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Everything Cornhole…it’s all here!

CORNHOLE

‘Tis the season for cornhole, aka bags, aka tailgate toss. When the barbecue grills fire up the cornhole equipment comes out — and sticks around right into football tailgate season.

• The game is called “cornhole” because bags filled with corn kernels are tossed into a board with a hole in it.

• Regulation platforms measure 4 feet × 2 feet. However, standard tailgating platforms usually measure 3 feet × 2 feet, but may vary. The height of the back end is 12 inches from the ground while the height of the front end can vary from 2½ to 4 inches. The cornhole platforms are set 33 feet from the inside edge of each hole while the player can stand anywhere from no further than the back of the platform but not any closer than the front of the platform.

• The 6-inch diameter holes are centered 9 inches in from the back.

• There’s an actual American Cornhole Association, and for $35 you can have an Annual Deluxe Membership. Who needs a country club, right?

• Cornhole bags must be six inches by six inches, made with duck cloth, and filled with one pound of corn. If you are using bean bags, it ain’t cornhole, say the experts.

• Want to play at night? There’s even a lighted cornhole board.

• Want to see a cornhole movie? There’s one of them, too.

• The true history of the game is mostly unknown, though stories abound. One story claims that the game was first played during the 14th century in Germany, then rediscovered in Kentucky within the last century. Popularity of the game began to increase in the late 1990′s in Cincinnati area universities, particularly Miami University where cornhole became a mainstay at parties and as a casual drinking game.