|Getting to Know ... The Canal Days Corn Hole Tournament chairs|
|Thursday, August 08, 2013 12:00 AM|
BY STEPHANIE GROVES
Chairs of the event, Brian Gossard and Don Rice, are heading up the tournament for the first time. Rice said that he and Gossard were approached about running the tournament since it looked as if no one would be available this year.
“Really, we volunteered because we have thrown in this for many years,” Rice added. “It was always a very well-run event and drew a lot of good participants within the Delphos area, as well as many players from out of town.
As for the planning and execution of the event, Rice said both men are doing everything from start to finish and want to continue to make this a successful tournament.
At this time, Rice said they are just getting started and hoping that some local businesses will help out with some prizes — gift cards — on top of the cash payouts.
“Brian and I are planning on playing again this year, so I’m assuming that our wives and kids will assist where and when they are needed,” Rice stated.
Registration for the event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. on Saturday morning and there is a $30 entry fee. Cash and/or prizes will be paid out based on number of entries. The plan is to play the standard double-elimination tournament.
“Last year, I believe there were around 20 teams that participated,” Rice said. “We are hoping to get at least 30 teams.”
Rice said that volunteering for Canal Days makes both men feel good being part of a long-running successful event and being able to give back to the community.
“I grew up in Delphos and always looked forward to Canal Days when I was a kid,” Rice explained. “Now, being able to see my kids enjoy themselves every year at Canal Days and the various events associated with the weekend has been great.”
Rice said he and Gossard won the Corn Hole Tournament last year, so that was a nice memory as well.
“The Corn Hole Tournament is always a good time because that is what we like to do,” Rice added. “The entertainment on Friday and Saturday is always a great time to see people that we haven’t seen in awhile.”