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A History of Cornhole




Cornhole has become a beloved American pastime, enjoyed at backyard barbecues, tailgate parties, and competitive/professional tournaments alike. But where did this game come from, and how did it become so popular?


The origins of cornhole are somewhat unclear, but it is believed to have originated in the Midwest in the 19th century. According to some sources, the game was originally played using dried-up ears of corn and a small hole in the ground. The modern version of the game, however, uses wooden boards with a circular hole in the center and corn-filled/ or resin pellet bags.


Cornhole gained popularity in the 1970s and 80s as a popular backyard game, but it wasn't until the early 2000s that it began to gain national attention. In 2003, the American Cornhole Association was founded, and the first Cornhole World Championship was held in Ohio the following year.


In 2015, the American Cornhole League (ACL) was founded, which has helped to bring professional cornhole to the forefront of the sports world. The ACL is the largest cornhole organization in the world, with over 20,000 members and hundreds of tournaments held each year. The organization has also partnered with ESPN and CBS Sports to broadcast tournaments and events, further increasing the visibility and popularity of the sport.


One important aspect of professional cornhole is the bags used in gameplay. The standard size for cornhole bags is 6 inches by 6 inches and they are typically filled with resin pellets. However, professional cornhole bags are made to strict specifications and have a specific weight and size, allowing for consistency and fair play.


Professional cornhole bags are often made of a durable fabric and are double-stitched to prevent splitting during gameplay. They may also be filled with a specific type of material, such as whole kernel corn or a synthetic resin, which provides a consistent feel and weight. Different brands of bags may have slight variations in weight, texture, and filling, allowing players to choose the bags that best suit their playing style.


In conclusion, cornhole has a rich history that has evolved over the years, from playing with dried-up ears of corn to the professional tournaments we see today. The American Cornhole League has helped to elevate the sport to new heights, with professional cornhole bags being an essential element in gameplay. Whether you're playing in your backyard or watching a professional tournament, cornhole is a game that brings people together and is sure to be enjoyed for years to come.


If you're in Utah and looking to play some cornhole—join us for competitive cornhole tournaments in Salt Lake, Utah County, the Wasatch Back and our other locations around the state. Click here: https://www.cornholeutah.com/weekly-events

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