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

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,, with the most recent information.  If you have any questions please email us


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

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