Gun Show in Groesbeck Sees Booming Success
Between 500 and 600 people visited the Groesbeck Convention Center on Saturday, January 13 for the first day of the Gun Show put on by Whipp Farms Productions. Though fewer people were in attendance for the second and final day of the show, foot traffic was steady and the show as a whole was considered largely successful.
“We’re looking forward to the next one already,” Charles Montgomery, owner of Whipp Farm Productions said. “We’ve got a date penciled in for this weekend next year, so we’ll be back.”
Vendors sold everything from guns, handguns, ammo, to camping and survival gear, handmade leather products, knives, and engraving services.
“I came to the gun show to look around and saw there was a table where you could get stuff engraved. I went out to my truck and grabbed my .40 cal Taurus slim and had them engrave my name across the top,” said Joe Montoya Jr. of Kosse. “It was pretty neat that they did it right there on the spot.”
Vendors were collectively happy with the turnout, and many did well. According to Montgomery, some vendors did as well as they would at a big show in Fort Worth. Others, like Doug Grisham Sr. of Grisham Custom Leather didn’t sell as many products as he would have liked, but saw this first show in Groesbeck as an opportunity to network and make connections that may serve him later on.
“Lot of lookers, not a whole lot of buyers,” Grisham commented. “A lot of people showed up, and a lot of people got my business cards and are wanting special things made, like cowboy rigs. That card gets me new customers.”
Montgomery’s wife Marlotta worked the door taking the $8 admission fee from those who attended, and was pleased with the two-day show’s turnout.
“It was really good yesterday for all the customers to come out. It's been a good Sunday too, you never know how Sundays will be. We understand everybody gets up and goes to church Sunday morning, but we had a lot before 12 and it’s been steady all day,” Mrs. Montgomery said. “I had a few customers that wanted something and vendors didn’t have it but they were able to bring it today so it all works really well.”
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