Alright, we know you've got questions...
Let's start with the basics.
Where: Castaway Portland, 1900 NW 18th Ave
Attire: Relaxed. Think "summertime backyard wedding."
Q. What exactly am I getting myself into?
A. Whether you play in the tournament or just stand back and watch the action, you'll have a great time while supporting PYB. The Cornhole Classic is a fundraising auction in celebration of Portland YouthBuilders. It also happens to be a competitive cornhole tournament - for those people who sign up early enough to get one of the coveted team slots! Most of all, it's simply a fun way to support PYB and our incredible students.
Q. I don't want to play cornhole! What do I do?
A. Simply click the "Tickets" link in the yellow box to the left to get your tickets to The Cornhole Classic. There will be hosted drinks, silent auction items, and a special raffle. Heckling and/or cheering on our cornhole players during the tournament is encouraged!
Q. I want to play cornhole! What do I do?
A. 1) Purchase your event tickets at the "Tickets" link in the yellow box to the left.
2) Get a partner - this is a doubles tournament - and call Katie at 503-286-9350, ext. 216, to sign up your two-person team. There is no added charge beyond the event ticket price to play, but advance registration is required and space is limited.
3) When you call, we'll ask for your team name and which tournament bracket you'd prefer.
- Get creative with your team name! Get corny!
- Our tournament brackets are pretty simple: your team is either Experienced or Inexperienced. You choose.
Q. So, uh… cornhole? Really?
A. Absolutely! We would have called it “The Bean Bag Toss Classic,” but where’s the fun in that?
Q. Why are we doing this?
A. The Cornhole Classic is an event to benefit Portland YouthBuilders’ work in helping young people move beyond poverty. If we’re going to raise money for a worthy cause, we might as well have a good time doing it!
Q. Tell me about Portland YouthBuilders, the charity beneficiary.
A. Portland YouthBuilders (PYB) is an alternative high school and job readiness program that helps low-income high school dropouts find a pathway out of poverty. We serve young people between the ages of 17-24 with a combination of academics, vocational training, leadership development, counseling, and long term support. Our program works: on average, 85% of our students move on to college, apprenticeships, or the workforce.
Q. How does this tournament thing work?
A. Unlike in years past, this year your ticket to The Cornhole Classic is not the same as tournament registration. There is no added fee to register a team; however, there are a limited number of tournament slots available. The only way to register a two-person team to play in the tournament is by calling Katie at PYB at 503-286-9350, ext. 216 after you purchase your event ticket.
Teams in the Inexperienced division will start round-robin play at 5:30 pm and go straight into single-elimination finals. Our Inexperienced cornhole champions will be crowned before our program starts.
Teams in the Experienced division will start round-robin play at 5:30 pm. Single-elimination finals for the Experienced bracket will cap off our evening after dinner.
Q. I purchased a ticket to the event. Does that mean I get to play in the tournament?
A. Only if you called PYB to register your team after you purchased your ticket and received confirmation that space was available. Due to space limitations there are a limited number of tournament slots available.
Q. What do I have to do to be named Grand Cornhole Champion?
A. The Cornhole Classic is a round robin style tournament, with each team guaranteed at least three matches leading up to the playoffs. Two different divisions – Experienced or Inexperienced – will ensure a fair-ish playing field. The number of teams that advance to the playoffs will be determined by the total number of teams registered. The tournament is capped at 40 two-person teams.
Q. How many people are on a team?
Q. What does the winning team get?
A. Bragging rights, thunderous applause, and the glory of a job well done. We’ll even throw in some special medals, too. But no, there’s no cash purse for this tournament (remember, this is a fundraising event!).
Q. My friend/partner/grandmother wants to come out and watch me show off my exceptional cornhole skills. Do they need to purchase a ticket even if they’re not going to be on a team?
A. Yes, a ticket is required for all event attendees.
Q. I didn't see a place on the ticket purchase page to specify a meal choice. Can you accommodate special diets?
A. Yes, our family-style meal will have vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.
Questions? Contact Tonia Kovtunovich at 503-286-9350, x217