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Cowboys, cowgirls prepare for Wild West standoff at Chorro Valley Shootout

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There are some visitors from the Wild West (and other locations) for the 24th annual Shootout at Chorro Valley. 

More than 300 cowboys and cowgirls competed Thursday at Chorro Valley, which is the San Luis Obispo Sportsman's shooting facility, near Cuesta College on Highway 1. 

The purpose was to create the spirit of the Wild West in a single action shooting course. Participants just need an alias, a costume, and a good attitude. 

"Oh it's a blast," said Mike Garripee, a.k.a "Sinful," the match director for Sass Regional Championship "It's an absolute blast. We don't win money or anything, we win bragging rights for about 30 minutes and then everybody forgets who won."

Aside from Thursday's event, the main competitions are Friday and Saturday. Spectators are invited to watch the event, and potentially take part. 

Garripee says there is a saloon on site, but it doesn't open until the red flag is raised and the match is done for the day.  

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