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“Little” Big Thrill Factory Returns to Canterbury Park with Axe Throwing

"Little" Big Thrill Factory returns to Canterbury Park May 4 complete with new axe throwing

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"Little" Big Thrill Factory Returns for a Second Season at Canterbury Park with new Axe Throwing

After a successful year, Twin Cities-based entertainment venue Big Thrill Factory announced plans to reopen“Little” Big Thrill Factory, a smaller-format seasonal flagship venue at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minnesota. Slated to open Friday May 4, 2018, the indoor-outdoor space offers an edited assortment of amusements for all ages including arcade games, miniature bowling, a wipeout trampoline plus new axe throwing.

"Little Big Thrill Factory is excited to return to Canterbury Park," said Darrel Blomberg, Big Thrill Factory General Manager. "This amazing opportunity provides us with a platform to connect with local families and introduce our latest entertainment offerings in a new and exciting way. We are thrilled to extend Big Thrill Factory’s fun-for-all approach to Shakopee and surrounding area.”

Randy Sampson, Canterbury Park CEO and President said, "Big Thrill Factory is the perfect partner.” Adding, “Canterbury Park has been a popular entertainment destination for over 20 years. The addition of an exceptional brand like Big Thrill Factory further solidifies our goal to create a clean, safe and family-friendly experience for our guests.”

The newest addition to the venue's hit line-up of innovative entertainment options is communal axe throwing. A growing trend across the country, the competitive sport allows guests to (safely) hurl axes at a target in attempt to hit a bulls eye. No experience is necessary. A trained Axepert provides safety instruction and proper throwing technique. Throws are first come, first serve to win a prize. Axe Throwing sessions are also available at Big Axes Hurling Hall inside Big Thrill Factory's Oakdale location.

The Canterbury Park venue is Big Thrill Factory's third location in the Twin Cities. With roots in Minnetonka and Oakdale, Big Thrill Factory provides a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience that resonates with all ages.  


About Big Axes Hurling Hall

Big Axes Hurling Hall, an axe-throwing venue inside Big Thrill Factory, opened in February 2018 complete with beer, wine, food and beverages in a cozy lumberjack-style lodge constructed within the game and attraction facility. Big Axes is the latest innovation to open at the 50,000 square foot location in Oakdale and as a featured walk-up-style attraction at their seasonal pop-in at Canterbury Park  in Shakopee during live racing season. “Think of it like darts – on steroids," explains General Manager Darrel Blomberg. “Nothing beats the fun and adrenaline rush from hurling an axe! Step-up, sip on drinks and kick back for some friendly 'lumberjack-style' competition to win a prize - It's a rush.” No experience necessary. Big Thrill Factory trained Axeperts teach safe axe throwing techniques that will have you sticking bullseyes in no time. Experience it for yourself at Canterbury or host an epic event at Big Axes Oakdale. Perfect for birthday parties, corporate team building events, or bachelor or bachelorette parties.


About Big Thrill Factory

Big Thrill Factory, a locally owned leader in "eatertainment," provides a distinctive ‘eat, play, celebrate’ experience with a unique variety of indoor and outdoor games and attractions, chef-inspired food and beverage selections and event spaces for groups both large and small. From Go Karts to Laser Tag, a Ropes Course, Miniature Golf, Trampolines, an Escape Room and more, Big Thrill Factory delivers intense fun and thrills for all ages. For more information, visit BigThrillFactory.com.

About Canterbury Park

Canterbury Park Holding Corporation owns and operates Canterbury Park Racetrack and Card Casino, Minnesota’s only thoroughbred and quarter horse racing facility. The Company’s 67-day 2017 live race meet begins on May 5 and ends September 16. In addition, Canterbury Park’s Card Casino hosts card games 24 hours a day, seven days a week, offering both poker and table games. The Company also conducts year-round wagering on simulcast horse racing and hosts a variety of other entertainment and special events.

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