Announcing the SASS 2023 Illinois State Championship – Registration is Now Open!

We are pleased to announce that Registration for the SASS 2023 Illinois State Championship – Mayhem on the Mississippi scheduled from Aug 18-20, 2023 is officially open.  Illowa Irregulars are excited to bring Illinois another State Championship match and hope you will make plans to come join us for what we believe will be one of the best State Championships in the Upper Midwest and beyond. 

Planning has already begun:  Warm-up and Side Matches on Friday, two days of exciting cowboy action shooting competition on Saturday and Sunday, an optional Saturday evening Riverboat dinner cruise about the Celebration Belle on the Mississippi, ending with a catered awards banquet at a nearby, air-conditioned community center. 

Speaking of the dinner cruise, the 2022 cruise was very well received with many requests to do it again.  If you were on the cruise last year, here’s a chance to cruise the Mississippi again; if you missed it and wished you had gone, here’s your chance; or, if you are new to the match, here’s your chance to do something really unique – cruise the Mississippi River with your fellow cowboys and cowgirls dressed up in western attire, dining and enjoying the evening about the Celebration Belle.  Check out our videos discussed below to see some photos and videos taken about the Celebration Belle. 

A New Award:  We’re also planning to introduce an exciting new award for the “record books” (that’s a hint), an award that you’ll only find at the Illinois State Championship.  We’re still finalizing the details but we’re confident you’ll enjoy it.   More to follow in the coming weeks. 

Registration:  We are now offering two ways to register – our traditional printed/mailed paper form AND our new online form. 

  1. The traditional PAPER-BASED REGISTRATION FORM , available by clicking here; or
  2. Our new ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM 

To learn more about our Host Hotel, the Celebration Belle Dinner Cruise or our On-site Camping, open the attached form or click on the following links:  Host Hotel;     Celebration Belle Riverboat Dinner Cruise;     On-site Camping.

Sponsorships:  We are also offering several sponsorship opportunities.  Sponsorships are a great way for you, your club, or organization to support Cowboy Action Shooting in Illinois and the upper Midwest.  We offer opportunities for all budgets.  If you or someone you know is interested in sponsoring this event, see the attached Sponsorship packet or click here to download it. 

If you are unfamiliar with our club, the Illowa Irregulars Cowboy Action Shooting club is located in Milan, Illinois, part of the Quad Cities area along I-80 at the Illinois/Iowa border.  The Quad Cities area has an abundance of nearby amenities, hotels, and restaurants very near the range making it a great place to host a match of this nature.  We are centrally located in the upper Midwest, 3 hours West of Chicago, 5 hours north of St. Louis, 3 hours southwest of Madison, Wisconsin, and 3 hours east of Des Moines, Iowa.  If you’re looking for a trip up to or through the Midwest, here’s your chance.  It’s a beautiful part of the country and travel is easy.  If you’re coming from afar, we’d make either a good destination or someplace to stop on your way.  Either way, consider yourself invited!

Illowa Irregulars’ Videos:  If you’re new to our facility we’ve several videos which will give you an idea of what we have to offer.  To get you started here are some links to a few videos:

  1. Click here to see a short video titled Enjoy the Zen.  It’s a quiet walk through our range at 6:00 a.m. opening day of the 2022 Illinois State Championship.  You’ll see that, in addition to several covered building facades, our facilities include covered loading and unloading tables and covered waiting areas at each of our 10, individually-bermed shooting bays, as well as a paved central pathway throughout our facility for easy passage between stages. 
  2. Click here to see Part 1 of a two-part video of the 2022 Illinois State Championship.  Click here to view  Part 2 which includes photographs of the event, including several photographs taken aboard the Riverboat while cruising the Mississippi.
  3. Click here to go to a list of all our videos which are located in the menu along the right side of the page. 

For more information about our range you can also view our Stage Photos and Facilities Description

We will continually update our website, www.illowairregulars.com, with the most recent information.  If you have any questions please email us

Sincerely,

Popcorn Kelly, Communications and Website Director
Illowa Irregulars Cowboy Action Shooting Club
Milan, Illinois

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2023 Illinois State Championship – Who’s Coming List Is Posted

Like the emerging signs of Spring around us, there are emerging signs the 2023 Illinois State Match is growing ever closer. One of the signs is the recently published “Who’s Coming?” list. We posted the initial list, which is current through yesterday, a few moments ago. Click the image below or the link to the right to see/download the list Who’s Coming List. Perhaps you’ll see your name or perhaps you’ll see your buddies name(s).

Don’t see your name? We’ve a remedy for that. Click here to see your registration options.

As we said in a recent post, we’re diligently working towards hosting the SASS 2023 Illinois State Championship. In fact, just today we placed our order for our two new awards: The Illinois State Record Holder pins and the Illowa Irregulars’ Club Record pins. (We also ordered the Clean Shooters pin.) See the images below. Click here to learn more about the State Record Stage and how you will have an opportunity to set a record.

With that, we wish you and yours the best. Hopefully our paths will cross one day, wherever that may be. Perhaps at the 2023 Illinois State Championship.

Cowboy Spring Cleanup Day – Saturday, April 1

Calling all Cowboys: Our 2023 season is nearly upon us and we need your help to get it off on the right foot.

2023 will be a very interesting and rewarding year. We are scheduling eight matches this year, including our second Illinois State Championship.

However, the first order of business is to clean up the leaves, dirt, and debris that accumulated throughout the town during the many weeks of late fall, winter, and early spring inactivity.

This is no small undertaking – we need as much help we can get.

Spring Cleanup is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m., Saturday, April 1. We will be raking, picking up leaves and sticks, blowing leaves and dirt off the decks, and out of the storage areas, and generally just cleaning up whatever needs it.

If you can help us in any way it will be greatly appreciated.

Bring gloves, a sturdy rake, and a leaf blower if you have one.

Thanks, and we’ll be seeing you soon.

PK

PractiScore Tutorial Instructions Posted

Illowa Irregulars held a PractiScore tutorial earlier today. 15 people attended and were treated to a comprehensive review of how to set up a Cowboy match in PractiScore, enter shooters, sync matches and scores across tablets, and troubleshoot some common issues.

Many thanks to Wicker Nash for putting the program together.

We are making Wicker’s tutorial and step-by-step instructions available for download and use by others on our website. If your club uses PractiScore in your Cowboy matches you may find this a great place to get started or perhaps learn something new.

Click here to be taken to the Rules, Regs, and Instruction page of our website where you will find the download link to the tutorial.

2023 Illinois State Championship Update including Awards & Badges – We’re Just Having Fun

Illowa Irregulars are methodically and diligently working towards hosting the SASS 2023 Illinois State Championship Mayhem On The Mississippi scheduled from August 18-20, 2023, our second state championship match in as many years. We are well into the planning, and hope to expand on what we did last year to make this even better. Side matches on Friday, 10 Championship-caliber stages across Saturday and Sunday, an optional Saturday evening dinner Cruise on the Mississippi River aboard the Celebration Belle, ending with a catered Awards Banquet in an air-conditioned community center.

If you are looking for something fun and interesting in August, take a look at the 2023 Illinois State Championship. We’ve a shooter-friendly range which features 100% covered loading and unloading tables; covered car ports on every stage to protect shooters from the elements, rain or shine; a central asphalt-paved path through the entire range; lots of shade, and berms between every shooting bay (we are NOT a lost brass facility). On-site dry camping is available.

We’re just having fun!

State Record Award: We are very excited to be introducing a never-before seen event at the Illinois Championship – the Illinois State Record Holder Award. There aren’t many “firsts” left in this world, but we may have found one: We developed a State Record Stage modeled after the World Record Stage (but with closer target distances), which we will shoot as part of the state championship match. We will recognize one Illinois resident shooter in each category who shoots the state record stage the fastest as holding the State Record. That shooter will hold the State Record until their time is bested at a future State Championship. What makes this interesting is that this stage is part of the match. In other words, each shooter gets one chance, and one chance only to set the record. There will be surprises.

We’re just having fun!

Illowa Irregular Club Record: If you’re not from Illinois, don’t’ worry, we’re using this same stage to establish the Illowa Irregular Club Record Award. This award will go to one shooter in each category (regardless of state residence) who shoots the state record stage the fastest as holding the Illowa Irregular Club Record. They, too, will hold the Club Record until it is bested at a future club match. To our knowledge, these awards have never been given elsewhere, ever.

We’re just having fun!

Mississippi Riverboat Dinner Cruise: We’re planning another optional Mississippi Riverboat Dinner Cruise aboard the celebration Belle. Join several dozen of your fellow SASS friends, old and new, us as we cruise up the Mississippi River on a warm August evening, dining, cocktails, and perhaps a little dancing for those so inclined.

We’re just having fun!

Stay tuned for more: Stay tuned for some more announcements about a couple of things we’re still trying to put together. We are working to finalize some of our side matches, and may incorporate a side match or two from our Fall Round-Up days. If you’ve been here for Fall Round-Up you may have an idea. If you’ve not, you’ll just have to wait until we know more.

We’re just having fun!

While we’re at it, let’s break the mold one more time (maybe). By that I mean let’s share some of the awards shooters are eligible to win, including the Championship buckle, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place buckles, Clean Shooter pins, State Record Holder pins, and Illowa Irregular Club Record Holder pins, and of course, the name badges.

Starting with the name badge, just imagine your Cowboy name, city and stage, across this unique name badge. We’ve incorporated a cut-out of a riverboat to symbolize the 2023 Illinois State Championship. Note we are also including the city and state for each shooter making the name badge a good conversation starter.

Here are images of the State and Club Record pins each of which will go to one shooter in every category that has the fastest time on the State Record State (psst, I’ll let in in on a little secret – I think it will be Stage 6). There will be a lot of shooters going home holding the State Record and/or the Illowa Irregular Club Record. As I said earlier, there aren’t many firsts in this game. Here’s one you won’t want to miss.

Here is an image of the Clean Shooter’s pin. Are you consistent enough to get one of these?

Here are images of our Costuming awards.

And, last, but certainly not least, here are the images of the Championship and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place buckles.

We’re just having fun!

We hope you enjoyed this teaser post and that it will prompt you to consider coming our way. We have two registration options, online and the traditional paper – whichever you prefer. We’d love to have you join us for one last summer weekend. We’re not the biggest club around, but we’ve nice facilities and we work hard to put on a good match.

Email with any questions.

Take care and we hope to see you soon.

Illowa Irregulars

Illowa Irregular March 2023 Indoor Shoot Results are Posted

March 19, 2023’s results are available on the Illowa Irregulars Scores page. Fourteen shooters came out to shoot on what turned out to be a frigid March day. Thankfully, we were indoors where it was warm, with hot chili and coffee in abundance! Everyone had a great time and were glad to get a chance to shake some of the winter rust off. It doesn’t get much better than that.

A few more reminders:

  1. Saturday, April 1st is our annual range cleanup day. Bring your rakes, blowers, gloves, etc., but mostly your legs and arms and give us a hand making things presentable for the coming season;
  2. Friday, April 7 is the first of our weekly Friday practices. Practice starts at 10:00 a.m.;
  3. Tuesday, April 11 is the first of the newly organized Tuesday late afternoon practices. We will hold practice on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays each month April through October. Tuesday practices begin at 5:30 p.m.;
  4. Sunday, April 16 is our first Monthly Match. Registration for our regular monthly matches begins at 8:00 a.m. with a Safety Meeting at 9:15 a.m. Shooters must be present for the Safety Meeting to participate in the day’s match; and finally,
  5. Don’t forget to get your registrations in for the SASS 2023 Illinois State Championship. Click here for more information. We are now offering an online registration option (of course, you can still print and mail it in as well).

We are excited for the coming year and hope you can join us at some point along the way, or even better, at many points along the way.

All your friends at

Illowa Irregulars