Craig Campbell’s 2014 Cornhole Tournament Is a Toss-Up

Charity cornhole event raises big money for colon cancer research.

photo by Patricia Presley

Bean bags weren’t the only thing flying at yesterday’s (June 3) Craig Campbell Celebrity Cornhole Tournament. A whole lot of smack talk was permeating the airs as well. Celebrities like Lee Brice, Jerrod Niemann, Chase Rice, Parmalee, Blackjack Billy, The Cadillac Three, Halfway to Hazard, Rachel Bradshaw, newcomer Chelsea Bain and former Tennessee Titan Rob Bironas pitched pouches to raise money and awareness for the T.J. Martell Foundation and colon cancer research and awareness.

It was the second year for the event, which Craig started to honor his father, who died from colon cancer at the age of 36. But it’s also a way for Craig to get his pals together for a day of fun to kick off CMA Music Festival.

“Last year was a little hectic just because we didn’t have an event coordinator,” Craig told Country Weekly before the event started. “We did it all ourselves. But everybody seemed like they had a good time. We learned from our mistakes, it’s a little bit more streamlined this year and we have a few more things going on that we didn’t last year. I’m hoping to double what we did last year and I think we’re going to do it. We sold out of VIP tickets.”

Stars arrived at the event with custom boards, custom bags and a few tricks up their sleeves, but it was Parmalee’s Josh McSwain who claimed to have the secret to winning: “I throw it right in the hole,” he said, laughing. And as country stars were eliminated, they took the stage to perform for the spectactors.

Last year, Craig won the event, but this year, after the beans settled, it was Rob Bironas who tossed the winning bag. Not bad for a kicker!

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