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Why Is The Midwest Crazy For This Backyard Game?

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Anyone who has ever traveled to the midwest over the summer has surely noticed an obsession over a simple backyard game. The game goes by the name of cornhole, corntoss, and people in the Chicago area refer to it as bean bags or bags. Whatever the name is, the result is the same and that’s that the midwest is a hot bed of cornhole game activity and that doesn’t appear to be slowing. Each year, larger and larger tournaments are announced and there are some organizations that claim that cornhole will eventually broadcast on ESPN!

For those unfamiliar with the game, it involves two platforms or boards and 8 sets of bags. The goal is to pair up in teams of two and take turns tossing each of the teams four bags onto the opposing team’s board. Some might remember this game or a variation of this game from their youth. The question is, how did the game go from being a sleepy kids game to a staple in every college town in America. Well, for one its a game that everyone can play. No longer do you have to worry about matching up skill levels in order to get a fair game. Another reason is that it’s a relaxing game where you can socialize with people in and out of the game while still focusing on your play. And finally, college kids have found that it’s one of the few games that allows them to hold a can of beer while thowing!

So, where will it end for this game? Is it just a fad that will soon die off? It doesn’t appear that it is anytime soon. The game is a staple at any BBQ or summer party that happens in Chicago, Ohio, or Kentucky. Many manufacturers of cornhole products are reporting that they are seeing increased orders from the coasts and other areas of the country that were never exposed to the game. So, who knows? Before you know it, you might see some players competing on late night ESPN!