FARGO — Ax-throwing, an event commonly held at Stihl Timbersports competitions like the Lumberjack World Championships or the Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show, is gaining popularity very quickly — and the sport hit the bull's-eye in Fargo-Moorhead with the opening of Triple Ax in mid-March.
The Forum had to check out this new attraction, located at 5229 51st Ave. S., Fargo, so Features Reporter Emma Vatnsdal and I battled head-to-head to see who is the elite steel-slinger.
As it turned out, throwing sharp objects at a wooden target is absolutely as fun as it sounds.
I should have thrown on the lone flannel shirt in my closet — Emma, in her lumberjack attire, gracefully destroyed me.
Check out the video below to see us in action.
Searching for a mascot
In its current, young state, the walls of Triple Ax sit bare — something owners Marcel Baumgartner and Erik Kalberg are looking to change. Reaching out to the citizens of Fargo-Moorhead, they are holding a competition to see who can come up with a Triple Ax mascot.
"Right now, we're offering a $100 prize for someone to make us a mascot," Baumgartner says. "No specifications on what it is, we're gonna let them be imaginative and don't want to restrict. It can be any medium they want. We just have to have a photo submission, and that's linked on our website."
The submissions will go through a phase of being judged via likes and a voting system. From there, the Triple Ax staff and a panel of judges will sift through and pick a final winner. Contest entries need to be received by Sunday, March 31, to be eligible.
The winning logo will initially appear on T-shirts and the Triple Ax website. Down the line, the logo will also be displayed on the wall and more.
Baumgartner and Kalberg are also considering taking Triple Ax on the road.
"Once we get this up and running, we're looking at getting a mobile space going, a mobile event going," Baumgartner said. "So that if you have like a party or a bonfire somewhere, we'll be able to bring it there."
For more information, check out the Triple Ax website at www.tripleax.com.