The Georgia-Kentucky game is just one of many things to look forward to this weekend. Leading up to the Oconee Chamber Fall Festival, the Watkinsville Tourist and Trade Association is hosting a “block party” on Main Street beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Friday. 

Activities include axe throwing at the Eagle Tavern and a dunking booth in which attendees can dunk The Oconee Enterprise Editor Michael Prochaska, Watkinsville Mayor Dave Shearon or Police Officer Mack Parks.

The dunking booth will be set up at the Ashford Methodist Church parking lot, along with Kona Ice, wilderness and survival company Georgia Bushcraft and popcorn from Cub Scout Pack No. 3537. 

Watkinsville First Christian Church will be serving bratwursts and hot dogs in their parking lot. Children can get their face painted or learn more about the Hardigree Wildlife Sanctuary. Local musician James Hunter will be playing at Pub on Main.

Those participating in axe throwing must be at least 14 years old and have parent permission if a minor. 

“Our cage is totally enclosed,” said Randy Booth, who operates the mobile axe-throwing business Axe to Grind with fellow Watkinsville resident Shay Evans.  

“Walls are 10 foot tall,” he said, explaining that only two participants and one instructor are allowed at a time and that safety guidelines are strictly adhered to.

Booth said axe throwing is a popular sport that even boasts a world championship televised on ESPN.

“I think in today’s society, where everything has gotten kinder and gentler with participation ribbons, people are really enjoying this individual sport that is so different,” he said.

Booth jokingly added, “My wife, as girly as she is, loves it. You don’t have to be a great athlete. It’s a sport that any adult can participate in.”

In other news, A car, truck and bike show is planned Sunday from 2-5 p.m. at the corner of Barnett Shoals and McRee Mill roads. General admission is $5 and entering a vehicle is $20. Proceeds will benefit firefighters, local law enforcement and EMTs, said organizer Danny Thompson. 

“In our first year, we had over 75 cars,” he said. “All makes and models, new and old, are welcome.” 

For more information, contact Thompson at (706) 215-3274. In case of inclement weather, a rain date will be announced. 

For more on this story, see the Oct. 17 edition of The Oconee Enterprise, on sale now at convenience stores and grocery stores and newspaper boxes throughout Oconee County. To subscribe, call (706) 769-5175 or visit the tab on our website. 

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