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Cornhole History

There is much debate surrounding the history and origins of the game of cornhole.  Some people say that ancient civilizations invented cornhole by tossing rocks at holes in the ground.  Others say that cornhole the game was invented by Native Americans.  In particular, they cite the Blackhawk tribe in Illinois, who apparently filled pigs’ bladders with dried beans and tossed them competitively.

Moving forward in history, the Germans declare that they really invented cornhole, or the bags game.  Hence they cite the story of Matthias Kuepermann as their proof.  As the story goes, Kueppermann was in the fields one day and saw several boys tossing rocks at a hole.  Concerned for their safety (apparently their aim wasn’t the greatest), Kueppermann gave them burlap bags filled with a pound of corn and a wooden 6″ square box for a “goal.”  However, as corn prices rose over time, the popularity of cornhole all but died out.  Nevertheless, German immigrants began playing again in Cincinnati during the 1800’s where corn was available in abundance.

Still, others say it was not Kuepermann who invented cornhole, but rather Jebediah McGillicuddy.  As the story goes, this Kentucky farmer invented the game cornhole in the 1800’s.  Apparently, McGillicuddy devised cornhole as a fun game to play on the farm with friends and family.

And so the stories go…  Regardless though of which story you believe, there is no denying the fact that cornhole is a fun, family-friendly game.