Flatiron Cornhole: Tally Towers

SUTTAL3POD The Sturdy-Up™ Tally Tower was the company’s very first product. I designed it as a replacement for the flimsy scoreboards being used in tournaments at the time. Wind would often blow them over during a match, and they were hard to read from the other side of the court.

After several generations, the end result was a very simple design that combined an inexpensive telescoping light stand tripod with an aluminum sign.

Unfortunately there isn’t a lot of demand for score keeping devices in this game, despite how essential they are for serious play. The demand that does exist seems to be for tournament use, which is of course a small part of the market, or for serving as a drink holder. Nevertheless, this design is very elegant and well-suited to its purpose. And it’s simple enough and economical enough to be profitable selling in small quantities.

I’ve traveled the U.S. participating in events on both coasts, Canada and Mexico. Nowhere have I seen or used score towers made as well as the Sturdy-Up Tally Tower.
– Vic Bradford, Cornbag Cup Champion

Two early designs include this PVC model and this tabletop version. PVC proved too easy to break and too vulnerable to long term exposure to the elements. The tabletop design was great for indoor courts at bars, but there aren’t many of those.

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Customizing the scoreboards for bars was a nice promotional tool to sell full sets. This sort of vanity marketing is big in this game. Score boards with licensed team logos would probably sell well. If I were to pursue this market in the future, I might offer web-uploadable / customizable graphics.

Below are some of the web pages used to promote the different models.

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