DELPHOS— The next big trend in Limaland? Think axe throwing, with a side of beer.
The nationwide phenomenon made its way to Delphos with the Axe Cave, which made its debut in the summer of 2019.
Located inside children’s entertainment center Kangaroo Cave, the Axe Cave is becoming a popular destination for date nights, bachelor parties and friend outings.
The concept is simple: Rent a lane, bring your own beer, and see who can hit the most bullseyes in an hour — or two — of competitive axe throwing.
Kevin Wieging, owner of UltraSound Special Events and the Kangaroo Cave, stumbled upon the idea for the Axe Cave while searching for something new and exciting to bring back to Limaland.
“It sounds, I guess, sexy and dangerous that you’re throwing an axe,” Wieging said, “but once people get here and start doing it, then they understand that it’s not as extreme as what is perceived.”
Wieging has observed growing demand for “adventure-tainment,” such as ziplining, rock climbing and, of course, axe throwing. So he transformed a portion of the Kangaroo Cave (think children’s bounce castles and giant inflatables) into axe lanes that closely resemble batting cages.
Each lane is separated by fencing to prevent accidents. While adults over 21 are allowed to bring their own alcoholic beverages onsite for their axe throwing session, a throwing coach is on hand to demonstrate proper technique and maintain a safe atmosphere.
Sticking an axe is an art of its own, with several throwing techniques available.
“It’s not automatic,” Wieging said. But with the help of the throwing coach and some practice, Wieging has seen a diverse clientele learn to stick an axe, a skill most people never thought they’d need.
The Axe Cave has appealed to a wide demographic. Thus far, Wieging has hosted everyone from families and couples to bachelorette parties, corporate team building sessions and even the Delphos Rotary Club — people looking for something new, something different.
Reach Mackenzi Klemann at 567-242-0456.