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Corn Hole Game Association - The Official Bean Bag Toss Game Association

The bean bag toss game of corn hole seems to have many different histories. Everyone who plays the game knows a grandpa or great grandpa who claim they invented the game. Here we would like to see what you guys say about the history of the corn hole game. We would also like to use this page to share stories about when you played the game, what you like about the bean bag toss game, corn hole terms etc. to show others what they have to look forward to when they play the game. 

Also, send us terminology that you use when playing the game, like hanger - when a bag is hanging in the hole or skunk - When the score is 11-0 and the game is over, etc.

Please share your stories or your version of the history of corn hole with us on this page.

On to the stories...
Submitted by Lew Gottfried on Sep 3, 2011
I made the present board in 1970's on my Ohio Farm
When retired 1982 took it along to Bunt Store Colony near Punta Gorda Florida. It was loved at both places.
It was measured and rules copied by people that said they were from Cincinnati. As you know the game grew here.
I still have the orginal board back in Ohio again..
Please, I need someone from around Cincinnati that was in Burnt Store Colny to verify this. This would make this a special board for the game of corn hole.

Submitted by meg on Aug 8, 2009
I learned cornhole while visiting my family in Iowa. My nephews, Ryan and Brad, made their family boards and my sister, Carla, makes the bags, using a strong canvas material and dried corn given to her by neighbors. I live in San Diego, and before I left after my visit this summer, she made me 8 bags. I had to make sure you could take dried corn on airlines (agricultural regulations?!) and we're going to make our own boards here. I can't wait to invite friends over and teach them the game! Most of the entries on this site seem to be midwest-based and I'm excited to bring the game to the west coast.

Submitted by Justina Green on Oct 6, 2007
We learned about cornhole on our summer vacation aboard the Carnival cruise ship called Miracle. We quickly realized the association with horseshoes and determined it was much more portable and safe. On board we entered the contests and finished in the semi- finals determined to purchase the game and return championship ready.

Our family loves the game....

Submitted by Bart and Jennifer Sprouse, Oak Hill, West Virginia on Aug 13, 2007
We first learned about cornhole at Bart's family reunion in June 2007. After 35 years of bingo and horseshoe tournaments at the gathering, the excitement generated by the set his cousin brought will probably lead to the beginning of an additional tradition--cornhole! Our whole family enjoys the game (our 2 year old calls it "pillow") thanks to the cornhole set cousin Robert made for me to give Bart for our anniversary (decorated with a WV!)

Submitted by Stiehl on Aug 6, 2007
In Nortwestern WI the game is called "Bags" and we have several scoring variations from what I've seen in the official rules and on this page.

For Example:
1. A "hanger", or "leaner" as we call it, is worth 2 pts instead of 1.
2. All bags on the board count as 1 pt, regardless if they are touching the ground or other bags. They must however remain on the board if the front is lifted up, that's the determining factor.
3. Bags that roll onto the board also count as 1 pt, if agreed before the game starts, then they are called "sliders."
4. We also have a "bust" rule in all the games, meaning you need 21 pts exactly. If any team goes over 21, the round is stopped and the team drops to 11 pts. The bags are sent to the other side and play continues. This rule adds challenge to the game.

Good site, and Happy Bagging.

Submitted by Nascar Infield Fan on May 6, 2007
Every June we go to Michigan International Speedway for the race weekend and stay on the infield. In '04 our friends brought a cornhole game with them. It was so much fun and a big hit with everyone.
Now my family plays at every function we have, many of our friends have their own boards now and it's just 'what we do' in the summer.

Submitted by John Barranco on May 4, 2007
My friend Matt Hageman introduced us to the game about a year ago...his family is from Cincinnati, OH. We love it and play it here in New Orleans. We are actually helping him with a big tournament in Birmingham, AL at John Carroll High School and it is set for June 23. Anyone can come and play! Our website is www.alabamacornhole.com
Hope to see you at the tournament,
John Barranco - New Orleans, LA

Submitted by John Bruney - La Vergne, TN on Apr 30, 2007
My wife and I were introduced to cornhole at a recent picnic. We also are from New Orleans (transplanted in the Nashville, TN area due to Hurricane Katrina). I had been playing horseshoes and noticed others playing a game off to the side and went to investigate. It looked fun, the bags are lighter than horseshoes, and the boards are closer so after throwing shoes for awhile it seemed really easy. Unfortunately, the set they were using was painted with a big orange T for Tennessee (us being LSU fans)! I did notice though that if I could hit the board a the base of the "T", that I had a great chance of sliding the bag into the hole (just a note to everyone about how you decorate your board and what potential "advantage" it could give an opponent. Anyway, I will be building a set of boards for us soon. It is great clean family fun.

Submitted by Rhonda Johnson - Dry Ridge KY on Mar 11, 2007
My husband and I were introduced to Cornhole last year at a picnic at my nephew's house. We had relocated to Kentucky from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. When my husband told our friends and family back in New Orleans about the game the general reaction was "What the H___ is Cornhole?" I tell everyone it is "horseshoes for drunks." My husband made our kids a set and we took it to New Orleans last month when we visited for Mardi Gras. It was a big success at the "after the parade" party.

Submitted by Rod, Norwood, Ohio on Jun 14, 2006
My friend's and I at work started playing cornhole during our 15 minute breaks with the company cornhole set about a year ago. At first it was a big deal to get one bag in the hole but now we have all gotten so good the we have modified the rules to make it a little more interesting and challenging.
1) If you "swoosh" a bag (throw it through the hole without hitting the board) you get 4 points for that bag.
2) If you don't get any bags on the board or in the hole you get -4 points. We call it a "Jinny run" because the person had to run around the trees like Forrest Gump (Ruuun Forrest Run).
Some terms we use are:
1) Blue blocker - other teams bag on the board blocking the hole.
2) Four Banger - All four of your bags in the hole.
3) Jinny Run - (As mentioned above) none of a teams bags on the board or in the hole and you/they have to run a lap around the nearby tree.
4) Cleaner - use your bag to knock the other teams bag(s) off the board.
5) SAC usage - bank your bag off either your own or the other teams bag into the hole.
I'm going out to Utah for a family reunion this summer so I plan to build a set out there and introduce the game to the rocky mountain west.

Submitted by Cornhole & lovin' it!!!!! London KY on May 30, 2006
The first time I saw some people playing Cornhole, I thought that would be the easiest game ever. Much to my surprise, it's a lot harder than it looks. My husband and I made our first set and have spread it around to all our friends and relatives. I am planning to make my Dad and Father-in-law a set for Father's Day.
One rule variation we love. Instead of going all the way back to 10 if you go over the 21 win, we only subtract from our orginal score the amount thrown over. For example: Team 1 has 20 pts. Lets say they sink one and make the score 23. We would subract 23-21=2 and subtract 20-2=18. It is so frustrating, but really keeps you on your toes to the end of the game!!!

Some Common Terms we use...
Cornucopia - 8 bags in the hole. Usually you have to "settle" them in the hole before you throw the 7th and 8th bags or they all won't fit. It is an overflowing hole.
Wash - When neither team get any points
Cornatopia - When you're team is throwing really well and you have nothing to do but drink beer and throw 'hole.
Blocker - Blocks the front of the whole preventing the slide in toss
Topper - A bag that lays on another bag preventing it from moving
Double Dipper or Triple Dipper - Bag or two on the board and you use your cureently thrown bag to push 2 or 3 bags in with 1 toss.
Hooker - When you toss the bag with a lot of "frisbee" spin to catch a corner of an existing bag on the board, which "curls" it around and in the hole. Usually around a blocker.
Andy in Union, KY
My first experience with cornhole or "bags" as we call it in the Chicago area was a a small child. At family and friend parties, we would have kid and adult tournaments, but we only had two sets, so they were passed around quite a bit. That was the late 1970s or so. Since that time, the game has grown with each summer, and we now have sets for just about every household in our family and extended "neighborhood". When I bartended in college I started a Sunday night "Bags" league at Starbusters in DeKalb, IL. Since that time, I have moved on, but I don't know if the tournaments continued. We have been using the offical rules since the beginning, and often correcting newcomers who play "wrong" versions. We call a 11-0 a whitewash here. It's a great game for college parties, any family get togethers, a relaxing evening with neighbors, or tailgating. In college we used to get nearly the entire townhouse complex in on tournaments and "beverages", and we even had a few tournaments be disbanded by the police. Each summer it seems that I get more requests to build sets, and my grandfather is even introducing the game to his retired friends in Florida, they love it because it's easy for all to play. Best backyard game ever. Jonathan in Aurora, IL

When I first played "corn hole" - June 2004, I knew right away that it could be addicting. Now everyone has their own boards made with their own theme. We took our boards to Charolette NC to the NASCAR race. Everyone in the camp ground came around to look or play. We don't have to worry about the kids running through and getting nailed with a bag, horse shoes is out, corn hole rules. All our best, Corn Hole Crazy in Glouster, Ohio.
We are going to Lake Cumberland house boating this summer, you may see us playing corn hole on top the boat.

I'm a SoCal native and recently visited the Chicago area for the UCLA/Illini football game. We were flabergasted by the number of folks playing "bags" as we call it. The first thing I did when I got home was to build a set to take with us when we tailgate at the Rose Bowl. Cheers to corn hole!

I had heard about cornhole from one of my bosses' that owns a bar, but I had never played the game. One day my husband and myself were invited to a cookout at a co-workers house and cornhole was played that night. We ended up staying at my friends house later than we had planned because my husband learned how to play conhole. He and my father built a game and it was given to me and my husband and now you can usually find most of my family at our house on the weekends playing cornhole. My dad is now making and selling the game. My husband's boss wanted to get a couple of games going at his job but my hubby said no, he was addicted and would not get any work done. Regina, Covington, Ky

I'm from cincinnati, and i just last year moved to michigan and the trend is getting hot up here. They are all calling it " Polish Horseshoes". I just laugh and tell them that we call it Cornhole. Oh well they will get it soon enough.

Me and my roomates made it our first priority to build a cornhole set when we started our second year at Purdue. Every weekend we invite people over to party and cornhole. I call it a "backstop" whenever a bag lands behind the hole because any bag that slides up the middle hits the "backstop" and goes in.
Craig,West Lafayette, IN

I'm from Central Connecticut and I was recently introduced to the game commonly known as "cornhole". This game proved to be a blast for all ages. I enjoyed the game so much I thought I'd try to get more info online and build some boards myself. We played a little differently though...No points for bags on the board,one point for each one in and only one team could score in an 'inning' i.e. if team #1 threw two in the hole (2 pts) and team #2 had one bag left and sank the bag in the hole, team #2 would "steal" the points and have 3 pts. Games were played to 21 also.This game is catching on quickly around here on the East Coast.
Doug, Wallingford, CT

Some other terms we use:
"Pusher" - We use this term for when a bag stops just short of the hole because you try to use subsequent bags to push it in.
"12-pack" - All four bags in the hole (because you get 12 points). Also, we use "4-bagger" instead of "4-banger".
A funny note: when we got married, my husband gave cornhole sets to all his groomsmen. The guys still say it was the best gift we could have given them!
Rachel, Greenfield, IN

i was in cincy for the reds/indians game and went to my cousins cook out. they were throwing bags in a hole it was funny and addicting. i went home to indy and made my own. we have major cook outs every weekend 20-50 people with massive tournaments that go on all day until we can't stand. we use to just stand aroud and drink, now we have corn hole. thankyou so much cincy and i'm spreading the word around here.
sean indianapolis,indiana

I don't know who invented the game, but the first time I ever played it was in 1974 at a friends family reunion. My girlfriend's father, Cal Conner, was the first person I ever met who owned the game. He told me he played it when he was a kid. He made new boxes in 1970 and started playing again. the terminology is about the same as todays CORNHOLE, but they called it BEANBAG. The boxes were white with a 1" black circle painted around the hole to make it appear bigger than it really was. Cal's family was from Orrville Ohio, the same place where SMUCKER'S Jelly is made. I don't know if this is where the game was invented, but it's certainly played there and has been for a long time.
Frank, Monroe Ohio

I'm in the military and i have a buddy from Ohio who introduced me to the game. We all love it and play offten. We just finished adding two more sets to our collection of boards. I plan on makeing it big in Maryland.
Scott, USMC

I am from Minneapolis, MN. My brother introduced our family to Cornhole (or Bags as we refer to it) in 2001 after he picked it up from some fishing buddies in South Dakota during their opener that year. Needless to say our family is addicted to this great game and I in turn have spread it amongst my friends and theirs - I'm always giving out specs or building sets for them. Our boards are slightly different, as are the other "official" specs you'll find on the net. Either way the game is essentially the same and we all love it right.
My brother just built a new home and had a 14' ceiling put in his 3 car garage so we can play all winter long.
Oh and we call any bag put in the hole a "Pighole".
I'm working on a set of clear plexiglass boxes (roughed or sprayed to prevent too much bag slippage). They will have lights, speakers and a LED scoreboard underneath. A friend and I are working on a RFID tag system for the scoring and lights/sounds go off in relation to your shots. I'll submit photos when it's complete.
Colby, Minneapolis, MN

I have been playing bags for the last 10 years, but we always played you have
to land on 21. If you were to go over you had to go back to 13. It seems it makes the game a little bit more intense and strategical towards the end of the game. Any comments on that.
Matt, Minneapolis, MN.

7/13/04 - This guy has been trying for a while, if nothing else it's pretty amusing... enjoy!
True Way Cornhole was Invented!
One Late and Crazy night, my grandfather and Granny got in a fight. She wanted him to build her a rocking chair, but while drinking heavily he didn't care.
She went crying and jumped in the bed, and he started hammering so the legend is said. What started as a chair turned into a box, with a grapefruit size hole close to the top. Smiling when finished he grabbed his bag of nails, staggering 30 or so feet backwards he gave them a sail. Although 3 sheets he threw it right in, and Cornhole he yelled for some odd reason. He smashed the bottle over is head, and ran and got my granny out of the bed. Off to town they went that day, and sold the idea for millions they say. Although gramps and granny we haven't seen again, there said to be on an island in the middle of the ocean, they say at night when the waves crash and roll, you can hear old gramps and granny whispering CORNHOLE!
Zach Scott

I just visited my friend Dale, near Mason, OH (North of Cincy) and he had 3 sets of cornhole boards at his Pigroast. This is the first time I've seen the game. It was the Hit of the party and people were playing non-stop and forming lines to play next. I liked it better than horseshoes and found it much safer for kids and Drunks alike. Me and "East-Sider Jeff" were, ahem, lucky enough to win 5 games in a row to go undefeated. I plan on spreading this game around Southern Maryland next. Thanks Dale and Family... LuckySully.

I just got a cornhole set for fathers day (what a great gift). I brought it with me to Hilton Head where we rented a large house with four other couples who hadn't played before. It was a big hit and we played the entire week - we got some strange looks but it was great yelling "cornhole". It will travel with me on my next vacation and of course all tailgating events for sure!
Kevin-Florence, KY

We call all 4 in the hole a 4 banger, but no terminology is used for any other combinations of bags in the hole. Kids love the game and woman can play too. When I was growing up, it was only grown men who played horseshoes. We're having 10 boards at my buddy's house for the 4th of July and are expecting big tournaments of possibly 60 teams or more. It's going to be a great time.
Kevin-Cincinnati, Ohio

My brother-in-law, Jerry, lives in Cincinnati, OH. He kept telling us Minnesotan's about this "fun game" they play there..Cornhole. We all said "Yeah right. Sounds hokey."
Well for Christmas 2002 he made me a game as My Present. I was very skeptical but brought the boards up to the lake for the Forth of July last year. We usually have about 30 to 40 freinds and relatives of all ages up over the Forth. I set up the game with Jerry's help and we started to play. By the end of the day we had been completely won over. The game was in constant use for the entire weekend. The game was played every time we were at the lake.
Over this past winter there have been a minmum of eight new games made in our family alone and my wife has been busy making "official" bags. (bags are now being ordered from the internet as she has put her foot down and will make no more) There are several tournaments scheduled for this summer. The most important of which will be held at Rabbit Lake this Forth of July.
My Brother-in-Law is acting very smug thinking just because he is from Cincinnati, "The Birthplace of Cornhole" that he has an edge. He will learn that in Cornhole, there is no Edge.
Paul, Golden valley, MN

A month ago, my boss, Chris announced he was going to have a cookout for all his employee's and asked for game suggestions. I said "Lets play cornhole". I used to play it in the bar at the bowling alley all the time. All my co-workers looked at me like I was crazy as they'd never heard of it. The next thing I know Chris is pulling up the spec's online to make the boards. When we arrived at his house he had signs every where, saying "Get cornholed here" and "This way to the corn field". There were also ears of corn hung everywhere. Little did I know that cornhole would be the theme for the party. We all palyed, tournament style, he even made a cornhole trophey out of a bottle of wine. I've now got a lot of my co-workers, who'd never heard of it, loving the game. We've since borrowed the set my boss made and played it at 2 cookouts this past weekend. It's turely a game for all ages. My kids age 7 and 13 love to play...they are pretty good too.
Stacey, Kettering, OH

A month ago, my boss, Chris announced he was going to have a cookout for all his employee's and asked for game suggestions. I said "Lets play cornhole". I used to play it in the bar at the bowling alley all the time. All my co-workers looked at me like I was crazy as they'd never heard of it. The next thing I know Chris is pulling up the spec's online to make the boards. When we arrived at his house he had signs every where, saying "Get cornholed here" and "This way to the corn field". There were also ears of corn hung everywhere. Little did I know that cornhole would be the theme for the party. We all palyed, tournament style, he even made a cornhole trophey out of a bottle of wine. I've now got a lot of my co-workers, who'd never heard of it, loving the game. We've since borrowed the set my boss made and played it at 2 cookouts this past weekend. It's turely a game for all ages. My kids age 7 and 13 love to play...they are pretty good too.
Stacey, Kettering, OH

A month ago, my boss, Chris announced he was going to have a cookout for all his employee's and asked for game suggestions. I said "Lets play cornhole". I used to play it in the bar at the bowling alley all the time. All my co-workers looked at me like I was crazy as they'd never heard of it. The next thing I know Chris is pulling up the spec's online to make the boards. When we arrived at his house he had signs every where, saying "Get cornholed here" and "This way to the corn field". There were also ears of corn hung everywhere. Little did I know that cornhole would be the theme for the party. We all palyed, tournament style, he even made a cornhole trophey out of a bottle of wine. I've now got a lot of my co-workers, who'd never heard of it, loving the game. We've since borrowed the set my boss made and played it at 2 cookouts this past weekend. It's turely a game for all ages. My kids age 7 and 13 love to play...they are pretty good too.
Stacey, Kettering, OH

I've been playing Bean Bags (We've never called it corn hole since we fill our bags with soy beans) my whole life. Here's some of the terminology that I've grown up around. Just wondered if anyone else has heard anything similar.

"4 Banged" - When a player makes all four bags in one round.
"3 Popped" - When a player makes 3 out of four bags in one round.
"Blocker" - A bag that lands in front of the hole, making it harder for the opposing player to slide his/her bag in.

I picked the game up at the University of Dayton over the past few years. It is incredibly fun, especially when drinking heavily. My friends and I call a holed bag, a "bloosh." We call two in on the same turn a "double bloosh," three in a "triple bloosh," and finally all four in was dubbed an "Iron Pony"
John - Dayton, Ohio

My grandfather, Brian Freeman said he invented the game back in the 50's. The reason he said that he invented it was that people kept getting hurt throwing horseshoes while drunk, so he wanted a safe alternative to pass the time and something portable to move with the trailer. So, he came up with it. He is a big drinker and full of crap, but who knows?
Jeremy Float The Bus, OH

One of the big tournaments is in Bellville Texas at the Austin county fair grounds Oct. 10th. We play pretty much the same rules except our bags weigh about 1 3/4 - 2 pnds. There is also alot of different tournaments between now and than in Austin county. We are always playing late at night when we have get togethers. I love this game!!! Is there anyway you cornholians can come to Texas.
Felix Martinez Wallis, Texas

Back in the late seventies my nephew gave me dimensions for a bean bag game. I built one using tempered hardboard for the top with a 5" hole. Bags were made of burlap. It worked great and everyone loved the game. It's long since gone, but now my kids want one for my grandkid's grad party. Lo & behold, it's called "Cornhole" & there's a website! We played to 15 so the game went faster.
Jerry, Mineral City OH

We camp at Long's Retreat in Latham Ohio and last year there were a couple of other campers playing cornhole, so far this year I have seen at least ten playing. We just started playing this year and saw that almost everyone had a different rules. I just made copies of the official rules to pass along down there, because we are going to have tournaments over the 4th of July. This game is so much fun that we are giving up horseshoes.

Columbus, Ohio

4/7/2004 - This one is great!
We play Corn Hole on the top of our houseboats at Lake Cumberland in Kentucky. We have to be a little careful with our pitches or it's in the lake! We have a blast with this game. The Gator Dock Gangs, Lake Cumberland, Kentucky

The Bean Bag game has been around for a very long time, however the Board was very small and the hole was larger. The corn hole game as described here was invented by farmers in Indiana (one of the largest corn growing states). In Indiana the Boards varied from 12 to 14 feet and the bags are always filled with corn, which the farmers always had plenty of.

3 /25/2004
My brother, myself, and his friends have come up with some "homefield" rules. The one that is the most feared is - if you lose 21-0, you may not play for an entire month. We have had several close calls and finally in ONE day, 4 people were banned from playing for one month. The problem was that 2 of the "banned" players are the only ones with cornhole sets. Ironic, huh.

Birmingham, AL
3 /1/2004
I am not sure about the origination of the game but the first time I actually played was the summer of 2002 at a friend's house during a couples wedding shower. Their friends from Indiana made the game for them as a gift. Since then I have been making and selling the boards and bags. We have a tournament every time we are all together. My husband went to a local trophy shop and had a trophy made. Currently I hold the trophy! Daphne C., Erlanger, KY

My husband and I live in Virginia and spend our weekends on the beach in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. We lived in Northern Kentucky area (around Cincy) for 3 years, and our friend, Beth and her family taught us cornhole. We fell in love with it and when we moved back home to Virgina, we told our Virginia and N. Carolina friends about it. Now we all have our own boards built specially by a N. CArolina friend, Brian, and we play all the time at the beach and at home. My twin sister, Paula and her family and friends in Georgia got hooked on when they came to visit last fall, and now they have built their own sets and play all the time in Georgia too! It is also our intention to get it going in Connecticut with the rest of my family! Glad to do our part to spread the Cornhole Joy! Pam & Bobby of Buffalo Junction, VA!

I went down to a Bengal's game and everywhere you looked Cornhole,Cornhole, Cornhole.I now make them and enjoy painting all those crazy designs on them .I can't even keep a set for my self because I always end up selling it .My sets have been sent all over this wonderful country,Thank you Cincinnati .


My husband and I first saw the corn hole game in 1998 when we bought into a private Indiana campground. We have a large circle of friends who spend weekends at the camp and Friday and Saturday nights are spent participating in our own corn hole (or bean bag) tournaments. We draw for partners so the "sharp shooters" don't clobber the rest of us. I brought back some gold beads from New Orleans and at night's end, the winning team takes home "the gold." We also take pictures of the winners (to send out with Christmas cards in the off season). The winners bring the "gold" to whichever campsite is hosting the next tournament and the beads are recycled.

We've gone "high tech" with an eraseable board for the scorekeeper so he/she can tally not only the score, but the nightly wins and losses. Our corn hole boxes have lights underneath and wire baskets (so we can just scoop the bags out).

In the past few years, other groups of campers have begun their own corn hole traditions and long after we settle in for the night, the thump thump of corn hole bags can be heard throughout the campground. We have found that this is a game where folks of all ages can play together. It's a great sport.

2/18 /2004
I went to college at Bowling Green State University and lived with a kid from Cincy who showed us the game. I now live in Youngstown, Ohio and we had a July tournament with about 20 teams. It's a great game that everyone can play and have fun with

Really, now. Cornhole? And you think that this game is new? Duh? Think again, fellow Americans? The game has been around for thousands of years. According to Elephantine Payrus 5th cent. writings, Barnabus Salivius was working on a math theorem and got disgusted with the results of his calculations. He busted up his slates and threw them out over the edge of the roof where he was working. A passerby in the street below was knocked unconscious and run over by a Chariot. Lucky him! Alleged reports state that the man's name was Ceaser Cornelius, a Holy man. Hence the name "Corn Hole" became the name of the game. Another one submitted by Charlie S., San Diego, CA.

To My Friends at www.cornholegame.org

Thank you for providing a place to learn and share about the game of Cornhole on the internet. I can remember playing the game at all of my cousins and friends birthday parties as we grew up. It was fun and harmless compared to Jarts (lawn darts), when almost killed our dog, Irving. Not sure why those were ever invented, but someone out there had a pretty warped mind and method of getting kids to aireate their parents lawn with hole.

Again, thank you! And God Bless.
Charlie S., San Diego, CA

Me and my family just came back from Colombia, South America for the holidays, My wife is from there and had a big family reunion. Anyway, we were in this small town called Marsella, Colombia. It is a beautiful town with wonderful people. My wifes cousin takes me around town and we find these guys playing this game. It is the same desigh of corn hole, except they use clay at about the same angle as the board surface. They have a thick steel ring where the hole is. They place folded paper with gunpowder in it. One is at top side of ring and one at bottom of ring.They use these stones that are like tea cup shaped and toss them at the far side trying to hit paper with gunpowder inside, if your stone hits paper it blows up.You get 10 points , if know ones stone hits paper and goes bang the one with there stone closes to ring gets 1 point.Losers buys winning team a round of beer.It is not easy like corn hole the stones weigh about 5 pounds each.It was alot of fun ,My team did get get to drink beer too.Any how this game is called "Tejo", this is spanish, spoken it sounds like " ta ho". But this game is exactly like corn hole but alot harder and little more dangerous. This game has been played in colombia south america when my wifes father was a kid and her grandfather when he was a kid. I dont know if this is where it came from but the both games have exactly to the tee the same desigh. Thanks for reading hope this might shed a light. Jeff from springboro , ohio
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We play this game in and around Sealy, Tx.. We call it Bean Bags, the only difference that I see is we play with 1 3/4 - 2 pound bags. We play all of the time, it's fun. As a matter of fact we will be holding a tournament at a friends house on New Years Eve. I believe this game was invented in Sealy, Texas.

Cornhole originated on the west side of Cincinnati. All the Price hill people try to take all the credit for it. But me being a person who lives in White Oak knows that we invented it. It really doesn't matter who invented it. The fun of having the bragging rights of inventing it adds to the fun of the game. Who cares who invented it, all that matters is that its a great game not only to play with friends while drinkn a beer durings the summer, but is also fun while playing in a big tournament with people you dont know. 

I think that cornhole originated somewhere in Indiana. Every time I go to my friends house, and every place I went to a graduation party, there was cornhole. I live in Indiana, But i go to school in Detroit, MI. When I tell my friends in detroit about cornhole, they think i'm retarded. So I am making a cornhole set right now in woodshop, so that I can spread the good news about cornhole.

A wise man named Raul Anthony Navarrete Jr. invented this game while he was watching sports center on ESPN one afternoon. He was eating food in his dorm room and designed the game by putting a styrofoam cup in the middle of the room, and took a ziplock bag that had NIU's pb&j sandwich as the bean bag. It spread wildly throughout campus, and soon he was famous for his game. He was awarded the nobel peace prize for his efforts and is now a legend among NIU alum.

Sent 10/21/2003
We play this game all the time in Bellbrook, Ohio. We love it. It's great! Much better than horse shoes! The reason I'm e-mailing you is, this is funny.
I work on an assembly line. We got bored one day, found a box about the size of the board, cut a hole in it, propped it up with other boxes and used that for the board.... lol We then got gloves and filled them up with screws. We found black tape and some red tape. We then wrapped the different colored tape around the gloves filled with the screws to secure them and used them as the bean bags. We had a ball. It made the day go much faster too! LOL Too Funny! You can make this game out of just about anything you can find!

Sent 10/20/2003
A funny story was told to me about it. It's rather simple. Cornhole was invented because horseshoes were too dangerous for drunk people to play. The end.

Sent 10/20/2003
The game originated in Harrison, OH, just outside Cincinnati. I have been playing it all my childhood. It is just now catching on in the rest of the Cincinnati area. 

Sent 10/20/2003
I live in Detroit but grew up in Cincy and I'm spreading the craze up here. We play a "Lazy Man" version of cornhole in which there are chairs located on either side of the board, and a cooler behind each board. Players must remain seated at all times, even while reaching back into the cooler for a beverage. Therefore, if your teammate has a bad throw, you loose the use of that bag unless you decide to take the 1 point penalty for getting out of your chair to retrieve said bag. I have reintroduced this version to several friends in Cincinnati, and I'm sure that it is the direction cornhole is headed in for the future.

Sent 10/12/2003
When we were growing up in Stanton, Kentucky our granddad (Orbin) made up a game and called it "Red Eye". It's the same game with almost exact rules as "Corn Hole" but our hole was in the middle of the board and not on top. We did not have the sewn bags, but we used old work gloves (sewn together) filled with seed. To this day I still prefer gloves over a bag, but hey, I guess it's all what your used to.
Anyhoo, granddad took his game to a few other small towns in Kentucky when he went to sell some of his crop, and from what he told us the game was a hit. Next thing we knew we were helping granddad make these boards and sew gloves up so he could sell them in town.
Now, I'm not sure if this is THE beginning of what you now call "corn hole" but I do know that granddad was madder than spit when the people changed the name (I never knew what it was called) because they didn't like "Red Eye". 

Sent 10/6/2003
My aunt told me that in Union Kentucky, when they would bring corn to market, they didn't want to haul all the corn back to the farm if it didn't sell, they'd pick out the "iffy" ears of corn and toss them to a "free" box for people to pick through after they were gone. It got to be a game to see how many ears would land in the farthest box. 

Sent 10/1/03
My name is JT and my father builds the cornhole boards and makes the bags. We play almost daily, and we are having a huge tournament on Oct.4. It is a great game in that it is challenging but everyone can play, even my grandparents enjoy it. It is really taking off in the Toledo area.

Sent 9/9/03
This game has roots on the Southern shores of Lake Erie on Cleveland's East Side (Euclid/Edgecliff area). Some say it came down from Canada, but I don't want to give the Canucks any credit. Actually, I think it was brought to Cleveland's East Side with the significant Irish immigration to East Cleveland in the late 19th century. The Irish immigrants brought the game to the Cleveland mills where they played on shift breaks and it spread from there.

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