Peoria Hosts Big Bags Tourney

By Marc Strauss

June 11, 2011 Updated Jun 11, 2011 at 8:11 PM CDT

Peoria is the site of one of the largest Bags tournaments in the country this weekend.

The 4th annual River City Bags Classic is being held on Water Street across from Kellehers. 128 teams with players as far away as Oregon are competing for up to $1,000 in prizes.

There's also food and music and a raffle to with a trip to Las Vegas.

The game of Bags originated in the Midwest but its popularity has spread.

"To the best of my knowledge it came from Ohio somewhere as a backyard, farm game from what we know of the history of it," said tournament organizer Shawn Glatz.

"There are different styles that are played. But what we're playing now, 4-foot boards about 30-feet away from each other, that's what has kind of stuck and stayed."

Proceeds from the Tiver City Bags Classic benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Peoria. Last year they raised $15,000.