Volunteers Needed

The Frankenmuth Civic Events Council is seeking persons interested in helping out with the 58th Annual Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival. If you or your group are interested, please let us know by completing the volunteer form.

Schedule of events

Thursday night:

Bavarian Princess Coronation & Opening Ceremonies

Brown Vest Presentation

Dick Krafft Award

Music, Dancing, Food & ice cold beer!


Ice Cold Beer
Amusement Rides
Sand Carving
German Car ShowFestival Olympics


German Food
Chicken Dinners

Ice Cold Beer
Amusement Rides
Kinder Parade
German Car Show
Euchre Tournament
Cornhole Tournament
Da Frankenmudda Fratz'n


THE Bavarian Festival Parade






Bavarian Festival Cornhole Rules

Let's begin with a reminder that this "tournament" is held in the true spirit of Gemütlichkeit. The intent is to provide an atmosphere of fun and social gathering as we celebrate our Bavarian heritage with anyone wanting to join in. Having said that, yes there is money involved so we'll lay out some basic understandings regarding playing and participation. A copy of these will be available for review the day of the Frankenmuth Bavarian festival Cornhole Tournament.

(adapted from the American Cornhole Association website located at http://www.playcornhole.org/rules.shtml)


Section A. Dimensions - The court will be as close to level as we can get it. It will be a rectangular area approximately 10 ft wide and close to 45 ft long (we have a forty five foot rope to lay the boards out but sometimes we have to Polka during set up). The court will obviously consist of two corn platforms. We will be following the recommendation of a north-south setting is recommended for outdoor courts to minimize the effects of the sun.

Section B. Pitcher's Box - The pitcher's box (took us three years to learn that term) is the rectangle 4 ft by 3 ft at each end of the court, parallel and on both sides of Cornhole platforms. Each contestant must remain in the pitchers box while pitching the corn bag.

Section C. Multiple Courts - To eliminate distraction and safely separate activity, Cornhole courts adjacent to each other will be pretty darn close to being a minimum of 10 feet apart.

Section D. Foul Lines - An imaginary line 30 ft. from the beginning of the hole in the opposite Cornhole platform and parallel to the front of the cornhole platform.


Section A. Equipment Standards

1.    Each Cornhole platform shall be a 48" x 24" rectangle made of half inch plywood.

2. The hole in the Cornhole platform is six inches in diameter and centered nine inches from the top and 12 inches from each side of the Cornhole platform edges (pretty close anyway, Hofbräu may have been present during the making of the "Cornhole platforms")

3. The front of the Cornhole platform is from 2-1/2” inches from bottom to top and be at near a 90-degree angle to the deck face.

4. The back of the Cornhole platform is 12 inches from ground to the highest point of the deck at a 90-degree angle to the deck face.

5. We use portable fold-down platforms.

6. The bags shall are made from two fabric squares with a quarter inch double stitched seam on all four sides (seriously this had to be spelled out in the ACA Rules?) Each bag is filled with approximately 2 cups of corn feed (Some of the bags from the first year actually got wet someplace and started growing in storage. We don't use those anymore.) They weigh between 14 and 16 ounces.

6(a). We DO allow the use of your own bags as long as EACH contestant/team agrees to their use before a match begins. If an agreement cannot be reached, by default, you will have to use ours.


All open adult contestants shall pitch from the pitcher’s box behind the 30 foot foul lines. Physically impaired adults or seniors may, if agreed by all contestants, observe the 21 foot foul lines.


Section A. Court Maintenance - Every effort is being made to keep the Cornhole play surface in a playing condition. Cornhole courts should be free of anything that might distract a contestant during play. Each contestant is responsible for making sure the court is in good playing condition prior to starting the match. During a match, a contestant shall not be allowed to alter the Cornhole court in any manner without the consent of the opponent or a tournament official.

Section B. Distractions During Play - Every effort shall be made to keep from distracting contestants during Cornhole play. Drinks and other personal belongings should be placed behind the cornhole platform in designated beverage holders or other secure locations to keep from distracting contestants. Seriously, we're here to have a great time so the tournament chairperson and their volunteers may offer incentives to keep the fun rolling but not interfere with the "competetive-ness" of those involved during play.


Section A. Doubles Play - Two contestants are partners against another team of two contestants. One member of each team pitches from one cornhole platform and the other members pitch from the other cornhole platform.

Section B. Innings - Every Cornhole match is broken down into innings of play. During each inning of play each contestant must pitch all four corn bags.

Section C. Value Of The Corn Bag -

1. Corn Bag In-The-Hole - A corn bag in-the-hole (or Hole-In) is a corn bag which is thrown through the hole in the cornhole platform or otherwise comes to rest inside the cornhole platform (knocked in by another player or an act of God). A corn bag in-the-hole has a value of three points. Note: if there is an "Act of God" see the guy named Jeff, he's buying.

2. Corn Bag In-The-Count - A corn bag that is not in-the-hole but lands with any portion of the corn bag resting on the cornhole platform is in-the-count. A corn bag in-the-count has a value of one point. For a corn bag to be in-the-count, it must not touch the ground or any other portion of the court prior to coming to rest on the cornhole platform. If a corn bag touches the ground before coming to rest on the cornhole platform, it is a foul and must be removed from the cornhole platform prior to the continuation of play.

3. Corn Bag Out-Of-The-Count - A corn bag which comes to rest anywhere except in-the-count or in-the-hole is out-of-the-count and has no scoring value. A corn bag which is declared to be a foul is considered to be out-of-the-count (no matter where it comes to rest) and must be removed from the cornhole surface prior to the continuation of play.

Section D. Delivery Of Corn Bags

1. The first side of contestants alternate pitching corn bags until they have thrown all four corn bags, then the remaining contestant (pitching from the other cornhole platform) continue to alternate in the same manner until all four corn bags are delivered and the inning completed.

2. A contestant may deliver the corn bag from either the left or right pitchers box (see above) but, in any one inning, all corn bags must be delivered from the same pitcher’s box. A contestant shall pitch the entire tournament with the same hand or arm, except in the case of a medical emergency.

3. Each individual contestant shall deliver the corn bag within 20 seconds. The time shall start when the contestant steps onto the pitcher’s box with the intention of pitching. (uh, we will not have shooting clocks on hand so let's try to just get the bags thrown in a timely manner. Okay?)

Section E. Pitching Rotation During The Game - The contestant who scored in the preceding inning shall pitch first in the next inning. If neither pitcher scores, the contestant who pitched second (last) in the preceding inning shall pitch first in the next inning.

Section F. Position Of Contestants During Delivery -

1. The pitcher must maintain constant contact with the designated pitcher’s box during the entire address and release of the corn bag.

2. If both contestants use the same pitchers box to deliver their corn bags, the contestant pitching first should cross over to the other pitchers box in front of the cornhole platform and then move to the proper position. (see #1 above) As the first contestant is crossing in front the second contestant should be crossing over in back and mounting the pitchers box from the rear. If both contestants use opposite pitchers boxes, the contestant who pitches first should step directly back to the proper position described in #1 of this section.

Section G. Foul Corn Bags - A foul corn bag is a corn bag which was delivered in non-compliance with one of the rules of the game. It scores as a corn bag out of the count and is to be removed from the Cornhole court before any more corn bags are pitched. Corn bags already in the court that have been knocked into foul territory by a foul corn bag should be returned to the scoring area. Additionally, corn bags that are in the count, but are knocked into the hole by a foul corn bag must be returned to their original scoring position.

1. The following are rule violations that must be spotted and called by an contestant or assigned judge. The penalty is to declare the corn bag a foul corn bag, which requires the corn bags to be removed from the court prior to resuming play.

(a) Any corn bag pitched when the contestant has made contact with or crossed over the foul line before the corn bag is released.

(b) Except as provided above, any corn bag pitched when the contestant has started or stepped completely outside the pitching box before releasing the corn bag.

(c) Any corn bag not delivered within the twenty second time limit.

(d) A corn bag pitched from a different pitchers box than the first corn bag.

(e) Any corn bag that contacted the court or the ground before coming to rest on the cornhole platform.

(f) Any corn bag which struck a previously defined object such as a tree limb, wire, indoor court ceiling, etc.

(g) Any corn bag that leaves a contestant's hand once the final forward swing of the delivery process has started shall count as a pitched corn bag. A corn bag that is accidentally dropped by a contestant before the final forward swing has started shall not be considered foul and may be picked up and pitched.

2. A contestant's corn bags shall be called foul if the contestant removes any corn bag before the scoring of that corn bag has been agreed upon. A judge shall be called if a decision cannot be reached. The judge shall determine the scoring for the inning.

Section H. Protests - If a contestant desires to make a protest, the protest shall be made to the judge or tournament official at the time the problem occurs. The tournament judge shall make the final ruling on all protests.


Section A. Point Limits - The Cornhole match shall be played until the first team of contestants reaches (or exceeds) 21 points at the completion of an inning. The winning team does not need to win by two or more points.

Section B. The Inning Must Be finished - The Cornhole match can never end in the middle of an inning. Thus, if a team that pitches first reaches or exceeds 21 points, the game can not end until the other side is allowed to pitch all of their corn bags and the inning is completed.

Section C. Ties At The End Of An Inning – If the Cornhole match is tied at 21 or more at the end of an inning, play continues until one team or the other achieves a higher score at the end of an inning and wins the match.

Section D. Skunks - The game shall be played to 21 unless a team scores 7 or more points at the end of an inning before their opponents score any points. It this case the game is a skunk and the team that scores 7 or more points wins the match.


Section A. Cancellation Scoring - In cancellation scoring, corn bags in-the-hole and corn bags in-the-count pitched by opponents during an inning or half of an inning in doubles play cancel each other out. Only non cancelled corn bags are counted in the score for the inning.

1. Corn Bags In-The-Hole – Hole-ins (HI’s) cancel each other. A corn bag in-the-hole of one contestant shall cancel a corn bag in-the-hole of his competitor and those corn bags shall not score any points. Any non cancelled corn bag in-the-hole scores three points.

2. Corn Bags In-The-Count – Corn bags in-the-count cancel each other. A corn bag in-the-count of one contestant shall cancel a corn bags in-the-count of the opponent and those corn bags shall not score any points. Any non cancelled corn bags in-the-count score one point each.

Section B. Score Calculation - Cancellation scoring may be easily calculated as follows: (Yep, this gets dicey)

1. The points of both contestants are calculated for hole-ins and in-the-count corn bags.

2. The points of the lowest scoring contestant for hole-in corn bags are subtracted from the points of the highest scoring contestant for hole-in corn bags. The result is the hole-in score for the highest scoring contestant. The hole-in score for the lowest scoring contestant is zero.

3. The points of the lowest scoring contestant for in-the-count corn bags are subtracted from the points of the highest scoring contestant for in-the-count corn bags. The result is the in-the-count score for the highest scoring contestant. The in-the-count score for the lowest scoring contestant is zero.

4. The hole-in score for each contestant is added to the in-the-count score for each contestant to derive the recorded score for the inning.

5. In this manner hole-in and in-the–count corn bags from each contestant or team of contestants are cancelled out and only non cancelled corn bags are counted in the score.

(We read this section 37 times. We believe we understand, but it sure is a lot of words to say "add your non-cancelled bag scores")


This is not a sanctioned tournament.


(This one is ours and it will not be negotiated. ACA is welcome to adapt it for their use.)