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Tossing bean bags to cure Cabin Fever and cancer

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -

People will be getting out of the house to experience a little taste of summer this weekend at the 8th annual Cabin Fever Bean Bag Tournament and it's all to raise money for the Eagles Cancer Telethon. 

"In this area the telethon is kind of an institution," said Cabin Fever Committee Chair, Steve Gage. "If you're form around here or been here for any length of time you know exactly what it is, so it just made a great partnership and everybody is effect by cancer. It makes it really easy to try to raise funds and people can connect with it."

Over the years the event has raised a lot of money to help fight cancer. 

"Our first year we raised about $5,000 and then we doubled that, and we doubled that, and things have went from a 50 team tournament to as big as we can at 128 teams," said Gage. "We want to beat last years goal of $75,000 so hopefully we can up that a little bit this year." 

The tournament committee hopes to get to over $80,000 raised this year. To maximize their chances, there will be more than just the bean bag tournament. 

"There's a lot going on," said Gage. "The premise of the whole day was 128 team bean bag tournament but now that has kind of fallen by the side. It's still the tournament but there is so much more going on. There is a huge silent auction with probably over 200 packages and we have a live auction with 6 different packages."

The most special part of the event goes back to the two main battles, to win at bean bags and survive cancer. 

"Then we have a fighter round which really has become the highlight of the day," said Gage. "That's when we bring in local kids that are affected by cancer and they get to play a game with their hero so this year we'll have Marcus Sherels here. We really try to make the day great for them." 

The Cabin Fever Bean Bag Tournament and Auction is this Saturday, March 11, 2017.

It begins at at 11 am and runs until 7 pm at the Rochester International Event Center. 

For more information, click here.  

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