Portion of Ionia Avenue to close for Sunday cornhole tournament

Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Cornhole America has teamed up with the Beer City and Michigan Cornhole League, as well as several downtown businesses to host a block-party-style tournament.

City officials will close a portion of Ionia Avenue SW between Cherry and Oaks streets on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. for the competition.

There will be two divisions for teams: Social and competitive. The cost for social players is $10 per team and $40 for competitive. It will be a five-game round of robin for seeding followed by a double elimination tournament. The top five teams will win trophies and other prizes. Players in the competitive division have a shot at winning $200, $300 or $500.

“We figured this year with all of these new businesses around us, especially coming out of a pandemic when they opened up just heading into that, this will be just a really fun way to get people out downtown and also showcase the renaissance that’s taken place down here,” said Chris Cutting, general manager at Peppino’s downtown. 

He said the restaurant will have a DJ and food specials. Registration for the event starts at 10 a.m. and the competition starts at 11 a.m. The area where the tournament is taking place is also an outdoor social zone. 

If you plan to compete, you can either bring your own bags or use the ones provided. Cutting recommended people take advantage of free street parking in the area or park in a ramp. 

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