APPLETON, WIS. (WFRV) – Axe and knife throwers are aiming to be the best, The USA pro-am World Championship for the axe and knife throwing league is under way competitors say they are excited to show off their skills, and world champion Michael Kump has competed in the league for five years and says the competition allows him to improve as a thrower. 
“Everyone is a close-knit community and in addition to the competition you also have the community side when you can have a lot of fun and enjoy a good time with people,” explained Kump. 
The competition features more than 300 throwers from more than 30 states, director of sports Matt TenHaken says the competition will provide an economic boost for the Fox Cities. 
“We are expected half a million dollars to be the economic impact that these tourists are bringing to the area for businesses so it’s quite significant,” stated Matt TenHaken director of sports marketing at Fox Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau. 
As Kump competes for another title he encourages others to give the sport a throw. 
“Get a group of friends go out find a venue, it’ll cost you 20 to 30 bucks a person and you’re going to have a good time, have a couple of drinks, have some food, have some fun,” said Kump. 
The competition is happening until Sunday and is free for everyone to attend.