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Competition options abound at Smokin' in McMinnville
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Smokin’ in McMinnville is a great place to eat juicy meats. It’s also a place to let your competitive juices flow.
Set for next weekend, Aug. 11-12, Smokin’ in McMinnville will feature three different tournaments and a 5K race.
On Friday night, there will be cornhole and kan jam tournaments. On Saturday morning, there will be a kickball tournament and 5K race. Winning teams from all three tournaments will be rewarded with ribs from the Kansas City Barbecue Society.
“We had a blast last year and had a really good response,” said Civic Center organizer Terry Beard. “A lot of people wanted to know when we would be doing it again, especially the people who won the ribs.”
The action starts Friday night, Aug. 11, with registration at 5:30 p.m. for cornhole and kan jam. Both tournaments begin at 6 p.m. on Hoover-Millraney Field. Beard says winners will be determined that night.
The cost for the two-person teams is $10, or $5 per person. Beard says only the first 10 teams will be accepted, which is a change from last year. You can stop by the Civic Center any time during normal business hours to register before the event.
The kickball tournament starts at 8 a.m. Saturday morning. It will also be limited to 10 teams. Each team must consist of seven men and three women. The registration fee is $50 per team, or $5 per person.
“We debuted kickball last year at Smokin’ in McMinnville and it was so popular it led to us having fall and spring leagues,” said Beard. “There are people who absolutely love it.”
Kickball games will be played on Jim Mansfield Field, which is small, and Hoover-Millraney Field, which is 180 feet from home plate to the fence.
“There are a few players who can kick it over the fence on Jim Mansfield Field, but not many,” said Beard. “On Hoover-Millraney, you’re not going to kick it over the fence, but it’s a different strategy because the outfield is more spread out.”
Kickball games are five innings and Beard says they move quickly. A typical game will last 35 to 40 minutes, he said.
Call 473-1212 for more information about any of the three tournaments.
The 5K run and walk is not being organized by Civic Center staff. It’s a fundraiser for the Warren County Senior Center. It’s set for Saturday morning with a start time at 7:30 a.m.
Trophies will be awarded to the top male and female finishers in 10-year age brackets. The cost is $15 at the gate or $25 with a T-shirt, if available. You can pre-register beforehand at the Senior Center, 809 Morrison Street, or the day of the race beginning at 6 a.m.
Call the Senior Center at 473-6559 for more information about the race.