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Gun show is this weekend

WORTHINGTON — This weekend’s Worthington Gun Show will offer something for all levels of hunting and gun enthusiasts. 

“We try to cover all areas,” said Randy Thompson, who serves on the committee sponsoring the event. “I would say we entertain quite a variety of people with different interests and different enthusiasm levels in the hunting and sport shooting arena.”

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The annual Worthington Gun Show is from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Worthington Arena on the Nobles County Fairgrounds. It is sponsored by the Agribusiness Committee of the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce.

“Any money that we make at the show is really our primary funding source for the scholarships that the Agribusiness Committee awards each year,” Thompson said. “We try to award two $1,000 scholarships each year to seniors in Nobles County that are pursuing ag-related degrees or further education.”

This is the ninth year of the Worthington Gun Show.

“Back about 10 years ago, we were doing all kinds of different things (to) help fund our scholarship,” Thompson explained. “I’ve been to gun shows a lot over the years. We started talking about that other towns in the area have a gun show; maybe we should try having one. We tried it nine years ago, and it worked pretty well. We made some money at it and thought we’d keep it going. I’ve had some familiarity with gun shows and knew a few possible contacts to call and line up some vendors.”

Thompson said there are between 25 and 30 vendors coming to the show this year.

“It’s gun dealers, gun enthusiasts, shooting supply folks. … They rent 8-foot tables from us,” he said. “The tables are set up in the arena. They display their goods they have to sell. The show is open to the general public. They pay an admission fee to get in, and they are welcome to cruise through the show and talk with vendors to see if there is something they might be interested in, whether it be a firearm, ammunition, shooting supplies, gun cases, gun safes, other hunting type items, maybe hunting knives or other hunting items like scopes and binoculars.”

The show has been well-attended in previous years.

“Usually we get anywhere from 700 to 1,000 people to attend the show over the two days,” Thompson said. “It works out pretty well, and we’ve had pretty good success with getting a pretty good turnout. We really get people from all directions.”

And, Thompson said, anyone from a novice to an expert can benefit from the show.

“(From) that person that doesn’t do a lot with guns or needs to know more information, to that person who might be looking for a certain item that they would add to their collection or enjoys looking at guns, or maybe the person who goes out to the gun club and shoots trap every week — they probably want to come to the gun show to see what’s there,” he said.

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