Yelm’s first annual cornhole tournament will be held Aug. 17 outside Mr. Doug’s restaurant with a cash prize going to the winning team. 

The game, also known as bean bag toss, involves two teams of one or two players. The court consists of two boards set up about 40 feet across from each other. Each board is about 4 feet by 3 feet, slightly angled toward each other, and with a hole in the center. The goal of the game is for the teams to alternate throwing the bags at the boards, with a bag landing on the board being one point and a bag in the hole three points. The first team to reach 21 points wins.

The event is being organized by Todd Stancil, Yelm’s police chief, through the Yelm Midday Lions Club. The tournament will also consist of raffles and a 50/50 contest, as well as food provided by Mr. Doug’s restaurant. The registration fee is $50. 

Stancil said they will be accepting no more than 48 teams for the tournament, and there are only a couple of spots left. However, he said that this will likely become an annual event, so if the spots are taken people can always register next year.

The tournament will start at noon with 10 cornhole sets and each game taking around 15 to 20 minutes. 

Stancil has played in a couple of cornhole tournaments, but considers himself more of a “backyard thrower.” 

“I like it because anyone can play,” he said. 

The equipment was provided by the Lion’s Club, and Stancil said that they were able to get some high quality gear. 

According to Stancil, they were able to get good bags, which can make a big difference. They were also able to get good scoreboards so that people watching will be able to see.

“It will be a good setup,” Stancil said. “Mr. Dougs has been very nice.” 

Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. The players meeting for the tournament will be at 11:30 a.m., and the first bags will be thrown at noon. 

To register or get more information, email 

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