Papa Dave, Sheriff Frank Canton and I decided to head east, we heard there was going to be a "Gunfight". Papa Dave hitched up his wagon, we piled in our gear and headed out to the home of the Ocoee Rangers. When we arrived there was already a crowd gathering and sure enough it looked like there was going to be a gunfight.
We'd been hearing for awhile about Unpleasant's "Black Hat Stages", so we decided we ought to check them out. The crowd kept gathering, it looked like everybody had the same idea we did.
We ended up having 5 Posse's including a Ladies Only Posse, however I heard 1 of them ladies was right homely looking. It was really nice to see that many ladies shooting, at Wartrace we usually only have 1 or 2.
We were on Posse 2, Horseshoe John and Ocoee Red's Posse, with a good bunch of Cowboys and Cowgirl. The Black Hat Stages were as good and fast as we had heard. I think everyone there had a big time.
When all the smoke had cleared Papa Dave was the Top Gun of the day, followed by Unpleasant, Marshall W.D., Anita Margarita and Jackalope rounded out the Top 5. Papa Dave shot an awesome match and Anita summed it up well on the Ocoee Rangers Forum;
A man comes into town from out of the west, steely-eyed and well armed. We said "I reckon there's going to be a gunfight". And he proceeded to whup us all.
Good Shootin' Papa Dave.
There were 78 shooters at this match and it ran like a well oiled machine.
I don't know about the other Posse's but we had 10 "Clean" shooters on our Posse.
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It was really fun to see so many pards I hadn't seen in a while and to meet new friends. If you're in the Cleveland Tn. area on the 4th Saturday go by and visit the Ocoee Rangers, you'll be glad you did.
Check out their website for more information.
I'm getting old and forgetful and forgot my camera, so I don't have any pictures.
The next Wartrace Match will be Aug. 6. for more info check out our Website.
Also don't forget the Tennessee State Championship Oct. 6-8.
Until next time shoot straight and keep your powder dry.
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