Cornhole is a game popular among Amish in some communities. I played it once in Ohio at an Amish birthday cookout. I’d say it’s got elements of horseshoes and shuffleboard to it.

If you’re not familiar with cornhole, it’s pretty simple. You’ve got two slightly elevated boards with a medium-sized hole towards one end of each board. You place them some distance apart and take tuns tossing bags toward the target. The surface of the boards is slick enough to allow the bag to slide when they land on it.

You can land the beanbag directly in the hole–a direct hit–or land it just in front, where if you’ve thrown it skillfully enough, the bag will slide forward into the hole. You get 1 point for having a bag anwhere on the board at the end of the round, and 3 for each bag you land in the hole. You can also use your toss to knock your opponent’s bag off the board. Not sure where the name of this game originates, perhaps dried corn was or is used as stuffing for the bags?

Here’s an ad for a cornhole board maker in Indiana (found in The People’s Exchange Amish ad paper). I got a kick out of some of the designs, which you can guess by their themes are marketed to a certain Amish clientele (how about that “Elk Slayer” board):

Cornhole Amish Game

Any fans of this game out there? And besides Holmes County, Ohio and northern Indiana, have you seen it in other Amish communities?

Cornhole is just one of those pleasingly old-fashioned-seeming pastimes that just seems to fit the Amish. Though I wonder if there isn’t a Cornhole iPhone app yet.

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