Why is it called cornhole?

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Playing with a cornhole setCornhole has grown exponentially in popularity over the last decade and it doesn’t look like it’s stopping anytime soon. Cornhole fits perfectly with classic American summer activities for its simplicity, transportable setup, and easy rules for any skill level. But where did cornhole come from and why is it called cornhole? There are a variety of sources claiming who exactly invented cornhole. Some say it was the Native Americans, while others insist it was a fourteenth-century German cabinet maker or a family-man Kentucky farmer. 

One of the most interesting (and consistent) legends says that Mr. Matthias Keupermann created the game after seeing local children inventively throw rocks into a groundhog hole for fun. Concerned for their safety, Keupermann used his skills as a cabinet maker to make boards of wood with similar sized holes so that the children could retrieve the rocks over and over again without worrying about the groundhog. He further improved this game by using bags of corn instead of rocks. And thus, the first cornhole set was made. At least according to legend.  

The outdoor game’s popularity spread across the United States about ten to fifteen years ago and has now become a staple of backyard barbecues, tailgating, campgrounds, beaches, and pubs. Great for all ages and abilities, cornhole levels the playing field with its simplicity and easy rules. It’s also easily portable, making it a no-brainer to throw it in the car on the way to a family gathering or bringing it to a sunny beach day.

Check out our Pro Cornhole Set, available in a portable 2x3 set or the regulation size 2x4 set. 

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