My name is Mike Stumm and I made my first cornhole set back in 2009 for myself which I still use however it is nowhere near the quality of what I offer today. I then made a set here and there for a family member or friend. In February 2012, I donated a set for a silent auction fundraiser for my buddy who was diagnosed with cancer. The response was overwhelming and I had numerous people asking me to make them a set and asked how much I charged. I decided to make a batch of 5 sets to figure out cost and time and Stumm’s Cornhole was born. Things quickly took off from word of mouth and online advertising.
I converted my unfinished basement into a sectioned workshop – one area for woodworking and another two areas for painting and finishing. See the pictures below for the MN Tailgate workshop. I constantly improved my design and quality through a few iterations. Since the beginning of 2013, I proudly offer what I believe to be the best design for hand crafted cornhole sets. MN Tailgate was founded in late 2013 but officially launched in August 2014. At the year end of 2014, MN Tailgate has made over 5300 cornhole bags and 325 cornhole board sets!
MN Tailgate is a small operation consisting of two people. My wife helps out with marketing, bags and mock-ups when she has time. Otherwise I build/paint/stain/finish boards and make the bags myself! We both work fulltime jobs and make these on the side. I treat this as a second job and put in as much time as I can to get orders out the door as soon as capable and focus on customer satisfaction.