Flingin' Festival

If backyard-style food and fun are your passion, check out the inaugural Flingin' Festival at the Planters Bank-Jennie Stuart Health Sportsplex.

Sponsored by Hopkinsville Brewing Co., the Flingin' Festival will feature cold beer, a cornhole tournament and food vendors for the community's entertainment. The event is from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 30 at 155 Tilley Way.

"What a neat time to do this -- the Saturday after Thanksgiving when families are together, maybe some college students back in town visiting, people in Hopkinsville for the first time," said Chris Jung, marketing and events coordinator at the Hopkinsville Sportsplex. "It's a chance to have some fun, eat some food."

Registration for the open-division Flingin' Festival cornhole tournament starts at 10:30 a.m. Play will begin around 11:30 a.m. Early bird entry for two-person teams is $30 until Nov. 27. The price goes up to $50 per team after that deadline.

Although advance registration is encouraged via www.hopkinsvillesportsplex.com/events, Jung said walk-up registrations will be accepted Saturday morning. If an individual signs up as a solo competitor, Jung said he or she will be paired with somebody else to form teams of two. For more information, call 270-985-1700.

"The cool thing about cornhole is it's pretty much all the same level playing field. Everybody has got the same shot, the bags weigh the same for everybody, the boards are the same amount of space apart. It's something that anybody can play and compete at," he said. "We're excited to see different people from all ages, backgrounds and walks of life paired up and playing against each other and having a good time."

Competitors may play with their own bags and/or boards, but the sportsplex will have equipment on-hand to use.

The open-division cornhole tournament will feature two-person teams and $1,000 prize to the winning squad. Prizes will also be awarded to the second- and third-place teams.

"That (prize) alone is drawing a lot of interest," Jung said. "We hope a lot of folks come out and participate."

As the Flingin' Festival Cornhole Tournament ramps up inside the sportsplex, local food trucks will line up outside to serve a variety of foods to competitors and spectators alike. Among those serving food throughout the day are local vendors Seafood King, Holiday Burger, Vansauwa's Tacos & Vegan Eats, Kona Ice and Heather's Homemade Ice Cream.

"We figure people are going to be sick of cooking, so we're going to bring the food to them," Jung said. "We'll have some delicious food, drinks and desserts."

To accompany the food and fun, Jung said sponsor Hopkinsville Brewing Co. will be selling its products inside the sportsplex. IDs will be checked for each sale.

"They've been really popular at Summer Salute, so they're excited to cater to a new audience," he said. "We think we're going to make it a fun day and we couldn't do that without them."

Also, inside the sportsplex, college football games will broadcast on the TV screens and other fun activities will be available to the community, including basketball.

"It's a great excuse to enjoy this great facility that we have and spend some time together on a holiday weekend," he said. "It's a free, fun, family day."

For those who are just interested in watching the cornhole competition and tournament, Jung said there is free admission. He said there is plenty of seating for spectators.

"We want people to come out and enjoy it, whether you're playing or not," he said. "People can just come and hang out."

Reach Michele Vowell at 270-887-3242 or mvowell@kentuckynewera.com.

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