A Cornhole set can increasingly be found around the corner from us. Many more people play the Bean Bag Toss game or "Baggo" in the parks, gardens, sports clubs and parties! Cornhole was therefore one of the few games that was still found to be Corona-proof. But where does Cornhole actually come from?

A Cornhole set can be found around the corner more and more often. Last summer I saw many people from young to old playing the Bean Bag Toss game or “Baggo” in the parks, gardens, sports clubs and parties! Cornhole was therefore one of the few games that was still found to be Corona-proof. Cornhole is rapidly gaining popularity in the Netherlands and other parts of Europe and often after an intense and competitive game the same question is asked: “Where did Cornhole come from?” As the starting point of Cornhole in the Netherlands, it was our task to delve further into this!

Roots of Cornhole
To find out the roots of Cornhole we have to make an overseas trip to the United States. If there's one city that's completely captivated by Cornhole, it's Cincinnati, located in the state of Ohio. It is therefore not surprising that the city claims to be the home of the game Cornhole. The city claims to be the first where residents filled bags with corn kernels and tried to throw them into holes.

Cincinnati faces competition from the American Midwest. Cornhole is immensely popular in the state of Kentucky. Now part of Midwestern culture is the story of pioneer Jebediah McGillicuddy, who is said to have played the first version of "Baggo" in Kentucky's distinctive mountain ranges, after which the game spread.

Of course, the pioneers from Cincinnati and Kentucky were not the first inhabitants of the American landscape. The legend tells the story of resourceful Native Americans who lived in Illinois. They would make bags out of dried bladders (Yes, bladders) and fill them with corn kernels and then play with them competitively. If you also happened to wonder how the first balloons were made, you now have two answers!

German influence on Cornhole
An alternative explanation brings us much closer to home, to our friendly German neighbours! America is characterized by gigantic farm landscapes and these farmers have traditionally come from our German neighbors. The story goes that German pioneer Matthias Kuepermann saw children throw stones into holes made in the ground. This gave the best man the idea to design bags and wooden boards for safety. The game would then have become very popular in yes: Cincinnati. Two points for the pioneers from Cincinnati.

Nevertheless, in addition to stories that have survived generations, there is also hard evidence for Cornhole's early roots in the United States. In 1883 Heyliger applied for the Windt's patent for "Parlor Quoits". In this game there was a square hole instead of a round hole in the board. This game was the first game recorded where bags filled with corn kernels were thrown at a wooden board with a hole in it.

Cornhole remains popular at all times
After a dive into the history of Cornhole, the question still remains where exactly the addictive Bean Bag game came from. Like agriculture, Cornhole probably originated in several places at the same time, although the origin is quite certainly in the United States. What is at least as important is what the different locations have in common, which are: good food, drinks, family, friends and a very good time. Cornhole proves to be timeless and the game can be enjoyed anywhere.

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