SPENCER MAKENZIE’S FISH CO. CELEBRATES SUMMER WITH WORLD’S
LARGEST CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT
Award-winning Fish Taco Eatery to Offer Bigger Prizes for 9th Annual Cornhole Throw Down
The nation’s largest cash cornhole tournament will take place in beautiful beachside Ventura as part of Spencer Makenzie’s 9th annual End of Summer Block Party. This California-classic multi-day party will feature the coast’s best food, cold drinks & craft beer, and a free concert with the best local bands on Saturday evening, as well as DJs spinning great music throughout the tournament for players and spectators alike.
Spencer Makenzie’s is a celebrated seafood staple of Ventura’s local food-scape, celebrating its 11th anniversary in this quintessential California beach town this year. Masters of this family friendly sport, outdoor activity enthusiasts, music lovers and foodies alike will want to mark their calendars to descend upon Spencer Makenzie’s to send off the summer in style.
Cornhole team registry for the tournament is open now. Registration is $190 per two-person team, with over $36,000 in guaranteed cash payouts going to winning teams over the course of the weekend. Early signup is encouraged, as space is limited to 192 teams and will sell out. There are no age restrictions. Ventura County residents will compete for an additional $2,500 in prize money. The Throw Down Tournament is sanctioned and hosted by the California Cornhole Association.
For those who want to play cornhole just for fun, an open-to-the-public court will be on site, in the midst of the excitement but without the high stakes. Spectators are encouraged to visit the recreational courts to see who will become 2018’s unofficial “King of the Court”.
Spencer Makenzie’s 9th annual End of Summer Throw Down will take place from Friday, August 24 through Sunday, August 26, 2018. Friday’s activities are from 6 to 10 pm and include check in for players, a D.J. and live music provided by local bands TBA. 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. For check-in times, entertainment details and tournament scheduling, please see here. 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. 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.
About Spencer Makenzie’s Fish Company
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 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.
During that time, they perfected such signature dishes as Clam Chowder, Shrimp & Fish Ceviche and Giant Fish Tacos into unique recipes that provide a tastier, healthier and delicious alternative to typical “Fast Food”. Everything is made to order, they only use sushi grade fish, produce is purchased from local vendors and 100% of their famous sauces are homemade.
Along with health consciousness, Spencer Makenzie’s makes going “Green” a priority. All of the cooking oil they use is 0 Trans fat and is repurposed as biodiesel for vehicles. They use environmental products and recycle whenever possible.
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.