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The game of cornhole is played from parties to tailgating lots across the United States. There are many legends about the game’s origins. These stories have varied by region and country. Some of the most popular theories credit the intervention to everyone from a German farmer to Native Americans.

Cornhole May Have German Roots

The first story attributes the game of cornhole to a German farmer around 1325. He was walking home and saw young boys throwing rocks into a large hole. The farmer asked the boys to stop so they would not get hurt. They ignored the farmer and refused to stop their game. He went home and filled old cloth swatches with dried corn kernels. When he returned to the boys’ spot, he could not find them. He came back home and played the game with his own friends and family. German immigrants brought the cornhole game to the colonies with them. Cornhole was lost to time until it was rediscovered in Kentucky around the 1900s.

Early American Cornhole

The second theory brings the invention of cornhole to the United States. A Midwest farmer was credited with inventing the game in the 1900s. He created the game as a way to pass time between his farm work. There are other people who give credit to the Blackhawk tribe in the Midwest. They took pigs’ bladders and filled them with dried beans. The sacks were tossed in a fashion similar to today’s modern game.

Cornhole Popularized by Cincinnati Bar Patrons

The first documented cornhole games occurred in a west side Cincinnati bar. The games slowly begin to gain a loyal following of fans. Cornhole became a popular past time for groups and tailgating parties in the city. The bag game slowly began to show up in other areas across the United States. Since that time, it has become a tailgate mainstay at many parties across the country.

Cornhole remains a popular game. Many people customize their boards with paint and cornhole lights. You can find a customized board to help you have fun at your next party.

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