San Juan Shootists to Host 2012 Colorado State Championship
By Dave “Mongo” Miller
The San Juan Shootists, LLC Cowboy Fast Draw club located in Pagosa Springs will host the Cowboy Fast Draw Association’s 2012 Colorado State Championship in Pagosa Springs on August 3rd, 4th and 5th in conjunction with the Archuleta County Fair. This will be the sixth annual Colorado State Championship but the first time it will be held in Pagosa Springs. In the past this event has been held in the Denver area. The previous host club decided not to hold this year’s event so our club jumped at the opportunity to bring it to Pagosa Springs the Four Corners Area. This event will bring 60 to 80 competitors plus their families to town. It will also attract many visitors to our area for the county fair.
Cowboy Fast Draw is one of the most exciting family orientated sports in the country! It is the thrill of stepping in to the street and facing a target down range against a competitor. The period is 1873 to 1899. The guns are Colt Peacemaker style single action revolvers in .45 caliber. Ammunition is a wax bullet in a blank shell case. Holsters and gun belts are of the traditional late 1800’s style. Period clothing is worn. A light in the center of the target comes on; the gun is drawn from the holster and fired at the target. Whoever hits their target fastest wins the shot. There are Men’s, Ladies and Youth divisions. Our motto is “safety first, fun second and competition third.” We say “It’s the most fun you can have with a light on!”
The San Juan Shootists club was formed in April of 2009 as an LLC registered in the State of Colorado and is recognized by the IRS as a non-profit organization. We are a member of the Pagosa Springs Area Chamber of Commerce. Our club holds demonstrations around town that the public is invited to attend and try Cowboy Fast Draw using the same equipment that is used in an actual match. Money raised during these demonstrations is usually donated to a local charity. Last year we raised over $1500 for local charities. Our club has participated in the Archuleta County Fair for the last three years.
Putting on a major event like this requires help and support from the community. We’d like to thank our major sponsors for their help and support.
Presenting Sponsor: Starline Brass
Cowboy Fast Draw Association
Archuleta County Fair Board Town Tourism Committee
Durango and Silverton Railroad Century Link
Bank of Colorado Eagle Mountain Mercantile
House of Muskets Boss Hogg’s
Buffalo Inn Bear Creek Bar and Grill
Of course we can always use more help. If your business or organization is interested in becoming involved in our event please contact Dave “Mongo” Miller at 731-9140 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please come see us at the Archuleta County Fair and find out why we say cowboy fast draw is the most fun you can have with a light on!
Please visit the Cowboy Fast Draw Association at: www.cowboyfastdraw.com
Please visit the San Juan Shootists at www.sanjuanshootists.com