Monday, July 8, 2013 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, Ky. (July 8, 2013) – The American Cornhole Organization (ACO) has selected Turfway Park in Florence, Ky., as host site for the eighth annual World Championships of Cornhole, set for July 17-20, 2013.
The tournaments start each day at 10 a.m. and will conclude at 11 p.m. Each day offers a variety of singles and doubles competitions.
A pre-event kickoff party is scheduled from 6 to 11 p.m. on Tues., July 16, at the Holiday Inn at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. The party is open to the public.
"It's exciting to be back at Turfway Park for another premier event," said ACO president Frank Geers. "Turfway Park last held an ACO event in 2010. We are familiar with the property and believe it will offer our players and spectators a unique experience."
The ACO World Championships of Cornhole has grown from 64 participants in the inaugural competition to more than 250 last year. With the addition of the ACO Corporate Cup, an exclusive competition for companies in the Cincinnati metropolitan area, the number of competitors this year could reach nearly 400.
Prize purses also have increased, from $2,000 the first year to now more than $10,000 guaranteed. Entry fees contribute to purses; based on participation, this year’s ACO Worlds could offer purses as high as $50,000.
The tournament is open to anyone interested in participating. The individual entry fee for participation in singles and/or doubles tournaments throughout the competition, called the Golden Ticket, ranges from $100 to $300. Ticket pricing tiers are based on available stock and add to a growing purse.
Spectators are welcome and admitted free of charge.
World Championship hopefuls can learn more about the event and secure tickets by visiting the American Cornhole website at www.americancornhole.com.
Sponsor programs also are available. Those interested in learning more about sponsorship should call the American Cornhole office at (888) 563-2002.
Located at 7500 Turfway Rd., I-75 at Exit 182 in Florence, Turfway Park offers a fully enclosed facility, easy interstate access, plentiful parking and a variety of economical food and beverage options.
Turfway Park, a Thoroughbred racetrack, will remain open during the competition for its regular schedule of simulcast racing.
Contact: Doug Hopkins, American Cornhole, LLC: 888-563-2002
About American Cornhole, LLC
Established in 2005 and headquartered in Milford, Ohio. American Cornhole Organization (ACO) is the governing body for the sport of cornhole and offers official cornhole rules, sanctioned products, tournament listings, and comprehensive information about cornhole events.
About Turfway Park
Part of Kentucky's year round Thoroughbred racing circuit, Turfway Park presents live racing from December through March. Opened in 1959 as Latonia Race Course, the track was renamed Turfway Park in 1986 and has been owned since 1999 by a partnership that currently includes Caesars Entertainment, Rock Gaming, and Keeneland Association. Known for innovation, Turfway Park introduced night racing to Kentucky, was the first Kentucky track to offer simulcast and intertrack wagering, and in 2005 pioneered the use of an all-weather surface for racing. Turfway Park is home to the $550,000 Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes (G3), a designated prep race for the Kentucky Derby.