XIt is with utmost disappointment that the Backwater Gamblers announce that we will not be able to perform ski shows for our amazing fans at this time. The health and safety of our team members and fans are our primary concern. Due to the current Reopen Illinois phase which mandates social distancing of 6 feet and no large gatherings, it is impossible to perform all the acts you love like our pyramids, doubles, ballet lines, around the boat, and most of our show safely and within these guidelines. As soon as we are able to perform safely again within the guidelines of the state of Illinois, we will absolutely do so and will update our website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and let you know.

As we are a 501(c)3 non-profit and rely solely on donations from our fans and sponsors, if you would like to help support us so we can continue to provide family-friendly, free water ski shows to the Quad Cities in the future, you can donate via PayPal ([email protected]), Venmo (@Backwater-Gamblers), or by mailing a check to Backwater Gamblers, 5000 44th Street, Rock Island, IL 61201. We hope to ski you soon!


The Backwater Gamblers publish a full color annual program which lists all of the team’s sponsors and is available free of charge to every person who attends a ski show. Advertising in our program has the potential to reach the nearly 25,000 fans in attendance at the shows each season. 
Program Advertisement Prices
Sponsorship $10, $25, $50, or $100
Business Card $50
1/4 Page $95
1/2 Page $160
Full Page $250
Inside Back Cover $350
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Back Cover $500
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