Cornhole Craze Brings Big Business To El Dorado County – CBS Sacramento

EL DORADO COUNTY (CBS13) – Cornhole Craze: It’s not just a game, it’s a lifestyle. It becomes so popular that a local couple make a living from it.

What began as a hobby for Rebecca Schwartz and her husband Joe has now made the couple one of the industry leaders in California.

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“We used to ask people to give us a chance to get this into their breweries and now we can’t keep up with all the requests to bring boards,” explained Rebecca.

OV Cornhole (OVC) started making boards in 2008. They build them from scratch and do their own designs all in the house.

El Dorado is one of three companies opening cornhole retail space in the state and is the only one in Northern California.

“Sometimes it’s really hard to know what you’re getting online. Being able to touch and feel things is a big deal, ”said Rebecca. “Demand, especially when COVID was true, has increased quite a bit on the manufacturing side. I think people were home and had more time to do things. “

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The popularity drives OVC sales, which went from a few hundred boards to a thousand per year.

So what’s the draw? Cornhole is not new, but it is gaining national attention with tournaments in the spotlight on channels like ESPN.

“You can play from a five-year-old to an 80-year-old, so there is no great physical requirement,” said Rebecca. “It’s a social game.”

The Schwartzes also founded the California Cornhole Association and host events to provide a network for cornhole players to participate in.

It’s the connections that were made through Cornhole. Schwartz just hopes to keep growing.

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“I think it’s the next best thing,” she said. “I think it could be, but I think it will only get bigger.”

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