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Christmas Cornhole and Cookoff for a good cause this Saturday

By Shawn O’Brate

RIVERTON – The winter season is synonymous with giving, helping others and doing what we can to make life better, and this coming weekend is no different. It’s doing just that this weekend as the Riverton Elks Lodge is hosting a family fun food-filled corn hole tournament to help raise money for food donation baskets.

Last year, the Riverton Elks Lodge managed to raise enough money to make 60 baskets. This year the goal is to collect enough to be able to collect 100-120 baskets by the end of Saturday’s tournament.

The Fremont County Cornhole has participated in many fundraising events this year, but last year Ed Newbold, owner and operator of the Cornhole Group and League, reached out to the Elks Lodge on Main Street because they were “so good,” Newbold and the league.

“They let us play our league games here, they let us house our boards and equipment there, they were so nice to us,” Newbold said of Riverton’s Elks Lodge. “Hopefully we can do a bunch for them on Saturday.

The BPOE Elks Lodge in Riverton, Wyoming is hosting one of its biggest fundraising events of the year on Saturday with a Cornhole and BBQ cookoff, all of which benefit the production of Christmas food baskets for those in need.

In this first Christmas food basket drive, Newbold and Lodge raised “around $800” in the entire day and played with just one classification. This year they hope to not only win more, but to show people that cornhole is a game for everyone, hence the new classification of “casual” players alongside league players who are “advanced” and rarely miss when they throw a bag.

This is one of the many Elks Lodge fundraisers held throughout the year, including scholarship fundraisers that go to local students, but the cornhole tournament won’t be the only event raising funds for those in need.

Also on Saturday, while kids and adults are throwing bags on the boards, there will be a barbecue fundraiser at the Elks Lodge where votes are sold for $1 a ticket and $5 for six votes. This comes at the same time you can also buy a meal full of sliders and sides.

One hundred percent of the proceeds from food sales, barbecue votes and cornhole tournament entry fees benefit the Riverton Elks Lodge holiday basket costs.

If for some reason you are unable to make it to the Elks Lodge on Saturday, any donations large or small can be dropped off at the Elks after 4pm each day or after 11am on Sunday. Any questions can be directed to Barbette Hernandez at (307)-851-9646 and if you would like to volunteer or register for the Cookoff or Cornhole tournament, you can call (307)-856-3600.

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