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Cornhole – Great Tailgate or Grill Party Game
Outdoor Fun

Cornhold Game Tailgate Party
Tailgaters Playing Cornhole Game

The college kids where I teach go wild for Cornhole. It may also be called Corn Toss, Bean Toss, or the Beanbag Game. The younger crowd more often say “Cornhole,” so that’s what I typically call it.

What is Cornhole or Corn Toss?

Corn Toss is very similar to horseshoes but with some advantages. It’s less dangerous, since the items thrown are bags filled with corn instead of metal horseshoes. No more worrying about knocking guests out. And, Corn Toss is portable. Rather than needing sand pits and stacks anchored in the ground, Corn Toss just includes portable wooden boxes which fit in truck beds and most car trunks. And, they have some folding models on the market for even more portability.

Is Corn Toss a Brand New Fad?

No one knows, for sure, how Cornhole came about. But, experts believe it’s an old German game dating back to the 14th century. Kentucky gets the credit for reviving the game with reports of Cornhole playing in the mountains going back about 100 years.

Today, Corn Toss is played all over the country, and there’s even a national group, The National Cornhole Association designed to spread the word about this great outdoor game and to help in terms of standardizing rules which can vary depending on where you’re playing and who you’re playing with.

Corn Toss is especially popular at tailgate parties, since the game can be packed up and carried along. Football fans, concert enthusiasts, and NASCAR junkies can get a game of Cornhole going between parked cars with little danger of doing any damage to anyone or anything. It’s also a great game for barbecue or grill parties, since it appeals to all ages. Even the little kids can play by putting the boxes a bit closer together, within throw range for the kiddie crew.

Basic Playing Rules of Cornhole

The Corn Toss game is, as I mentioned, a lot like horseshoes.

Players aim for a hole in the wooden Cornhole box. Getting a bag in the hole is like a ringer in horseshoes. Point scores for a bag in the hole is usually three points.

Any corn toss bag that lands on the Cornhole game box is a score, usually one point. So, that’s kind of like the closest horseshoe or a leaner.

Miss the box completely. Well, no points there. Bummer.

Folks usually play Corn Toss in singles (one player against another at the other end) or in pairs (two players on each team) with players all getting four corn-filled bag tosses each. It’s most often tournament style and scores tend to go up and down fast, making it a fast paced and fun way to spend some time either playing or watching when you’re having any type of outdoor gathering.  

  

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