The inventors of cornhole eventually settled on the game’s corn-filled beanbags after discovering lead was too heavy, jelly too messy, and grenades too likely to end a game prematurely. Launch harmless projectiles with today's Groupon: for $15, you get one entry into HoleHeadz Fest 2011 from June 24–June 25 at Point Park in Carrollton (a $30 value).
The HoleHeadz Fest 2011 pits an unlimited number of cornhole fans against each other in a massive two-day championship featuring flying beanbags and $1,500 in cash prizes. For the uninitiated, cornhole is an addictive outdoor game that involves two slanted boards spaced 30 feet apart with a circular hole carved into each board. Two teammates stand behind each board and toss corn-filled bags into the hole of their opponents' board, much like throwing horseshoes or hurling water balloons at a moth-eaten sweater. Participants receive a random pairing with a cornhole partner and play in the first four tournaments, each of which carry a $200 prize purse. Top sack-slinging stars of the first four contests will gain entrance to the fifth and final tournament on Saturday evening, which boasts a $700-prize purse, including $300 for the winning duo.
American Cornhole LLC
Eight bags. Two platforms. Two six-inch holes. One distinctly American game. The origins of cornhole are shrouded in mystery. Some say it derives from a German game, while others claim it is a descendant of a similar sport played by Native Americans. But one thing is certain—it's serious business. That's why the American Cornhole Organization was formed in 2005. By setting the rules, establishing annual tournaments and competitions, and firmly banning the practice of using trained birds to dunk bags, these referees have codified the sport and elevate it to a professional level.
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