2014 Lizzie Borden Axe-Throwing Contest

Check out the Results of the 2014 Lizzie Borden Axe Throwing Contest.


Here’s what the media is saying about the Lizzie Borden Axe-Throwing Contest:

Arlington Resident Wins Lizzie Borden Axe-Throwing Competition, Falls Church News Press, August 6, 2014

(Photo: News-Press)

Photo: News Press

American Legion Post 130 Gears Up for Axe Throwing, Falls Church News Press, July 30, 2014

Lizzie Borden in a digital world, South Coast Today, August 6, 2014

Mondo Lizzie, July 21, 2013

Plus, there’s lots of other brief mentions around the web.



Post 130 thanks everyone for the fantastic turn-out for Lizzie Borden 2014!  We had 31 contestants and at least 40 spectators attend the event.

We are currently wrapping up the final details of the contest and you can expect the following to be posted in the next week:

  • Photos of the event
  • Individual scores
  • Certificates of ranking for individual contestants

We are always working towards making a more fun and better organized event.  Please stop by Post 130 and let us know what you’d like to see next year or e-mail the event manager and referee (the guy in the red shirt) at firstvice ( at ) post130.org.

What was your favorite part?

  • Pint glasses with the Lizzie Borden logo
  • The food
  • The raffles
  • The music
  • The price
  • The beer
  • The way the contest was run

We also want to express our gratitude to the individuals and businesses which supported us:

  • Bonita Woods Wellness Institute for providing and cooking fantastic hamburgers and hotdogs (www.BonitaWoods.org)
  • Red, Hot, and Blue Restaurant, Falls Church
  • The Josh Allen Band
  • Mike Strickler for preparing the axes and building the targets
  • Walt Moore for preparing the grounds for the contest

We are also thinking about having a few other competitions throughout the year.  What do you think?



Schedule: Saturday, August 2

10 a.m.: Registration opens.  Axe-throwing and safety instruction provided.

11 a.m.: Contest begins.

3 to 4 p.m.: Estimated time the contest will end.  Points will be tallied and awards will be given to the top three contestants.

4 p.m.: Post-contest festivities begin.  Horseshoe pit will open for a horseshoe throwing tournament; no cost to participate.  The hall and club bar will be open and selling craft beer for quenching your thirst.  We will have the raffle drawing for the 50/50 and the SOG Tactical Tomahawk.

9 p.m.: The event is officially over.  Post 130′s club and bar area may remain open, subject to the manager’s discretion.


Who will be named Master of the Axe (or Mistress of the Axe) at the Fourth Annual Lizzie Borden Axe-Throwing Contest held at the American Legion Post 130, 400 N. Oak Street, Falls Church, Virginia on August 2?
Contestants will throw tomahawk-sized axes at targets made of poplar wood, accumulating points and vying for rankings and prizes. Not only will the winner receive the august title of Master or Mistress of the Axe, but will also receive an SOG Tactical Tomahawk in recognition of skill. Medals will be awarded to the winner as well as the second and third place contestants. All contestants will be awarded an axe-throwing ranking based on the official Lizzie Borden tournament rules, similar to other sports rankings. Contestants will also receive a 16-ounce pint glass with the official Lizzie Borden Axe-Throwing logo.
Veterans understand the importance of safety and Legion organizers will provide instruction and practice on proper throwing technique and, of course, safety, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. At 11 a.m. the competition starts. A food truck will be on site to satisfy the hunger of contestants and spectators.
At 4 p.m., the axe-throwing lanes close for the day and the post-contest celebration starts. Post 130 will have Heavy Seas craft beer on tap and Lizzie Borden Axe-Throwing pint glasses for sale. There will be a 50/50 raffle drawing and a raffle drawing for another SOG Tactical Tomahawk. Still interested in competition? There will be a horseshoe throwing tournament after the contest as well as beanbag toss and billiards during the contest.
If you are a veteran and have considered joining the American Legion, this is a great time to join. Post 130 will sign up veterans at a discounted rate when the veteran presents a copy of his or her DD-214, Virginia veterans’ identification, or current military identification.
The cost of competition is $15 for early bird registration (until July 25), $20 for regular registration, $60 for a group registration of 5 contestants, and free for spectators. Tickets can be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lizzie-borden-axe-throwing-contest-tickets-11685089417. Spectators can attend for free but Post 130 asks requests that they RSVP via Eventbrite. Rules and other information are posted on the Legion’s website, http://post130.org. The competition is open to individuals 18 years of age and older.

Axe Throwing Liability Waiver

American Legion Axe Throwing Rules

Classification Reference Chart Axe Throwing