before painting

Building Cornhole

What better way to have fun at an event then to play a little cornhole? Cornhole in some variation has been around for a long time. You might know it as bean bag toss. The object of the game is to get points by getting the bean bag into the hole or on the board. There are a few different ways you can play, but most involve scoring 1 point for the bag landing on the board and 3 points for getting it in the hole.

After some discussion we decided that having a cornhole set would be good. It could travel to events where people could play for fun or to win schwag. I decided it would also be much cheaper and more fun if we made the boards ourselves. After surfing the internet for a little while I decided I liked the directions that DIY Network gave for making the boards. I printed them out and headed to Lowes.

The first step was building the boards. This took place in my backyard for the most part. I ended up getting in a fight with my jigsaw and had to do some cutting back at the Trailblazer warehouse. Once the boards were built (and tested) we moved on to painting. At this point I handed over the project to Katie, our production assistant in marketing, and her artistic talents. I helped as much as I could, but she is a much better painter. Katie also sewed the bean bags together.

 

Low and behold we have our cornhole boards. You will notice that one says Denali and the other says Trailblazer. For those that don’t know Denali Stores, located in New Haven, Cheshire, and Wakefield, RI, are also part of the Trailblazer family. Having one board painted with each logo allows us to bring them to any event either store is at or puts on. If you see our tent at an event, come say hi and play some cornhole with us.

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