The planning is already underway for the 2016 show !!
Our biggest challenge is to be able to provide space for all the vendors that want to present their wares. We have many of the 2015 vendors already requesting to be at the 2016 show plus a growing waiting list of new vendors.
Mark your calendars, the dates for the 2016 show are August 6th-7th
Recap of the 2015 Show...
Although not a Downtown Crossville, Inc. sponsored event, several DCI board members and many DCI volunteers joined with Cumberland Community Complex manager, Donnie Moody, to host a Gun and Knife show in 2015 to benefit the children of Cumberland County.
The 2015 show was held on August 7th-8th and was even more successful than the 2014 show. With a $5.00 admission and FREE parking is it any wonder!! The show sold out vendor tables about a month before the show dates and when the show opened there were fourteen (14) vendors on the waiting list to get tables.
The 2015 show again had a "confiscated weapons" auction on Saturday night with over 100 weapons confiscated by the Cumberland County Sherriff's Department being offered for auction. Several of the gun show vendors also placed weapons in the auction which added new and almost new guns to the auction lineup. The auction played to a "standing room only" crowd that lasted late into the night. The $5.00 Saturday admission included the show and the auction.
Come Saturday there were lines waiting when the doors opened at 9:00am. The gun and knife exhibitors were spread out in two buildings this year to handle the 186 tables of goodies. The selection was even better than last year's show with vendors coming from as far away as upstate New York to exhibit their wares. Saturday also featured a visit from none other than legendary Col. Coon himself, Adrian Harris, to sign autographs and chat with the knife crowd.
The emphasis this year was on the family and provided many family oriented activities. Many of our sponsors and exhibitors provided door prizes which were awarded every hour throughout the entire show. The show offered gun carry permit classes on Saturday with live range shooting to complete the certification on Sunday afternoon.
There were lots of "kids only" supervised activities which included Daisy's BB Shooting Range, Birds of Prey presented by the TN parks and wildlife, the National Wildlife Turkey Federation had an archery exhibition along with a skill development shooting range, face painting, balloon characters and many more activities for family members.
Food? Oh, yes there was food !! Good food abounded... Fried Pies from Little Grannies Fried Pies, and ice drinks, Big Lick Presbyterian Church served their famous BBQ and Pulled Pork sandwiches. DCI provided a tent with picnic tables for those of us who couldn't stay away from the food court.
The City of Crossville sponsored an "old fashioned turning" tent which featured the Cumberland Woodturners giving demo's on how to turn... they sure made a pile of wood chips along with some very fine turned pieces!! Dave Kirk Auto had a beautiful display of new GM products for all of us to look at.
A special thanks goes out to Donnie Moody and his Community Complex staff... what a job they did!! And thanks also, to the many volunteers who were always there doing what had to be done, without them this would not have been possible!!
Cumberland County Gun & Knife Show Executive Committee