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30th Annual Gateway Classic Boomerang Tournament
May 28 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
The next installment of the Gateway Classic Boomerang Tournament, this one being the 30th Annual, will be held on Memorial Day weekend. The location remains the same: Konarcik Park in lovely Waterloo, Illinois. Waterloo is about 25 minutes Southeast of downtown St. Louis.
The format for the weekend will be like previous years. On Saturday, May 27th, we’ll paint the field and throwers will be rolling into town and meeting up at the field for practice and fun throwing throughout the afternoon. Around 6:00, everyone will head to Chicago Bob’s house in Waterloo for BBQ, brews, and socializing on the patio. Sunday morning (May 28th), the USBA-sanctioned tournament will start about 9:00 am, with throwers arriving at the field by 8:30 am. After the tournament, we’ll head back to Chicago Bob’s house for pizza, awards, and more bevvies. Monday is a free day – sometimes folks get together and do something, sometimes people just head back home.
I don’t have a firm price for the weekend yet, but it’s usually about $25, which includes the tournament, trophies, and food and drinks for both Saturday evening’s BBQ and Sunday evening’s pizza and awards. Everyone gets at least one of my special Gateway Classic trophies, and often people get more than one thanks to the random placings that the trophies are for!
The Gateway Classic is usually a pretty big tournament, averaging probably 25-30 throwers. It’s also a very laid-back affair, which makes it ideal for new and rookie throwers to learn from the US Team studs and wise veterans. You can learn on the field, then have a beer and talk strategy or technique at the BBQ or awards. SO, I encourage anyone and everyone to not only come out, but to enter the tournament and learn a ton from the pros.
Many Happy Returns!