Buggy Barn Museum will be hosting a special preview this weekend on Saturday, August 4. Noted knife thrower Mike “Alamo” Bainton and other members of the International Knife Throwers Hall of Fame will be performing.
The museum with its collection of vintage buggies, coaches, and more will be open (admission $5). A chuck wagon meal will be served up ($5 per plate) along with Western music and entertainment, a Bowie knife collection on display, and carriage rides (for a minimal charge).
There will be a lot of talent on display, says museum owner Dennis Moore.
What’s this weekend’s event previewing? On November 2, 3, and 4, Buggy Barn Museum will be hosting the world championship knife-throwing competitions. Competitors from all over the world will be traveling to Blanco to participate and display their precision knife-throwing skills. A chuck wagon cook-off, with entertainment and dancing, accompanies the event.
“It’s a world class event,” Moore says, “with entertainment all weekend.”
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.
Buggy Barn Museum is located at 19151 N. Highway 281 in Blanco. For more information, call 830-833-5708 or 210-862-1132, or visit buggybarnmuseum.com.
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, 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.