The American Cornhole Association, like the game of cornhole itself, originated on Cincinnati’s west side.
The group is devoted to the popular bean-bag toss game, and is now scheduling full-fledged tournaments. In Bridgetown, Cheviot and Covedale, to name a few, the game is played with such fervor that some residents have 2-by-4 cornhole boxes permanently set up in their basements. But organizers want to spread to the east side, and beyond. (There’s also the American Cornhole Organization based here in town, as well.)

The game’s origin — and name — comes from early players on the city’s farms who filled work gloves with spare corn kernels to create the bean bags. Soon added was a slanted board with a grapefruit-size hole; hence, the “corn” and the “hole.” The rules are basic (though can vary slightly from group to group): A successful toss through the hole, creatively termed a “cornhole,” is worth three points; the first side to reach 21 points wins. An “ace” (merely getting the bag on the board) is worth one point. A “Mary Ellen” is a toss that falls short of the board.

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