Cumberland Drifter, Papa Dave and I headed east to Cleveland, TN to the Ocoee Rangers 2nd Annual Lead Mine Valley Shootout. We drove through rain to get there but we ran out of it just past Chattanooga and didn't see any more till we started home. Once there we met up with Dodge City Dixie, Reno Mustang, Whiskey Hayes, Alchemist Belle, Branchwater Jack, Donald Duke, Doc Kay B May, TN Missy, Gunbutcher, Grey Horse, Tom Cassidy and Pilgrim Joe.
94 shooters were not deterred by the threat of rain and came out to join in the fun. Ocoee Red welcomed everyone. Then after the Safety Meeting, a prayer and the pledge, they read off the posse assignments and we got started.
Unpleasant wrote some fast and close stages. Everything was very hitable but gave you plenty of opportunity to get over confident and outrun your ability. There was one stage with a zip line rifle target that was fun. Some of the stages were really fast for the top shooters, with some 14, 15 and 16 second stage times posted.
We were on posse 4 which consisted of; Pleasant (Posse Marshall),Unpleasant, Mrs. Pleasant, Papa Dave, Cumberland Drifter, Alchemist Belle, Branchwater Jack, Donald Duke, Possum, Parlor House Pearl, El Camino, Pistoleer, Whiskey Hayes, Randy Saint Eagle, Tom Cassidy, Bama Kid and Dirt Road Dude. I apologize if I have forgotten anyone.
After the match we had hamburgers, hot dogs, beans, slaw and lots of homemade desserts. They gave a way lots of door prizes and then started with the awards.
Wartrace fared pretty well with;
Cumberland Drifter, 1st 49r, 3rd Overall
Dodge City Dixie, 1st Ladies B-Western, 4th Overall, Top Overall Lady.
Papa Dave , 1st Grand Patron, 10th Overall
Reno Mustang, 1st Senior Gunfighter, 14th Overall
Branchwater Jack, 3rd Frontier Cartridge Gunfighter, 17th Overall
Randy Saint Eagle, 1st Senior Duelist, 20th Overall
Whiskey Hayes, 1st Classic Cowboy, 32nd Overall
Gunbutcher, 2nd Cowboy, 33rd Overall
Grey Horse, 5th Senior Gunfighter, 40th Overall
Alchemist Belle, 1st Lady Wrangler, 51st Overall
Tom Cassidy, 4th Elder Statesman, 57th Overall
Pilgrim Joe, 5th Senior, 68th Overall
TN. Missy, 1st Buckarette, 71st Overall
Donald Duke, 2nd Buckaroo, 72nd Overall
Doc Kay B May, 1st Classic Cowgirl, 76th Overall
Hurricane Charly was the Top Gun of the match, followed by Slater, Cumberland Drifter, Dodge City Dixie (Ladies Top Gun), Koda Joe, Purly, Tennessee Tombstone, Barkeep Casey, Unpleasant and Papa Dave rounded out the Top 10.
Dodge City Dixie was the Ladies Top Gun, followed by Last Kiss, Anita Margarita, Two Step Net, Lulu McGoo, Alchemist Belle, Yazoo City Gal, Parlor House Pearl, Roma Jane and Mrs. Pleasant rounded out the Ladies Top 10.
40 shooters shot Clean Matches.
Thank you to Purly, Ocoee Red, Unpleasant and everyone involved in putting on a great match. This is a fun 1 day annual match and a huge bargain so don't miss it next year.
Pilgrim Joe took some pictures.
Pilgrim Joe Pictures
Award Pictures by Dodge City Dixie
The next match at Wartrace will be the Tennessee State Championship Oct. 8-10 and it should be another great one.
Happy Trails until we meet again.