NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP)- Ten states were represented in North Platte Friday and Saturday, for the 2nd year of the American Cornhole Organization Master Series Tournament.
Competitions play at the ACO Master Series Major Cornhole Tournament at the D and N Event Center in North Platte Saturday. (Source: Holly Barraclough, KNOP TV)
The D and N Event Center was filled with corn hole competitors from: Nevada, South Dakota, Ohio, Kansas, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, Wisconsin and Nebraska.
The North Platte Area Sports Commission put on the tournament and there was prize money up for grabs.
A competitor from Utah was the one to win the $400 for the singles division.
"It's been really cool, I love this event," said Zane Wilson of Saint George, Utah, "This arena is really cool. We got 10 states that showed up so I thought the environment with that was really cool. It's my first time in North Platte and outside of the cold weather, everybody has been super awesome."
Wilson said he plans to give his prize money to his wife and kids and possibly use it when they go to Hawaii later this year.
Samantha Geisler, Sports and Events Marketing Specialist with the North Platte Area Sports Commission, said last year they had 117 participants and this year, 60. She added that last year they only had 5 states represented and this year there was 10 so there was growth there in the reach.
The North Platte Area Sports Commission estimated that this 2-day event brought an economic impact of over $60,000 to the community through lodging, retail, food, and beverage. That is an increase of 6% over the previous year, 2019. The sports commission said they developed this estimate by using the Event Impact Calculator developed by Destinations International provided by membership in the national organization Sports ETA: Sports Events and Tourism Association.