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Registration under way for Umoja cornhole tournament

August 5th, 2011 10:10 pm by Doug Janz

By now, nobody has escaped the invasion of the cornhole tournament. You’ll find cornhole tossing at sporting events, NASCAR races, festivals, campgrounds and even in backyards.
This year’s Umoja Festival isn’t missing out, with the second annual Umoja Cornhole Tournament set for Aug. 13, starting at noon. The event will take place in downtown Johnson City on South Roan Street near Main Street Pizza.
“Last year was our first year doing a cornhole tournament at Umoja, and for the first time we’d done it, everybody seemed to have a lot of fun,” said Joe Bradley, who is coordinating the event. “It’s a little more laid-back, people talking, relaxing, having fun.
“I think people like cornhole tossing because it’s something a 4-year-old up to probably a 100-year-old could do, tossing the bag in the hole,” Bradley said. “I’ve got a grandson and he loves it. It’s a simple game anybody can play.”
The tournament is part of the 15th annual Umoja Festival, set for Friday and Aug. 13. It celebrates cultural unity and diversity through all kinds of festivities, including live music, African drums and dancing, a parade, food, storytelling, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, arts and crafts, a film festival and more.
Music headliners this year include Confunkshun, Zapp, Shirley Murdock, Chocolate Buttermilk and the reggae band Reezon.
Bradley said he hopes to get 32 two-person teams registered for the cornhole tournament. There will be cash prizes for the first three places, with the amount dependent on the size of the field.
Registration is $30 per team and the deadline for registration is Friday.
Anyone interested in the tournament is encouraged to register as soon as possible. A pre-tournament meeting will be held Saturday at the Umoja headquarters at 325 E. Main St.
If the weather is rainy, the organizers will try to finish up any games in progress, then move under cover and wait out the bad weather before finishing things.
Bradley said he expects things to grow, not just with the tournament but with the whole Umoja festival.
“We want to get more people involved, and we think this’ll be more popular each year,” he said. “At some of the big festivals, they’ll have 100-plus teams.
“Moving the festival downtown, I think it’s a good feel and it’s good to have everything together like this.”
For more information or to register, call Bradley at 483-2062 or Herb Greenlee at 747-1425. For more on the festival, visit www.umojajc.org.

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