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Outdoor Fun At the Lake: Cornhole

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Cornhole is a fun recreational activity similar to a bean bag toss game that is played on a lawn and requires players to throw bean bags at raised platforms. This has become a very popular game to play at picnics, tailgating and other social events.

The great thing about cornhole, is that you can build a cornhole set with just a few supplies. You can easily build a set, and start playing as soon as this weekend!

Regulations

The American Cornhole Association states that platforms must be 48” by 24” in a rectangle shape made from plywood of about ½ an inch thick. The front part of the platform will be about 2.5 to 4 inches in height and  the back will be about 12 inches or so off of the ground. Bags, according to regulation standards, need to be made out of a duck canvas filled with corn feed and can only be 6 inches wide.

a plane cornhole boardYou are able to purchase these bean bags online for about $30. There are also ones that are filled with plastic and that are weather proof, so if you leave the bean bags out in the rain they will not be damaged.

Fun to Play Anywhere, Anytime!

Cornhole has taken off in popularity thanks to its simplicity and ability to travel easily.

It is very common to see cornhole sets while tailgating for sports, at local breweries and pubs, and is even commonplace in a typical backyard.

It makes for a great yard game while grilling, particularly at the lake which provides spectacular views while the game is being played!

Supplies That You Will Need

The following is a list of  basic supplies to give you an idea of what you will need:

  • Two 24” by 48” plywood sections for the bean bag landing zone
  • Four 2×4 x 21” for the frame
  • Four 2×4 x 11 and a half pieces for the legs
  • Circular saw or jig saw
  • Drill
  • Router
  • Hardware for the frame

For fully detailed, step by step instructions on how to construct your own set visit the Cornhole How To website. In addition to the free information on how to build a set, they also offer an e-book for $4.99 that details more advanced techniques as well as step-by-step pictures.

A cornhole set can be a really fun game for you and your family. Whether you having a picnic or a cookout, or simply a fun Sunday afternoon, cornhole can be fun for everyone involved. It should not take more than a day to build your set and then you will be able to enjoy it any time you want.

 

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