Main Street Kansas: Customers take a swing at axe throwing spot in Pittsburg

Main Street Kansas

It’s not unusual for bars to have pool or shuffleboard tournaments, but a new place in Kansas is all about axe throwing!     

Main Street Axe Company in Pittsburg is designed for top competition or just learning with friends!    

For Amy Redd, the sport really hit the mark. After her first try last fall, she said, “I kind of got hooked!” 

Turns out, Amy is a natural.  She won the league at Main Street, beating out other women and men. That qualified her for competition in the World Axe Throwing League championship in Chicago.

“It’s a good stress relief,” Amy said. “After a bad day, come up here and get all your stresses out.”

Axe throwing has become so popular, it’s the go-to sport for parties of all kinds, even kids’ birthdays! Anyone 12 and up can throw a hatchet.

“Yeah, it’s surprisingly wholesome, and families are our favorite people to have in here,” said owner, Michelle Fowler. “They’re competitive, supportive and rowdy, all at the same time.”

Even though beer is served, she says Main Street is not a bar atmosphere. 

Axe coaches like her husband, Ben, keep a watchful eye on safety, as they’re teaching new customers the sport.

“When you’re finished throwing, put the hatchet in the bucket,” instructed Ben to a group of friends, as he dropped the axe in a barrel of sand. He pointed to the perimeter of the throwing area. “The axe doesn’t leave the red tape.”

Even though Amy and others in the axe throwing league make it look easy, hitting the wooden target and getting the hatchet to stick takes lots of practice. 

One after another, axes hit the wall and drop, as customers groan in frustration.

“When you grip on the top part of the axe, you’ll get more rotation,” said Ben, as he demonstrated the correct form. “When you grip lower, you get less rotation.”

“If it’s hitting straight up and down, you can slide your hand down the axe handle to have it rotate a little bit more, and you can also move back a little more,” Ben instructed.

The Fowlers opened Main Street Axe Company last summer, with several lanes for throwing. An hour and a half costs $20 per person.

They promise that once you take a swing at it, axe throwing is addictive.

“Once you hit the target, it’s a feeling you want to have over and over again,” said Michelle.  “When people leave, they’re always smiling. That’s the coolest part about this.”

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