Lake County Fair Board will host their 24th annual Spring Gun & Trade Show this weekend, starting on Saturday, March 23, and continuing through Sunday, March 24.
The event will be held in both of the exhibition buildings at the fairgrounds. Hours for the event are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.
Admission is $4 or $3 with a trade gun. Kids 12 and under are admitted free.
The event draws in a wide variety of items, including antique and modern firearms along with related supplies and equipment. Miscellany includes knives, coins, art, collectibles, silver and jewelry.
Items that violate state or federal law are not allowed for sale.
The event provides attendees an opportunity to purchase, swap, trade, sell or browse, as they may choose.
“We’re hoping to have a big turnout,” said Fairgrounds Mgr. Don Moore. “I’ve had several new people call in and say they’d like to have a table.”
Moore said the current political atmosphere with regard to talks of gun law-related reforms is a concern for many, specifically with regard to how it may affect their second amendment rights.
“A lot of people are concerned about weapons,” he said.
The event regularly draws out big crowds, Moore noted, and not just because of the items available for purchase or trade. There is a spirit of camaraderie that can only be found in an event with so many like-minded folks who enjoy talking about or browsing what’s available.
“People enjoy our atmosphere and our community spirit,” he said.
A new-in-the-box Ruger .10-22 stainless international rifle, with checkered walnut stock, donated by Jim and Judy Cyr, will be raffled off during this weekend’s 24th annual Lake County Fair Board Spring Gun & Trade Show. Tickets will be priced at $1 each or six for $5.
The gun will be raffled on Sunday, March 24, at 2:30 p.m.