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New Mexico cornhole board declared world’s largest

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Headed for a Super Bowl party this weekend? Maybe a game of cornhole or two is on your agenda -- but we’re betting your board is a little smaller than this mammoth creation, certified by Guinness this week as the largest cornhole board in the world.

For the uninitiated, cornhole involves throwing corn bags at an inclined board with a hole in it. A regular appearance at tailgate parties around the Northeast and Midwest, it’s a simple game: players stand about ten yards away from the board and lob the bags at it, the idea being to land the bags in the hole, or, failing that, on the platform. Boards are normally four feet by two, but this particular one is a bit bigger. Ten times bigger, to be precise.

The 40-by-20-foot board is the work of Ephraim Ford, an engineer at New Mexico’s National Radio Astronomy Observatory, and was confirmed as a world record by Guinness this week. It’s built from the same materials as a typical cornhole board -- plywood and lumber -- and uses corn bags that are five feet long.

“I’ve built a few cornhole sets,” said Ford, who picked up the habit while at college in Iowa. “When I came back to New Mexico, I spread the word and got some friends to play it.”

Surprisingly, the super-sized game actually sounds like it’s just as much fun as its regular-scale sibling. Guinness requires that record constructions like Ford’s must be functional, so after spending five hours assembling the board, he spent the next couple playing on it. The bags weigh about 15 pounds each, he said, so it’s like throwing a large garbage bag.

Don’t expect it to be showing up at too many tailgate parties, though. Weighing in at about a ton, functional it might be, but portable it most certainly ain’t.

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