The 5th annual B&T Gun Show went on with a bang in the Wylie Mitchell hall over the weekend, as vendors of firearms, as well as a variety of other related accessories and items, plied their trade to great success.
According to organizer Lionel Bender, vendors even braved the snowstorm on Friday so they wouldn't miss the event. Only three had to cancel out, and those spots were almost immediately filled.
"It looks like it's been a tremendous show. The vendors are happy, the people are coming in and buying," he said, "We've got some new people here, and they've already told me they want back again next year."
He estimated that the total number of bodies through the door most likely exceeded 900, though no official count had yet been taken.
This year's recipient of the Gun Show's proceeds will be the St. Joseph's Hospital Foundation, and Bender expects that it'll be a substantial sum going their way.
"The figures that the Hospital Foundation is going to get, I'm gonna say, at least $8,000. Ticket sales have been good to us, the people are buying on the guns that we're raffling off."
"It's been about the same as it was last year, so you can pretty well be guaranteed that it'll be over eight thousand to the Hospital Foundation," he concluded.