Chaplin Creek Muzzleloaders compete with historical weapons

Seven contestants in the Pumpkin Shoot display their handiwork. First place went to Chuck Pomazal of Dixon, fifth from left; second place was Dave Vlasaty of Paw Paw, second from left; and third place was Al Kleinstiver of DeKalb, third from left. (Photos contributed)

FRANKLIN GROVE - The Chaplin Creek Muzzleloaders held their annual Pumpkin Shoot in Franklin Grove on Sunday, Oct. 18. The object of the competition was to demonstrate their marksmanship by seeing who could make the best face on a pumpkin using ball-and-powder guns. Despite a rainy Sunday, there was a dry stretch so the competition could take place.

First place in the shooting went to Chuck Pomazal of Dixon, second place was Dave Vlasaty of Paw Paw and third place was taken by Al Kleinstiver of DeKalb.

During events held on Saturday, Ethan Sheely, 9, of Leaf River was recognized as the best hatchet-thrower, and he also won a period hat and mitts in the auction.

  

Ethan Sheely, 9, of Leaf River, who was the best hatchet-thrower during an event on Oct. 17, wears a period hat and mitts he won in the auction.

 

Stuart Corsa of Rockford poses at the log cabin with his display of various accoutrements used during the fur-trappers’ era.

Henry Brauhn, 3, a visitor from Falls Church, Va., points out the winner of the pumpkin shoot.

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