Cornhole Fan Gear and its History

Very few players of Cornhole, that popular backyard game in which players try to toss a bag filled with dried corn kernels through a hole in a board, ever think about the origins of the game. That could be due to the many versions of the game’s beginnings that are espoused by the so-called game experts. Everything from ancient tribes to more recent origins in Ohio has circulated, but the defining beginnings of this popular game remain unsettled.

Many game historians believe that a German farmer was walking around in 1325 and witnessed boys playing a game in which they were attempting to heave heavy stones into a hole in the ground. He thought it was kind of dangerous for young kids to be throwing stones at each other and determined to make their game safer by using bags filled with corn, which could be tossed into a hole, hence the name Cornhole.

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This version seems to have legs as more recent history claims that the game began in Cincinnati, Ohio may have some merit due to the strong German origins of the city. Some say it is possible that descendants of the farmer arrived in the area and brought the concept of the game along with them.

Still others give credit to Jebediah Magillicutty, a Midwestern farmer for starting the game and still others lay claim to the game’s origins being in the foothills of Kentucky. This version could also add credence to the Cincinnati version, another Midwest city. One of the versions of history that does not appear to be disputed is that the game began to gain in popularity in about 1999.

The first documented Cornhole game was played on the west side of Cincinnati and became a popular diversion for backyard parties before expanding to bars and outdoor restaurants. Cincinnati Bengals fans are credited for taking the game to the stadium and playing during pre-game tailgate parties. Others saw the game and took it back to their hometowns.

Today, Cornhole boards are painted with more than a circle and an ear of corn just below the scoring hole. Cornhole games can be found with the logos and/or colors of all professional football teams. They have also expanded in other major sports as well as collegiate and even high school sports teams. To say the game was unleashed could be an understatement with the formation of the American Cornhole Association. The group sanctions tournaments as well as devising rules and regulations for the game. It also issues specifications for the game boards and distributes tournament brackets for the contests.

Whether you are a fan of the Bengals or the Pittsburgh Steelers or any other team in the National Football League, or any team in the NCAA, you can find a Cornhole game to show off your fan gear and fanaticism for your team. Football however, is not the only sport in which Cornhole games are dedicated. Entrepreneurs have developed game designs for nearly every sport on the planet with the board decoration and bag designs matching for competitive play.

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