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Cornhole Bags - The Great Corn Or Plastic Bean Debate

If you are not familiar with the game of cornhole then you most likely have been living under a rock. The game with it's midwest roots has become quite popular in recent years and game sets are showing up everywhere. Check out any backyard party, tailgate party at a sporting event, or even at your local outdoor pub. You are sure to see a cornhole game set with people more than happy to play on them. Like anything else, innovation changes how things progress. Remember the saying "they don't make things like they used to"? That is going on in the cornhole world too. The debate is over which cornhole bag media or filling is better... corn or plastic?

When the game of cornhole was originally created the only bag filling used was corn. Hence the name... "cornhole". For most people this is the only respectable bag filling that one should use. Most tournaments require corn filled bags and usually supply them. Most "old school" players swear by them. But, there is another option that is creeping into cornhole stores online and in retail outlets. It's cornhole bags with plastic beads or pellets. Most likely they are coming from China instead of being manufactured in the heartland of America. There are apparently importing issues with corn and thus the cheaper alternative is to use little plastic corn replacements. As with most products, large companies have a tendency to source lower price alternatives to hand made local products. This is not necessarily a bad thing (think TV's and Computers).

True fans and experienced cornhole players scoff at the idea of playing with plastic instead of corn. The light dusting that the bags develop, the feel and bag sliding characteristics just can not not be duplicated with plastic beads or pellets. For these players there is only one material for cornhole bags. If concerns of bag life make you think that plastic would be better, you may want to rethink that as well. Bags typically wear out by the threads popping out after repeated throws on blacktop or concrete. So the filling material is irrelevant in this case.

Ultimately the decision is yours. You can purchase whatever cornhole bag that you like. If you are one who believes that things should be enjoyed as they were created, then you may want to make sure your cornhole bags actually contain corn. There is no denying that the original cornhole bag plays extremely well. For those with no regard for keeping this wonderful American game intact and true to it's roots, you can buy the plastic filled bags. Maybe you could even start selling them and call the game plastichole... Or not.