Local outdoors show celebrates 35 years

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January 17, 2017 12:00 AM

SPORTSMAN SHOW RETURNS Author and gun dealer Wilf E. Pyle stands with his wife by their exhibit on Winchester trapping rifles at the Gun and Sportsman Show last year. The exhibit was designed to show the contrasting features of Winchester trapping rifles over the decades. FILE LLS PHOTO

Anyone interested in guns, archery, camping or outdoor gear in general will have a field day next weekend, when the Lloydminster and District Fish and Game Association (LDFGA) holds its annual Gun and Sportsman Show, which is going into year 35.
The show takes place on Jan. 21 and 22 at the Servus Sports Centre and will have 50 vendors manning 150 tables of various outdoor wares, all in a trade show format.
“The show is all about guns—if they’re not involved with guns or hunting, they’re not there,” said past president of LDFGA, Gerry Russell, with a laugh.
More specifically, attendees can expect to see an abundance of rifles, shotguns, handguns, gun parts, ammo, knives, reloading supplies, game calls, taxidermy, marine equipment, archery accessories, fishing gear, hunting supplies, clothing and boots.
The gun and sportsman show also works as the main yearly fundraiser for LDFGA, a not-for-profit, so they can put some money back into local habitat and conservation efforts, as well as upgrades to its facilities.
Current president of the association, Dwayne Davison, said organizers are hoping for roughly 2,500 people to pass through the show throughout the weekend, but because of the economy, the event has been seeing a slight drop in numbers in recent years.
“We had a pretty good go last year, it was down a little bit due to the economy, and because the economy we’re in, we’re expecting that again,” he said. 
“We’re out there to provide for the industry and the people that come here to display their wares, and (attendees) just to go have a look at things and enjoy it.”
Last year Larry Chambers, treasurer for LDFGA, sold the Source another big draw for the event was to give collectors and enthusiasts a chance to buy and sell firearms they might not see any other time of the year.
Chambers added some of the tables are also just for show, because many collectors like to have a venue to display their collections, from antique guns and bullets to other related materials that exhibitors have gathered over the years. 
“They’re there as collections and they aren’t allowed to sell from those tables, but the people who have those are always interested in hearing about the possible acquisition of a piece that they don’t have yet,” Chambers said.
“There’s a lot of used guns there and there are a lot of new guns as well.”
The event takes place on Jan. 21 from 10 – 6 and Jan. 22 from 10 – 3; for more information call Angeline at 306-825-7653 or 780-214-2448.

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