• Photo by Alexandra Cannon, Groesbeck Journal
    Foot traffic was slow and congested in places at the Gun Show put on by Whipp Farm Productions in the Groesbeck Convention Center, January 13 and 14, but that allowed customers to examine handguns and other items closely.
  • Photo by Alexandra Cannon, Groesbeck Journal
    One customer tried a gun on for size, lifting it to shooting position against his shoulder and speaking with vendor Dave Marchand during the first day of the Gun Show at the Convention Center.
  • Photo by Alexandra Cannon, Groesbeck Journal
    Vendors and customers bartered and discussed prices, made small talk, and snaked their way around the Convention Center to see what product were available. “That’s what makes these things work is the trading, and the customers coming,” Charles Montgomery of Whipp Farm Productions said. “A guy can come in carrying a gun and he may sell it to another customer, no dealer involved so it works out well.”

Gun Show in Groesbeck Sees Booming Success

By Alexandra Cannon, Staff Writer

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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