by Mickey Smith
Bryan Hill, of the Lamoille Valley Fish and Game Club, said this year’s gun show was one of their best and the new location wound up working “super” for them.
Hill said 1,704 people came through the door and while that is not a record for attendance, it was one of the best turnouts they have seen. He said they heard from people who had driven from as much as five hours away to attend the annual event and the dealers were very pleased with the turnout. He said he believed Project Graduation raised close to $1,700 for this year’s post-graduation party for seniors.
Hill said the first two hours on Saturday were very busy, and it was very helpful to have a deputy from the Lamoille County Sheriff’s Department on hand to direct traffic at the intersection with Brooklyn Street.
In an effort to separate themselves from the concerns over guns in schools, the Fish & Game Club decided to find a new location for the 28th annual event. A storage building on Professional Drive, off Brooklyn Street, owned by Jeff Jackson, was available so it was used this year for the event.
Hill said they are now beginning the search for a home for next year’s event. Hill said they can’t rely on that warehouse building being empty next year, but if they were to find out it was empty, they would happily return to that site. In the meantime, though, they will be looking for other locations. Hill said Lamoille County could use a large, indoor venue for events of this size.