Officials: Next year’s show full

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Gage Messick checks out a scope at this year’s event.

Gage Messick checks out a scope at this year’s event.

Before members of the South Alabama Gun Club had gotten into full swing cleaning up from this weekend’s 32nd annual Gun & Knife Show, they already had next year’s show sold out of vendors.

“We had 177 vendors here this year,” club member Mike Jones Sr. said late Sunday. “A little while ago, I walked around and asked each one of them if they wanted a space next year. One hundred and seventy-six of them said, ‘yes.’ ”

Add to that a long-time vendor who generally reserves eight tables, and next year’s show is already full, Jones said.

And those vendors had great reasons to want to come back. The event, held in the Kiwanis Community Center, drew 2,200 people over the two-day event, club member Pete Stone said.

Billy Smith of Faunsdale was among the vendors here for the first time.

“I was very impressed with this show,” he said. “The hospitality was great. These guys run a very good show.”

There were dealers on hand with both new and used guns, along with three to four custom knife makers. Club members said it appeared that sales were good for vendors.

This also marked the first year that  Gun Club partnered with the Iron Works Men’s Ministries, which held its first weekend conference next door at the Covington Center Arena. Tickets to the conference also gained participants entrance to the gun show. Gun Show organizers said at least 200 of the participants also attended the gun show.