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Square dancing has such an intriguing history that it’s a shame so many people haven’t had the pleasure of exposure. It’s almost as if the attitudes toward dance supported by Cicero and Aristotle have reentered humanity hundreds of years after they’d expired.

Dance and music, Aristotle believed, were not for professional people and should never even be pursued by the like. In fact, he went so far as to imply it was an art for slaves and foreigners.

Similarly, Cicero apparently thought dance only entered one’s life when drunk or mentally ill.  What an unfortunate thought process, and how much these men missed out on! Sadly, without funding, these arts can go the way of the dinosaur (or at least the philosophical ones).

Your square dancing club is in a unique position to battle this possibility. However, like all other clubs there are costs incurred and as people become less and less familiar with the joy found in square dancing, the monetary supports will wane too.

That’s why we’d like to suggest to you the incredible concept of hosting a cornhole fundraiser for your square dancing club. Much like square dancing, cornhole has a vivid and vast history.

Find a venue

Once you’ve come to the conclusion that cornhole could very well bring a revival in the square dance movement, you’ll need to find a venue.

Cornhole probably fits well in most square dancing establishments as they both require a rather large space to maneuver in. If you’re able to set up an indoor experience you’ll enable your fundraiser to be in effect rain or shine (which is, of course, ideal).

Measure your space so that you can determine how many cornhole courts you’ll be able to make available while still providing space (and restrictive barriers) for spectators. A cornhole court should have at least 35 feet available because each board is 4 foot long and there has to be 27 feet between the two boards. This doesn’t take into account the throw line; so, it’s in your best interest to do a little investigation with regards to the rules and regulations.

Once you’ve determined how many courts you’ll be able to accommodate then you should be able to guesstimate the number of people that will be able to attend your fundraiser. It’s probably in your best interest to ensure that your venue will allow alcohol, as a lot of people like to throw back a beer or two in the midst of intense competition. Also, make sure you’re stocked up with water; rivalry can get you thirsty!

Let the Money Roll in

Here’s the thing, cornhole tournaments are relatively inexpensive to sponsor. People love them and will gladly pay entry fees for themselves or team members. Those who attend for the purpose of watching the competition will add to your fundraising ability by purchasing concessions from you. Therefore, you’ll be able to see the money roll in from entry fees and concession sales.

You might consider adding a square dancing competition, perhaps people could pay to dance with your professionals, or maybe they’d be willing to place wagers on some sort of dance off set up? Whether you include aspects of square dancing in your fundraising methodology is up to you.

We’ll just let you know that cornhole, itself, will bring in more money than you’d probably expect. Give it a chance!

Cornhole as a fundraiser for a square dancing club is a highly viable option. They both have way-back roots and an extensive and interesting history. Competitions can be done in your square dancing attire and in your square dancing hall if you so desire.

Also, you might consider getting other clubs to pay fees to compete against yours. The possibilities are endless because dancers and cornhole-lovers are flexible people.

Getting Your Gear

Unless all your members have their own cornhole game sets and are willing to let your cause borrow them, you’ll need to hunt for some tournament supplies.

Many cornhole suppliers let non-profit organizations rent the necessary supplies (cornhole boards and bags). For example, Custom Corntoss will gladly share their boards with anyone hosting a tournament.

If you choose to make this an annual activity, it would be better to have your own supply of cornhole boards and bags. You can even get customized sets that reflect your love of dance.

Contact Custom Corntoss. They can provide either sets to borrow or custom cornhole boards for sale. You’ll also need plenty of bags (a few extras on hand in case some accidentally walk out the door). Their blog also has specific tips about hosting a cornhole tournament.

Let us know what you think about this fundraising idea. Leave your thoughts in our comments section.

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