Okay, that may not be the best name but chances are, you're going to be playing Cornhole at Countryfest, right? Well, here are tips, tricks, and some house rules you should follow while you do!

Have you ever played Cornhole before? We've hosted tournaments, we've seen the competitions all over the Capital Region but now, you're entering our domain and you need to know our house rules!

Now, our rules for Cornhole aren't really different from the official rules (except that you need to be playing WGNA while you're tossing). Cornhole is a minimum of two players. To start the game, it's usually the home team that goes first but this time, we're saying the team who has been to Countryfest the most times - you go first!

The point values go as follows:

  • Bean bag goes in the hole - 3 points
  • Bean bag knocked into hole by another bag - 3 points
  • Landing on board but not in hole - 1 point
  • Landing on board but touching the ground - 0 points
  • Landing anywhere other than the board or in the hole - 0 points
  • Landing on board after hitting ground - 0 points and removed from board
  • Bean bag on board but knocked off by another bag - 0 points
  • Person turns off WGNA - deduct 2 points
  • Person hits someone with bag - frowned upon, but still 0 points
  • Person who said they were gonna bring chips/food but left them in their kitchen - go back and get the chips, that person's team loses 1 point
  • Friend is late to the show and you end up missing part of Brandon Lay's set - 1 point added per friend that's late (that sucks, come inside anyway btw and hang out with us!)

Now, the important part is to win the game right? Thrillist recently posted some tips and tricks that may take you to the winning score.

First, don't throw it right to the board. That gives it more of a chance to slide or bounce off. The best way, is to give it a solid arc so that when it falls on the board, it's with enough force to keep it steady.

Second, you may not want to step when you throw. Apparently, it's just another thing you have to get right and it's shown by professionals to not benefit the throw in any way. Take your stance, root into the ground, then throw.

Third, when you're throwing the bag, don't just grab it by the corners. Apparently, the best way to throw is like a frisbee. Imagine the bag is a frisbee and throw. The most important thing is to keep it flat but add a bit of spin.

Now, enjoy Countryfest, practice your Cornhole and we'll see you July 6th at SPAC with Old Dominion, Eli Young Band, Big & Rich, Brandon Lay, Caylee Hammack, and more!