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ANNUAL SPENCER MAKENZIE’S FISH CO. CORNHOLE THROW DOWN (Ventura)

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(Photo courtesy of Cornhole Worldwide, http://www.cornholeworldwide)


(Gerry Furth-Sides, all photos below are courtesy Spencer Mackenzie’s) The nation’s largest cash cornhole tournament will take place in beautiful beachside Ventura as part of Spencer Makenzie’s 8th annual End of Summer Block Party (and the restaurant’s 10th anniversary).

The Throw Down will take place at Spencer Makenzie’s Fish Co., located at 806 East Thompson Blvd, Ventura CA 93001. For more information, please visit www.spencermakenzies.com or call (805) 643-8226.
This California-classic multi-day party will feature the coast’s best food, cold drinks & craft beer, and a free concert, as well as DJs spinning great music throughout the tournament for players and spectators alike.


Cornhole or Corn Toss is similar to horseshoes except that you use wooden boxes called cornhole platforms and corn bags instead of horseshoes and metal stakes.

Contestants take turns pitching their corn bags at the inclined platform until a contestant reaches the score of 21 points.  A corn bag in the hole scores 3 points, while one on the platform scores 1 point.  Scoring can be swift and the lead may change hands several times in a match before the winner is decided.  The game is generally played tournament style with an individual or team being named the champion at the end of the tournament.

Thought to have originated in Germany in the 14th Century, the game surfaced in the Ohio Valley in the 19th Century.  Also known as corn toss, bean toss, dummy boards, doghouse, soft horseshoes and Baggo, cornhole became widely played at tailgate events, contributing to its nationwide popularity.

Aside from the exciting cornhole competition and popular dishes, there will be live music on Friday and Saturday evenings to bring the day’s festivities to a fitting close.  There is no entrance fee to attend the party, tournament or concert and guests of all ages and interests are encouraged to attend.

Spencer Makenzie’s 8th annual End of Summer Throw Down will take place from Friday, August 25 through Sunday, August 27, 2017. Friday’s activities are from 6 to 10 pm and include check in for players, a D.J. and live music.

Friday, August 25 – Pre-Kickoff Party  runs from 8:30 PM – 10:00 PM with the music of Rey Fresco.   Saturday and Sunday are devoted to the tournament and freeplay, accompanied by a D.J., with food and drink available for purchase.  Saturday night features live bands as well.

There is no charge to attend the all-ages End of Summer Block Party and Throw Down. Must be 21+ with valid I.D. to purchase and consume alcohol. Spectators and participants are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs.

Spencer Makenzie’s Fish Company was originally founded in 2007 by John Karayan and his wife Jennifer as a festival concession, the Karayan’s named their award-winning restaurant after their two children – their son Spencer and their daughter Makenzie.   With the goal of offering fresh, healthful food and “Green” a priority, all at consumer friendly prices, its reputation was quickly established at such popular Ventura events as the Ventura County Fair, the Aloha Festival and the C Street Long Board Classic.


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Gerry Furth-Sides

Gerry Furth-Sides

Content Editor/Columnist

Photo-journalist Gerry Furth-Sides has been covering the ethnic and American culinary scene in California since it first came into prominence 25 years ago.