Atascadero’s Showdown Cornhole Tournament Back for its Sixth Year • Atascadero News


Both days took place in the historic Sunken Gardens

ATASCADERO – Over the weekend of Friday September 16th and Saturday September 17th, the residents of Atascadero made their way to the Sunken Gardens for two days of fun at the 6th Annual Showdown Cornhole Tournament. Friday began with the Central Coast Challenge, followed by the Main Tournament Showdown on Saturday.

“This is an Atascadero Knights of Columbus event this year; it’s a charity fundraiser. It’s just a fun event for the community and we can raise some bucks for the community. That goes hand in hand,” said Knights of Columbus Officer Mike LoPicolo. “For the last six years we’ve averaged over 100 players each year and we’ve only given away about $22,000 which we’ve given away to a number of different charities over the last six years.”

Last year, the Knights of Columbus donated proceeds to Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and this year proceeds from the tournament will benefit the North County Adaptive Sports and Recreation Program (NCASRP) and Escuela Del Rio (EDR).

“And we always try to help our local Boy Scout Troop No. 51,” added LoPicolo.

The Knights of Columbus get together and choose another charity that will benefit from the cornhole tournament. But this year there was a tie, so they decided to give the proceeds to both of them. The money comes from donations and registration fees from the cornhole teams.

“We’ll probably pay out about 70 percent of the entry fee,” said LoPicolo. “This year, in this small tournament, the payouts will be $120 for first place, $100, then $80, then $60 for fourth.”

The big winners of Saturday’s tournament in the A-Bracket were: First – Team Bro, consisting of Tommy Holguin and Nick; second – Team E and J, composed of Eric Cruz and John Fent; third – Idler’s, consisting of Cody Miller and Nicolle Renner; and fourth – Sling Kings, consisting of Louie Reyes and Julian Reyes. The B-Bracket winners were: First – Bag Bombers, consisting of Fred Hoadley and Michael Peden; second – Bags All Day, consisting of Michael Rey and Eddie A.; Third – A-Town, composed of Mike Higgins and Bryan Fisher; and fourth – B-Ballers, composed of John Barrios and Branden Barrios.

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A total of 120 players threw bags on Friday and Saturday. In addition, over 100 spectators stopped by the Sunken Gardens to watch the games progress. In addition, over $2,700 was raised for local charities selected that year.

“The North County Adaptive Sports and Recreation Program and Escuela Del Rio will each receive $1,250 from the event, and our local Boy Scout Troop #51 will receive $250,” LoPicolo said. “Kiwanis will give NCASRP and EDR approximately $200 each from their Kiwanis burger sales at the event. Century 21 Home Town Realty will also give these groups approximately $150 each from their Chili Cook-Off.”

All Saturday, Kiwanis served breakfast sandwiches, hot dogs, and hamburgers. And the Century 21 Chili Cook-Off was not just a tasting event, it also sold the chili. Boy Scout Troop #51 had water and sodas during the day, coffee and pastries in the morning. Hawaiian Shaved Ice was also there when things got hot.

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For fun there was also a Most Points competition for kids to show up during lunchtime, as well as a few other lawn games for everyone including a giant Jenga.

“For people who like to play cornhole, this was the right event,” said LoPicolo.

This year’s Gold Sponsors were Idler’s Home Store, 5 Star Rain Gutters and Lava Print Media. Other sponsors included: Central Coast Distillery-FORAGER, Primary Eye Care, Miner’s Ace Hardware, Santa Maria Brewing, Castoro Cellars, The Carlton Hotel, City of Atascadero, Power Source Chiropractic, Filipponi and Thompson Drilling, North County Adaptive Sports and Recreation Program.

“We could not have hosted this event without the help of our local Boy Scout Troop No. 51 and the additional 30 volunteers who helped make it possible. This was truly a community event,” added LoPicolo.

The Showdown Cornhole Tournament will be held for the seventh time on Friday 13th October and Saturday 14th October 2023.



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