ICYMI, a new place is opening up in Rochester, Minnesota called Chip Shots that is going to have a great, big space for bean bag tournaments.  I know a ton of people that are super excited that another spot for fun is opening in the med city. But here's a fun question that has also been circulating around town...what do we really call that game with the bean bags?  Is it bean bags?  Cornhole?  Or a completely different name?

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Photo by Austin Distel on Unsplash
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Do People in Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin Call the Popular Tailgating Game "Bags" or "Cornhole"?

A few years ago, I was introduced to this game that had 2 big boards with round holes in them and was told to try to throw a bag of corn in the hole.  I was told at that point that the game was called "Cornhole" so that's what I've been calling it for years.  I've lived in Minnesota this entire time and even heard other people call it "Cornhole".  Lately though, I'm hearing more and more people refer to this popular tailgating game as "bags".

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Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash
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What do the experts say is the name of the popular tailgating game?

Here's a little bit of research that I found about the name of the game of bags that you throw in a hole:

  • According to sbnation.com, this game has a ton of different names but they are saying that Minnesota and Iowa officially use the name "Cornhole".  They even have a map that showcases the different names that are said throughout the states here.
  • There is an American Cornhole Association and they even sell swag!  See it all here.

Whether you call the game cornhole, corn hole toss, bag toss, bean bag toss, tailgate toss, baggo, or hillbilly toss, the rules for how to play this popular outdoor lawn game are the same. - playcornhole.com

Looks like the official name is "cornhole" but like playcornhole.com stated, whatever name you decide to call the game, the rules are all the same.

What do you call the popular tailgating game?

I'd love to hear your answer!  Just send me a note on my Facebook page - Jessica On The Radio or check out the Facebook post below and add your vote to it.

List of stores and restaurants that are now located in the old Shopko North building in Rochester

Rochester has a bunch of buildings that could be repurposed and I'm really excited to see the changes that have happened at the old Shopko North store.  Change is hard for a lot of us and when we hear new things are happening it is hard to envision what that might eventually look like, but I have 2 thumbs up to the new look and revamp of this building!
If you haven't been in the restaurant or ventured to this part of Rochester lately, here's what you will now see in the old Shopko North building, including the brand new place that put its rather large sign up near the movie theatre: