Want to know how to show your kids a good time this weekend? Take them to the Hammer-In at the Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View.
I am neither a bladesmith, or a knife enthusiast, but I went to the event last year with my family and we were fascinated by the skill of the knife makers in the cutting competition. In this event, knife makers work their way through a sort of obstacle course cutting soft things like a rope and straw as well as hard things like golf balls and two by fours, all with the same knife. My seven year old loved it and we have a treasure box of cut up rope, and sliced tennis balls, water bottles and golf balls that he gathered from the site.
The 4th annual Hammer-In will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 9. At 10 a.m. there will be a cutting demonstration and a chance for people to try their hand at wielding a knife through the course. BladeSports master cutters will be on hand to supervise.
The BladeSports Cutting Competition will start at 2 p.m. in the yard behind the administration building. And this is more than just a show for visitors to the park. It is a “Points Cut,” with the finalists earning points toward the National Finals, which will be held in Atlanta.
You can also vote from noon to 4 p.m. in the Ozark Folk Center People’s Choice Knife Show in the Knife Shop. Knife makers can register for the show and have their blades on display for judging (get there before 11 a.m.). Winners of the Peopll’e schocie Awards will be announced at 4:30 p.m. at the cutting course.
Don’t worry if there’s inclement weather. The competition will be moved to the stage in the large auditorium.
Tickets to the Craft Village at the Ozark Folk Center are only $10 for adults and $6 for children under 12. Children 6 and under are free. There is no additional charge to watch the BladeSports Cutting Competition or to compete in the knife show. If you need more information, visit www.ozarkfolkcenter.com.
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