-plus-hour tournament was hosted by Wicked Cornhole of Tewksbury, Massachusetts, and owners Bruce and Stacey Taylor were integral to the success. They kept track of winners and losers throughout, with updates announced via a public address system and ongoing standings on an electronic scoreboard. During lulls in the announcements, music played over the PA system.
“It’s such a generous crowd,” said Bruce Taylor, who also hosted the raffles, live auctions and silent auction winners. The live auction items brought in a lot of money, more than the minimum starting bid. Items included two Boston Bruins tickets, a two-night stay at Sugarloaf, a lighthouse tour, a Brunswick hotel and dinner package, a 20-passenger boat tour aboard the Nellie G.., a two-night stay on Ram Island, a two-night stay at the Cliff House Resort in Ogunquit, VIP seating for eight at the Tugboat Inn and a two-hour cruise on the Grand Banks Classic, Lambinaround Boothbay Harbor.
As competitors placed the beanbags on the cornhole boards with major sponsor logos emblazoned on them, others not competing enjoyed the grills and adult beverages and soft drinks held by committee members and volunteers. Bartenders Craig Andrews and Alyssa Allen donated their tips ($420) to the total raised for SOME – $50,420.
Cash payouts for Classic winners were $500 for first place, $350 for second place, and $150 for third place. The round robin format saw teams 0-4 and 1-3 eliminated, while teams 2-2, 3-1 and 4-0 advanced to the final in a knockout round.
The BCC committee schedules the third annual Boothbay Cornhole Classic for September 16, 2023.
“We might have to do a two-day tournament if it gains popularity,” Krason said.