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Monday, July 4

Cornhole: My First Time

Some things are just so much fun it’s hard to describe the feeling you get doing them! I just spent the holiday with some good friends (and some people I hadn’t met before) cornholing.

Those of you who never cornholed before don’t know what you’re missing and really should try it. Cornholing is just that enjoyable! In fact, it’s can be a lot of entertainment for the whole family! You can cornhole with just two people, but it’s a lot more fun with four or more. And even if you can’t participate, just watching others cornhole is entertaining and could stimulate you to get into it whole heartedly!

Trying to get your bags close to or into that hole can be a real challenge. If you miss the hole or just come close, don’t worry, you get more chances to pop one into that opening to score. Of course, you can score for just getting close but the goal is to get into that hole or at least get your bag close!

It’s a great game and really lots of fun for everyone. Did I mention this is a game similar to horseshoes? Oops! My Bad!

For those of you whose curiosity is piqued, playing “cornhole” is a new fad. You don’t need to worry about digging pits like horseshoes or driving stakes in the ground or clubbing someone silly with a heavy horseshoe (by drunken accident or on purpose!). There’s even an organization to help you get started playing the game. You can build your own cornhole setup or you can buy one online or even at some sporting goods stores.

Here is the url for the American Cornhole Association:
playcornhole
And here are the rules:
playcornhole rules

If you’d like to build your own cornhole set, here’s a link to one of many that will guide you through the procedure:(or just google cornhole - but use caution! LOL!)
cornhole how to play

To play a game of Cornhole you need two specially made platforms with a six inch “cornhole” in each.

As I said before, it’s a lot of fun, You throw 4 small sacks (per team) of corn (1 pound of shelled corn in each 6 inch square duck cloth bag) toward a latex painted plywood platform 27 feet away. The platform is 4 feet by 2 feet with one side elevated to 12 inches off the ground. There is a 6 inch diameter hole centered 9 inches from the far end and 12 inches from each side.

The object is much like horseshoes. You toss the bags in sequence with your opponent and try to get your bag into the hole. That counts for 3 points. Getting a bag to stay anywhere on the platform is 1 point. Bouncing off the ground onto the board doesn't count at all!

If you and your opponent each has a bag on the board, unlike horseshoes, it doesn’t matter which is closest to the hole, both cancel each other out.
If you have two bags on the board and your opponent has one, you subtract the least bags of one color from the most bags of the other color and get that many points. (Player one has 3 bags on the board and player 2 has 1, so the scoring would be 3 minus 1 or 2 points for player one).

If a bag goes into the cornhole it’s 3 points unless countered by your opponent canceling your scoring "cornhole." The scoring goes the same whether the bags are in the hole and/or on the board. You play the best of 3 games with 21 points being the goal.

Some of the designs for the boards are extremely well done, from “football fields” and sports logos to pictures of people, pets and other things. I’ve even seen one of attractive young ladies in various poses (ahem!)

It was a lot of fun. Brackets were set up for competition for the “July Madness.”
Winners got varying prizes and there was even a “losers” bracket set up to see which team was really the worst!

I really recommend building or buying a set and go out and have a great time. It’s much safer than horseshoes and so far, it hasn’t been banned (yet) by Congress like Lawn Darts!

Here are some pictures. Enjoy the game.


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