Cornhole de Mayo

Bean bags flew back and forth across the field behind Pal’s Brewing Company during the first North Platte cornhole competition Saturday. For $20 per two-person team, pairs could compete for the top three places and a total of $1,000 cash prizes. And plenty of people turned out for the chance to win.

The competition caught Crista Murrish’s eye in a Facebook post. “I was looking for a partner because I saw the cash prize,” she said. “I thought we’d come and try it for the day.” Murrish was surprised by the amount of participants. “Yesterday, I think they only had seven teams signed up,” she said. “Now there’s like 20.”  Other teams got in the game just to have a good time, “It’s for the fun of it,” David Schottelkotte said. “We’re looking forward to having fun, having a few brewskis. It’s a beautiful day.”

 Teams advanced in this double elimination tournament by being the first to score 21 points. The bean bags were thrown at targets about 15 feet apart — one point for landing on the board, three for going in the hole.

The three teams to come out on top were:

» First place and $500, Chase Bassett and Justin Varnum.

» Second place and $300, Todd Manley and James Miller.

» Third place and $200, David Schottelkotte and Dan Sims.