Three Ways to Host Your Next Cornhole Tourney

A simple, easy-to-play, but addicting game might just be the most fun you can have during a backyard barbecue.

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The game of cornhole just might be the most fun you can have with a piece of wood and pouch full of grain.GoSports

Picnics, beach trips, family reunions, and just about any outdoor gathering are all enhanced by a little friendly competition. Not since Roman soldiers invented horseshoe pitching has a tossing contest become so popular as the beanbag-filled game known as cornhole. Although tossing grain-stuffed sacks at a target has likely been around for a century or more, only in the last decade has cornhole become a full-blown phenomenon of family fun. Here are three ways to get in the game.

Plain and Simple

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You can find a cornhole board with nearly any logo or paint scheme you think might psyche out your opponents.GoSports

All you really need are eight bean- or corn-filled bags and two angled boards with a hole in each. Buying blank target boards allows you to customize the surface with any logo, team name, or family crest appropriate to your competitive set.

Portable Games

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If you don’t want to haul heavy boards wherever you’re partying, get a lightweight, collapsible game.Himal

While a solid wood cornhole board is most traditional, a mesh or synthetic game set is lighter and more portable. They fold up into a handy tote bag perfect for setting up play on the beach or any location where hauling wooden boards is impractical.

All-American Boards

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Nothing screams “America!” more than a stars-and-stripes cornhole game.Tailgating Pros

Purportedly invented in the maize-rich farmland of the Midwest, a friendly game of cornhole is about as American as mom’s apple pie and the Fourth of July. Show your true colors by flying the flag while tossing some bags at any outdoor event.

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