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Now that Summer is officially in full-swing, we'd like to elaborate on one of our favorite outdoor events.  Up for a game of horseshoes, some classic rock and a quarter-keg? Naw, that’s your fathers’ pastime. In the new millennium, if you’ve ventured into a Midwestern bar or attended a backyard barbecue, you’ve traded in those horseshoes for a set of corn-filled bean bags. Cornholing is the next great American pastime. The classic rock, however, is optional. Drinking? Now that’s a necessity when it comes the cornhole craze.
Also called Baggo or Softshoes, Cornholing is believed to have originated in Cincinnati, Ohio. Think of it as a corn-fed fusion of baseball and lawn darts (with a touch of the boardwalk carnival), but without the danger of a high and tight pitch causing an ER concussion or an errant lawn dart puncturing a foot.
Players stand 27 feet apart, facing a sloping board with a hole. The object of the game: toss the bean bag in the hole. Simple. If eye/hand coordination isn’t a strong suit, flip the bean bag on the board. A toss in the hole is worth three points, and a board shot is worth one point. The game is played, innings style, until a player or team team reaches 21.
Here’s the kicker. Points can cancel each other out. If player A tosses a bean bag and it lands in the hole, then Player B can erase those 3 points by matching Player A’s shot with a toss in the hole. The same holds true for a bag on the board toss. The only points that are scored per inning are the ones not canceled out.
Why is cornholing all the rage? Because anyone can play. It lacks The Great Gatsby sophistication of croquet, or the retiree stigma of shuffleboard. Where a wild horseshoe might have landed in a neighbor’s yard, breaking a flowerpot, no property destruction can be caused by a corn-filled bean bag. Does it have drinking game written all over it? You better believe it does.   
Here at The Lodge, Cornholing is our summer game of choice.

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