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Embrace 'Cabin Fever' and put Rochester in the record books

Embrace 'Cabin Fever' and put Rochester in the record books

Participants of the 2019 Cabin Fever Bean Bag Tournament will be shooting for a spot in the record books when they line up for action this March.

The event — which raises money for local cancer research — is attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the largest cornhole tournament by having 192 teams compete all under the same roof.

“We’ll have the guy in the Guinness suit there that day and at 3 o’clock he’ll announce whether we have hit the record or not,” said Jeff Winter, one of the event’s organizers.

Accomplishing the feat will require a 50 percent increase in registrations from last year — which may seem like a big leap. However, organizers say many of the teams from previous years have already signed up, leaving a limited amount of spots still open for the record-breaking attempt.

“To say, ‘I won the biggest bean bag tournament in the world,’ there’s some bragging rights there,” said Winter.

This will be the 10th year of the event, which is entirely driven by volunteer efforts and support from the local business community. In addition to the bean bag tournament, there will also be a huge silent auction, live music, a raffle, activities for kids, and a beer garden in an outdoor tent. Admission is free for attendees not participating in the tournament.

All funds raised go to the Eagles Cancer Telethon, which supports research at Mayo Clinic, University of Minnesota and The Hormel Institute. Over the past nine years, the event has raised $450,000 for the fight against cancer. Each year, individuals affected by cancer are invited to come in and speak to the crowd about the importance of where their donations are going.

“This is somewhere you can come have fun, but also make a difference, too. It’s the ultimate win-win,” said Winter.

The 10th Annual Cabin Fever Tournament and Auction will take place on Saturday, March 16th at the Rochester Event Center.

To register for the tournament, visit   

Med City Beat is a proud sponsor of the Cabin Fever Bean Bag Tournament.

Photos courtesy JMEG Photography

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