On November 2, 3, and 4, Buggy Barn Museum will be hosting the world championship knife-throwing competitions. Noted knife thrower Mike “Alamo” Bainton and other members of the International Knife Throwers Hall of Fame will be performing. Competitors from all over the world will be traveling to Blanco to participate and display their precision knife-throwing skills.
The admission to the event is $10/day or $20 for the weekend, and children under 5 years old are free. For the price of admission, you’ll get the 11th annual Knife and Tomahawk World Championship Contest, entrance to the Buggy Barn Museum, carriage rides, kids corral, exhibits at Carriage Hills Ranch, a variety of chuck wagons, silent auctions, food vendors, entertainment of Jack Dagger, Dan Mink, and One Sharp Marriage, and musical entertainment of Jean Prescott and K.R. Wood. There will be a chuck wagon cook-off on Saturday with a full meal that can be purchased for $10/plate, and there will be a dance Saturday night with an entrance fee of $10/person.
The weekend in November will also mark the opening of the International Knife Throwers Hall of Fame at its new home at Buggy Barn Museum.
In 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, and 2009, Dr. Bainton was the uncontested overall knife-throwing world champion and missed the 2006 world championship by one point. The event was won by 2006 World Champion Bob “Old Dog” Pyle. Michael J. Bainton, Ph.D., of Austin, Texas, is founder of the International Knife Throwers Hall of Fame. He started throwing knives late in life.
Since 2003, he has won first place in 30 national championships and 17 world championship events, making him the most prolific knife-throwing champion in the history of the sport, with a total of 47. This is another record with the Guinness Book of World Records, with 30 or more competitors. He is also the only thrower to ever make a perfect score in the impalement contest at the world championships in Claremore, Oklahoma, in 2005 and won seven of the world championship events in Las Vegas in 2004. He is thought to be the number one thrower in the world today, with world championships in conventional throwing, impalement, fast draw, obstacle course, and three world championships in tomahawk throwing, and two national titles in mountain man throwing. His accomplishments are recorded in the International Knife Throwers Hall of Fame website, ikthof.com, and the Guinness Book of World Records for 2008.
Buggy Barn Museum is located at 19151 N. Highway 281 in Blanco. Call 830-833-5708 or 210-862-1132, or visit buggybarnmuseum.com.