Clermont, Florida will be participating in the Florida Championship of Cornhole. The American Cornhole Association (ACA) is bringing the popular game to our local area. Gates open up at 2 p.m. May 24 and extends through May 25 at the Clermont Arts and Recreation Center, 3700 S. U.S. Highway 27. Registration is open to Florida residents to participate.

ORIGIN STORY

Cornhole has been a long tradition in the USA. It dates back so far the origin story has basically become a guessing game. There are theories that rage from residents in the Cincinnati, Ohio area, who say bags were filled with Kernels and tossed into plywood ; to a pioneer by the name of Jedediah McGillicuddy who use to play a version of the game in Kentucky. Stories that Native Americans in Illinois used dried animal bladders stuffed with corn to compete in the tossing game. The farthest story hails from a German farmer. He believed Germany was where the game got its start. Bottom line…everyone wants some credit in the discovery of this crowd gathering game.

SO, WHO CAN ACTUALLY PLAY

Unquestionably cornhole has become a classic game. It has become the staple game for college tailgate parties, state fairs, and backyard cookouts. Companies are using the beloved game in the workplace to promote a positive environment.  Designed for an equal opportunity to win among woman and men the game can get pretty competitive.

STANDARDS FOR CORNHOLE BOARDS AND BAGS

The ACA has adopted the following equipment specifications and standards:

Each board shall be a 47.5 to 48 inch by 23.5 to 24 inch rectangle made of plywood that is at least a 0.5 inch thick. The hole in the board shall be 6 inches in diameter. Its center shall be 9 inches from the top and 12 inches from each side of the board edges. The front of the board shall be 3-4 inches from bottom to top. The back of the board shall be approximately 12 inches from ground to the highest point of the deck.

The cornhole bags should be made from two fabric squares 6.25 square inches with a 0.25 inch stitched seam on all four sides. Bags should be made from durable fabric. Each bag shall be filled with approximately 2 cups of feed corn and finished bags should be roughly 6 square inches and weigh 14-16 ounces. 

HOW TO PLAY

While there are many ways to play cornhole the general rules are both players must stay in their own lane for the duration of the game. Players alternate pitching their bags until all four bags have been pitched. They then walk to the other end of their lane to take score after before resuming the game.  The standard score of 21 indicates that the player has won. If the bag lands on the top of the board you receive 1 point. If the bag is thrown through the hole or knocked through by another bag you receive 3 points.

 

For more information on the event please visit: https://www.clermontfl.gov/events/florida-cornhole-championships.stml

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