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Children of the Cornhole

Sober kids are no match for beer-guzzling beanbaggers.

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Baseball might be America's pastime. But cornhole is about as all-American as you can get. At least that's what Wags4Kids director Wendy Nelson thinks of today's Winter Cornhole Championships, which will benefit her organization — a nonprofit that pairs trained dogs with disabled kids. She'll even play a recording of the national anthem before the action starts. "It's America!" she exclaims. "It's like the friggin' World Series!"As two-player teams compete by throwing bean bags through holes in the middle of tables, they prime themselves the way that hardcore cornhole pros do: They chug a lot of $2 cups of brew to wash down the $1 franks. "It wouldn't be a cornhole tournament without the beer," says Nelson. "We had a tournament in May, and two 14-year-old boys almost won. I told their fathers that as soon as they learned to drink, they could really win this thing. Obviously, that's what was holding them back." Sign up to play at 10 this morning at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, 164 Eastland Road in Berea. Team fee is $60. Call 216-406-7656 or visit www.wags4kids.com.
Sat., Dec. 29, 10 a.m., 2007

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