Axe throwing grows in popularity as second world championship nears

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Axe throwing has gained popularity all over the world, and in Sioux Falls, it's gaining quite a bit of attention as well. JJ's Axes & Ales opened up less than two months ago. It's one of two axe throwing businesses in the city, but JJ's is the only business that serves beer and wine at its location.

JJ's has a throwing league that is part of the World Axe Throwing League. One is just wrapping up, but another one will start the beginning of 2019. Throwing axes has become so popular that there is now a world championship for it. This year, it will be broadcast live on ESPN3 for the first time. It is on December 15th in Chicago, IL. Axe throwing actually started in Canada because people were looking for something to do indoors during the winter. There is now a movement to get it sanctioned as an Olympic sport.

Only people over the age of 21 can participate in axe throwing at JJ's Axes & Ales, but on Sunday, there is a family day. No alcohol will be served on Sunday from 11:00 AM until 5:00 PM because people 14 years old or older will be able to participate. Kids between 14 and 17 years old can throw for half price but need to be accompanied by an adult.

You're encouraged to book a lane ahead of time. You can book 1 hour slots and up to 2 hour slots. When you arrive, you will have to sign a waiver, then an axepert is assigned to your lane. The axepert is there the whole time to help guide you through the art of axe throwing to help you succeed. It costs $30 per person for a 60 minute session, $45 per person for a 90 minute session, or $60 per person for a session for 120 minutes. If you book a lane with 8 or more people, the group rate is $200 for 60 minutes. You can only have 10 people per lane.