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ESPN’s Kenny Mayne visits the World Championships of Cornhole VII

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Thursday, July 31, 2008 -- Bristol, CT -- Kenny Mayne

I’d been to Turfway Park before. It’s pretty much across the street from the Cincinnati airport, which is actually in northern Kentucky. After a Kentucky Derby 12 years ago, I was supposed to drive there from Louisville to catch a 7 a.m. flight to be home for my producer friend Gus Ramsey’s son’s birthday.

Somehow I missed my alarm and awoke in Louisville about the same time I was scheduled to arrive home for the party. As if PJ Ramsey would even remember I had attended. Instead, after missing the event, I wrote him a note that I hope Gus kept for him.

media-ESPN-worldsVIIIt went: “Dear PJ, your Uncle Kenny somehow missed your 2-year-old birthday party, but there’s always that one uncle who teaches his nephews about gambling, and I’m your guy. Sure, I missed your party. I hope the keg of apple juice was chilled and the bouncy house was inflated. But after missing my scheduled flight, I also missed the next five flights. The day after the Derby is a big travel day in Kentucky. Don’t be stupid. No way am I making those flights. It was like John Candy was right there telling me this. So I finally found a flight home at about 9 p.m., which allowed me to spend some quality time across the street at Turfway Park Racecourse. Hollywood Park was running out West, and my trifecta box came home. By not going to your stupid party, I won something like $1,500. That money will be long gone by the time you learn how to read, but I hope by the time you’re around 14 or so you’ll appreciate the fact 2-year-old birthdays are long forgotten, but $1,500 trifecta hits are forever. Let’s go to the track one day. Yours, Uncle Kenny.”

Too bad PJ wasn’t around for this visit to Turfway Park. We hit another trifecta. Not that we didn’t do diligent work. I made that play after competing one night for a couple of hours in the long-toss event at the World Championships of Cornhole. For about three hours, I owned the world record at 77 feet. But there was no way I was walking away with the title. Not with a guy from Cincinnati named Ricky Mayes throwing his arm off. He wouldn’t quit ’til he owned the top mark. And he did: 95 feet.

But it was 27 feet where the tournament field competed for king of cornhole.

You know cornhole. It’s that game with the curious name that people play in parking lots outside football games. Except most of those people don’t play like most of the people we saw at the World Championships of Cornhole. I got smoked in doubles by a 65-year-old grandma. No shame. That old lady made 3s like Larry Bird in an NBA All-Star contest. Just flat drained ’em. These people taught me how you don’t just throw and hope to make the bag fly through the hole. You have to put a little touch on the bag. You slide it up the board, you block your opponent and you call out “air mail” when you feel like naming your shot billiards-style. And you do this with the same consistency that any top player does in his or her sport. They did this, too. They did this when they weren’t complaining to us that it’s high time cornhole got its own TV show. They pointed out how poker, darts, pool and synchronized swimming all have made it inside the TV set, so why not us? The best we could promise them for now is our little Internet show (and its accompanying TV special).

Watch for yourself. Maybe it’s time cornhole went big-time. Cornhole wasn’t even offered at PJ’s birthday party. No regrets — for visiting Turfway that time or this.

Schedule of Events

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ACO World Championships of Cornhole Kickoff Party to be at Holiday Inn Cincinnati Airport

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American Cornhole begins the ACO World Championships of Cornhole week with a kickoff party at the Holiday Inn Cincinnati Airport and is inviting the public.

“We wanted to give the public a chance to mingle with cornhole enthusiasts, and maybe meet an ACO Pro,” said Frank Geers, President of the ACO.

More than 17 States are represented in the week long tournament to be held at Turfway Park in Florence, KY. – a fully enclosed facility. The championship event is like a festival of events with social players and professional players competing for various titles and a shot at $10,000 in prize monies.

This year’s event promises to be even bigger as Kenny Mayne is bringing his ESPN “Wider World of Sports” to town to shoot much of the event. Mayne will play in the Open tournament held Thursday July 18th to earn one of the 64 spots in the King of Cornhole.

All ACO World Championships events are held at Turfway Park, Florence, KY July 17th-20th. Public is invited and admission is free. The kick off party is from 6:00pm-10:00pm July 16th at the Holiday Inn Cincinnati Airport 1717 Airport Exchange Blvd, Erlanger. Kentucky 41018

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About Holiday Inn Cincinnati Airport:
If you would like more information about the Holiday Inn Cincinnati Airport Hotel, or to schedule an event, please call Molly Fruin at (859) 746-5612 or email Visit the Holiday Inn Cincinnati Airport.

About Turfway Park
Part of Kentucky’s year round Thoroughbred racing circuit, Turfway Park presents live racing from December through March. Opened in 1959 as Latonia Race Course, the track was renamed Turfway Park in 1986 and has been owned since 1999 by a partnership that currently includes Caesars Entertainment, Rock Gaming, and Keeneland Association. Known for innovation, Turfway Park introduced night racing to Kentucky, was the first Kentucky track to offer simulcast and intertrack wagering, and in 2005 pioneered the use of an all-weather surface for racing. Turfway Park is home to the $550,000 Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes (G3), a designated prep race for the Kentucky Derby.

About American Cornhole, LLC:
Established in 2005 and headquartered in Milford, Ohio. American Cornhole Organization, the ACO, is the governing body for the sport of cornhole. Go Here. Offering official cornhole rules, sanctioned products, tournament listings, and comprehensive information about cornhole events.

ACO World Championships of Cornhole VIII to Include ESPN’s Kenny Mayne and “Wider World of Sports”

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Will Kenny Mayne become the ACO King of Cornhole?

“Kenny Mayne’s Wider World of Sports” explores sports that are among the most important and unique to the people of various countries around the world. Mayne has traveled to Brazil, New Zealand, South Africa and now will make his way to Florence, Ky., for the ACO World Championships of Cornhole VIII held at Turfway Park from July 17-20, 2013.

“We’re very excited to have Kenny Mayne and Wider World Of Sports part of the ACO World Championships of Cornhole,” said Frank Geers, Founder and President of the ACO. “It’s amazing exposure for the sport we and so many others love.”

Kenny-Mayne-WWOS-logoIn addition to covering the event, Mayne will attempt to earn a spot in the 64-person King of Cornhole tournament and compete for the title of the best cornhole player in the world, the ACO King of Cornhole. His chase for the crown will start in the Open Singles tournament on Thursday, July 18th.

“The journey started with a Cincinnati television show back in 2006 and now we’re talking about ESPN’s Kenny Mayne’s Wider World of Sports. Obviously, this is very exciting,” said Matt Gray, Founder of the King of Cornhole and VP of TV/Media Development for the ACO. “But more importantly, I feel this show will be an incredible opportunity for others to share their passion for cornhole.”

The ACO World Championships of Cornhole VIII is free for all spectators and anyone may participate. Tournament tickets are available at

Kenny Mayne’s Wider World of Sports:
Kenny Mayne’s Wider World of Sports is a series highlighting unique and exciting sports from around the globe. Kenny travels to the Netherlands, Nicaragua and more! Visit the series site at

About American Cornhole, LLC:
Established in 2005 and headquartered in Milford, Ohio. American Cornhole Organization (ACO), is the governing body for the sport of cornhole. Offering official cornhole rules, sanctioned products, tournament listings, and comprehensive information about cornhole events.

Media Contact: American Cornhole, LLC: 888-563-2002