Horseshoe tourney honors cancer victim

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What: 5th annual horseshoe tournament
Where: Korn’s Campground, 60 Meyer Rd., Middletown
When: Friday, Aug. 1 and Saturday, Aug. 2
How much: $25 per person
Information:, 386-3433

— Korn's Campgrounds is holding a horseshoe tournament to honor Joan Smith of Maybrook, a seasonal camper at Korn's who died last fall from vulvar cancer.

Smith, cousin of tournament organizer Patrick Dineen, competed in past horseshoe tournaments at the campground, and was also a leader in her community, supporting the local Little League and playing on the volleyball team.

The tournament will also honor Joyce Korn, co-owner with husband Mike of Korn's Campground, who is currently being treated for ovarian cancer "but standing strong and doing well."

The custom-made tournament trophy typically features two horseshoes, one colored yellow and one colored blue, said Dineen. This year the horseshoes will be light purple, to honor Smith, and teal, to honor Korn. The trophy has all past champions names inscribed on a gold plate. It is called the Sosa Trophy after its creator and Korn's Campgrounds seasonal camper Tony Sosa, a talented woodworker.

"If it were not for all the supporting campers, this horseshoe tournament would not have gotten to be such a great event," said Dineen. "It brings a campground and a community together, and this year it is for a bigger cause, as we'll be donating the proceeds to Montgomery Food Pantry as requested by Joan Smith in her obituary. We will also be donating proceeds to the American Cancer Society."

The Korn's Horseshoe Tournament started in 2010, and this will be the final year that Dineen is organizing the tournament, with his pending move out of the area. The future of the tournament has not been determined.

Tournament sign-ups are ongoing through Aug. 1. Seasonal campers, weekend campers, and visitors may play.

For more information call 674-2887.

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