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April 5, 2013

Reliving the 1800s

Texas State Knife & Tomahawk Championship coming

Athens — A chance to relive the days of the 1800s comes alive as the Texas State Knife & Tomahawk Championship comes to Malakoff.

Chuck Weems, President of the annual event, said the event, which can be attended for free, is presented by the Cedar Creek Knife & Hawk Club, and sponsored by the Rotary Club of Malakoff. It will have several contests in the Pro, Amateur and Junior/Youth groups, including  those involving tomahawks and knives.

There will be the world’s largest mountain man throwing event, and a primitive-bow competition with  cash prizes awarded in Pro Division for men and women, and prizes for Amateur and Junior Divisions.  There will also be a chance to win a painting by Muzzleloader Magazine artist Donny Hickmott.

Weems said this will be the 14th annual event. There will be six contests on Saturday, April 13 and four on Sunday, April 14.

“It started in the 1990s,” he said. “It was held at the Trader’s Village in Houston.  When I first got involved in it, they decided to quit doing it.  I inquired about it, and was told that anyone that wanted to take it over could.  And, I did.”

Weems labeled the Malakoff event as the “number one event we do every year.”

“It’s always in Malakoff,” he said. “It’s usually the same weekend as the cornbread festival.We give money away to the Pro division. The amateur and kids divisions get trader bucks.  Merchants there are like traders from years ago.  The trader bucks can be used to buy stuff from vendors there.”

Entry fees are $25 for the Knife, and $25 for Hawk for Professional Division, $15 Knife and $15 Hawk for Amateur Division.  There is also a $10 fee for Knife and $10 Hawk for Junior/Youth Divisions.

Pre-1840 dress is required for all contestants.  Competitions are open for public viewing. Matches start at 9 a.m., Saturday and Sunday.  It will be located at Malakoff City Park on State Highway 198 North, behind the Community Center.  Late registration will be 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 13. You must be registered by 8:30 a.m.

A large on-site camping area is available.  There is no fee for this, and traders are welcome.  Set up anytime Friday, April 12.  Each trader much sign a liability waiver to participate.

Weems said there will be anywhere from eight to 12 vendors on site that will be selling knives, tomahawks, furs, bows, arrows and other related goods. There will also be a blacksmith on-site.

For more information about the rules, pre-registration or other related items, contact Weems at 903-681-5100.  Or visit


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