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5 Games to Spice Up Your Tailgate Party

7 December 2009 No Comment

tailgating cornholeWhile some tailgaters are content to sit back, hoist beers, and watch one of the early games on a portable TV, others need to keep moving around.  They will prefer to jump around, mingle a bit, and stay warm.  Here are a few ideas on easy toys/games to set up at your tailgate to keep folks entertained while you are working the grill.

5. Spot the Drunkest Guy in the Parking Lot – a classic.  Everybody knows the rules.  Really, just about everybody is a winner here.  There is only one loser.

4. Giant Jenga – why not?  This probably isn’t a difficult game to build at home and is an unusual twist on a game your friends already know.

3. Tailgate Golf – a pretty easy setup.  Sometimes called ladder golf or lasso golf, tailgate golf isn’t what you might picture.  It is actually a set of three parallel rungs that you and your opponent lob a string with a golf ball on each end.  The goal is to land all three throws on one horizontal bar or land all three on different bars.

2. Cornhole (also called Bean Bag Toss) – a classic and simple design, cornhole is simply 6 beanbags and 2 boards with holes in them.  Place the boards at opposite ends and pair up with a partner.  Take turns throwing the bean bags back and forth as you would do in shuffleboard.  There is a whole hidden world to this cornhole thing, so plenty of information out there on rules and standards if you are interested.  Warning: this one gets quite addictive.  You can even find official NFL and NCAA cornhole equipment out there too.

1. Football – really, nothing is more pure than firing a football back and forth in the parking lot, arcing it over parked cars and other tailgaters.  Get an official team mini-ball, which opens it up more to the ladies and younger crowd.

These games will not only keep your buddies entertained, but will draw the attention of other nearby parties, pulling them in and uniting everyone in the important cause of preparing for the game.

Photo courtesy of alex_ford.

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