UPDATE: Event is postponed until next year.

Ever wanted to know how the old wild west cowboys drew down on the bad guys and won? The first annual Arkansas State Cowboy Fast Draw Championship will give you the opportunity to see fast draw shooters from across the United States as they meet at the Drew County Fairgrounds in Monticello May 15-17. The public is invited to attend the free event and watch as other state champions and world champions vie for the very first Arkansas State Championship title. Attendees can even get the opportunity to try their hand at fast draw.

The local event is being hosted by the Arkansas Deadeye Cowboy Fast Draw Society and is a sanctioned sporting event of the national Cowboy Fast Draw Association (CFDA) which is the largest fast draw organization in the world. The sport of Cowboy Fast Draw is a timed sport using western-style six-guns and holsters based on the romance and legend of the Old West.

CFDA’s motto is safety first, fun second and competition third. Deemed as the “fastest half second you will ever experience,” the event has something for the whole family. CDFA has about the friendliest bunch of folks you’ll ever run into. Find a Gunslinger, strike up a conversation and you’ll feel right at home.

For folks worried about all these gunslingers shooting six-guns, put your worries aside. No live ammunition is used in the competition. Wax bullets are used exclusively under strict safety regulations. And, no, the cowboys and cowgirls don’t shoot at each other. They shoot at a target that times their speed as the wax bullet hits the target.

All shooters have an alias by which they are known in the sport, and they also dress the part. Drew County will be full of cowboys, cowgirls, saloon girls and gamblers, and fancy dressed ladies of the 1800s.

In addition to the shooting competitions, the May event will also host vendors of all sorts the Friday and Saturday of the event. Be sure to put May 15-17 on your calendars so you don’t miss this exciting and fun weekend in Drew County.

As the date grows nearer, there will be more information and reminders about the event. Watch for updates at Seark Today.

For more information contact Betty Evans at [email protected] For more information about CFDA go to cowboyfastdraw.com.

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