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The History of Cornhole

Who knows the real History of Cornhole?  There are many different origin stories, all claiming to be the one “true story”.   From what we have gathered here at World Championship of Cornhole,  all we really know is that no one really knows.   The most common story know comes out of Cincinnati,  this is where the game was patented  and started its U.S. spread.  It was a small farm town outside of Cincinnati where the game got it’s start.  It’s said that for many in this small town, Cornhole was a popular after work activity.

Another story involves another 19th century Midwestern farmer by the name of Jebediah McGillicuddy (yes, that was his real name). The tale states that Jebediah would routinely create and sell his popular game to people from town across the country.  Thus starting the spread of the game.

Now lets jump to an overseas tale where the Germans claim they own the history of Cornhole.  In this story however no bean bags were involved.  The tale states that German soldiers in the 1700’s would cut a hole into an old piece of wood and toss rocks through the hole and the first to seven would win.

Whatever its true origins are, the game of cornhole has emerged as a favorite pastime in the United States since about 15 years ago and soon spread like wildfire to back yards, beaches, breweries, and campgrounds across the United States.

One thing we can all agree on is our love for the game,  if you are interested in learning more check out the wikipedia page on Cornhole at

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cornhole

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