Alcoa axe house featured on ‘The Bachelor’ to hold special watch party on Monday

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ALCOA, Tenn. (WATE) – One local axe-throwing attraction is offering a special watch party for Monday’s episode of The Bachelor.

Knoxville-native contestant Hannah Ann is set to bring Peter to East Tennessee on tonight’s episode to visit her hometown.

The Smoky Mountain Axe House, where Hannah Ann took Peter on her hometown date, will host a viewing party for The Bachelor.

There are just four contestants left: Madison, Kelsey, Victoria F. and Hannah Ann. Pilot Pete will be making stops in all of their cities.

Shannah Lingerfelt was one of several local residents who was an ‘extra’ while the couple was at Smoky Mountain Axe House.

She said she got a 24-hour notice to be an ‘extra,’ but as a fan of the show, that was no problem.

“We didn’t know until we got there though what we would be doing. We thought we were just going to be in the background throwing axes, you know, just a crowd filler,” Lingerfelt said.

Her and her husband, Keith Lingerfelt, and some of the owners of the business got to be more than just crowd fillers.

Before all that happened, Lingerfelt got a glimpse of what it took to put on a date for a reality TV show.

She said several vans pulled up to the business and started unloading cameras, lights, sound bars and a lot of employees.

Crews set up cameras overlooking the ax-throwing lanes and had a few others to grab different angles of the activities.

Amy Johnston, part owner of Smoky Mountain Axe House, said all the ‘extras’ were asked to sign waivers, a non-disclosure and had to leave their phones outside.

She said they were also asked to not stare at the couple while filming.

Once inside, the Lingerfelts and Johnston were part of the show.

Johnston and Marcus Scott, another part-owner; the Lingerfelts and Pilot Pete and Hannah Ann competed in three lumberjack games: ax throwing, wood splitting and team sawing.

“Who won? Or who is going to show that won? We don’t know. That remains to be seen. We think, we feel like we won because (Keith) had the best split,” Lingerfelt said.

They said that all-in-all the shoot took about seven hours.

Many of those hours included re-do’s, and one hour was just Hannah Ann and Pilot Pete sitting at a table making conversation.

Lingerfelt said that, as a former broadcast producer, her favorite part was seeing what all happened off-camera.

“They were just as chill off camera as they were on camera. I would say that they are definitely real. In my opinion, they do have a good connection, even when the cameras are not rolling, which is what they want if they want to make a run for this at the end right,” Lingerfelt asked.

Johnston said her favorite part was the fact that the couple went to a local business in the area, especially the business she partly owns, but also that the people seen in the episode are all local.

The event will be first-come, first-serve for the first 35 people. Tickets will cost $75 per person, it will include unlimited axe-throwing, a limited edition shirt, food and giveaways.

Doors open at the Smoky Mountain Axe House at 7 p.m.

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