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Cornhole tournaments popping up across FLX

The game of cornhole has moved from the backyard to organized leagues and tournaments — and the Finger Lakes has proved fertile ground for the game’s growth.

Cornhole events are popping up at area bars, breweries and wineries. Brian Bailey of Geneva, who founded Finger Lakes Cornhole in 2015, believes the game’s appeal lies in its ease. It’s a simple game that caters to all.

Interestingly, Bailey said he never played cornhole in the backyard. The game involves players (usually two or four) who take turns throwing bags of corn (or bean bags) at a raised platform with a hole on top. Points are scored when the bag goes in the hole (3 points) or lands on the platform (1 point). A player wins a game when he or she reaches 21 points and a match is generally a best of three games series. Bailey said doubles is usually more popular than singles games because you can play with a friend.

“I just think it’s a fun summer game that anybody can play,” he said. “You throw a bag, aim for the hole and you can have a good time whether you are an experienced player or a new player.”

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