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By Carmen Ensinger
Not only does Greene County have its own axe throwing facility, that facility will also travel wherever it is needed.
Owned by Clint Newingham and Felicia Watson, S.S. Axe Throwing Co. is located at 505 State Street in White Hall, and while it might be off the beaten path, it is well worth the time and effort to Google the address to find their location.
“Our whole idea in starting this is to make axe throwing affordable for everyone to do,” Newingham said. “There are some places that are charging $25 per person per hour. Our price is $10 per person per hour or $6 for half an hour. We want everyone to be able to at least try it out and if they like it be able to come back and do it on a regular basis.”
They have gone through certification to be certified axe throwing coaches where they can teach people the right way to throw the axes. Anyone between the ages of 14-17 can throw with a parent or guardian present and if they sign a release and anyone 18 or older can participate without a parent or guardian.
Watson said she wanted to see something for the kids to do in the area.
“There is really not much, other than sports, for kids around here to do,” she said. “So we decided to offer something different and unique for the teenagers to try to get into and enjoy.”
Plus, axe throwing is the “in” thing right now.
“It is something new and it seems to be taking off all over the place right now,” Newingham said. “There is a new place that opened up in Jerseyville and there is a place in Quincy. We figured we would offer the people of Greene County a place to go to enjoy it without driving so far, especially with gas over $5 a gallon now.”
In addition to the axe throwing stalls at their White Hall location, they also have a mobile trailer that they will be taking to events, such as the White Hall Fourth of July celebration and Greene County Days, plus they are open for private parties.
“We checked into the rates of the other places and they are like $400 and $600 for two hours and $150 for each additional hour,” Newingham said. “We are really trying to cute the rates down to make it feasible for people so our rate is $300 for two hours and $100 per hour after that. Of course, you get an attendant with the trailer to be there the whole time to assist with the throwing and coaching.”
If the kids want to throw axes, but you’re not so keen, you can always try your hand at the bags and hone your skills for the upcoming tournaments coming up.
On July 2, they will be hosting a bags tournament and an axe tournament with 100 percent payout and S.S. Axe Co. donating $100 to the pot.
There will also be a band, the very popular Bongo Jack out of St. Louis and a food truck to ease the hunger pangs.
A similar event was held back in April and since then, the couple has had to build a parking lot across the street.
“At our last event, we had between 150 and 200 people attend,” Newingham said. “Because we live in a residential neighborhood, with that many cars, you can imagine that the neighbors weren’t too happy. So, we purchased the lot across the street and made a parking lot.”
Here is the best part of all – it is BYOB – Bring Your Own Beverage – whatever it may be.
“As long as you are 21 and have an ID, you are welcome to bring any kind of canned beverage you like,” Newingham said. “We built this very nice beverage garden out here, but was denied a liquor license so our loss is the people’s gain because now they can just bring their own.”