FALLON, Nev. (KOLO) At the Churchill County Fairgrounds, the sounds of spurs and gunshots are a sure sign you're at the World Cowboy Fast Draw Championship. Here, people can leave their names behind, adopt a cowboy persona, and be who they really want to be.
"We honor to romance and legend of the old west," Cal 'Quick Cal' Eilrich, the executive director of the Cowboy Fast Draw Association, said. "This is one of the few places you can wear the clothes of your great grandparents and the smile of your grand kids all at the same time."
The event draws people from all over the world, and dressing up is part of the experience.
"You get to dress up like a cowboy, you get to play with real guns, and nobody thinks your crazy because the guy next to you is doing the same thing," Patrick 'Papa Doc' Doolin explained.
But the sport is more than just dressing up and shooting guns. It teaches gun safety from a very young age.
"Our motto is safety first, fun second, and competition third," Eilrich said. "One of our primary goals is to educate as many people as possible in the safe and proper use of firearms Owning a firearm is key to freedom in America. Sports like cowboy fast draw or other shooting sports, they teach gun safety and that's needed in the American society."
Close to 32,000 bullets will be shot during the event. But following along the safety lines, they are wax bullets with a small powder charge for effect. The public can also get in on the action in Town Folk Alley.
"Spectators can actually shoot the guns and get a feel of the sport for themselves," Doolin said.
The Fast Draw competition is going on through Sunday at the Churchill County Fairgrounds located at 325 Sheckler Road Fallon, NV 89406.