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Axes fly in this family: Granddaughter, grandmother continue 15-year axe throwing tradition


Zachary Laux

Leslie Walbye and Cassie Hubbs high-five after Walbye's throw in the axe throw competition Sunday at Woodchoppers Jamboree. Walbye has participated in the axe throw with her son and granddaughter (Hubbs) for 15 years.

The crowd cheered as 84-year-old Lila Walbye walked away from the throwing line, axe in hand, after she landed the winning throw in a tie-breaker event at Woodchoppers Sunday.

Walbye had just taken first place in the women’s axe-throwing event. As Walbye walked toward the sidelines, her granddaughter, Cassie Hubbs, approached her with a hug.

“I’m excited that my grandma got first for axe throwing,” Hubbs said. “I hope she will be able to do it again next year.”

Hubbs and Walbye have participated together in the Woodchopper’s axe throw for about 15 years now, which was why Hu...

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