The High Prairie Gun and Sportsman Show is over for another year, and chairperson Darrell Basarab deems the event very successful.
“The attendance was about the same as last year, it came in waves,” says Basarab. “We had quite a few new exhibitors who were excited to be here.”
Approximately 5,000 people went through the doors at the 15th annual show. It was held in the Sports Palace, Gordon Buchanan Recreation Centre and the curling rink duirng the weekend of April 16-17.
One-hundred and thirty dealers came from acros Western Canada, including B.C. and Saskatchewan. The Sports Palace featured recreational items, the GBRC had the firearms and sporting goods dealers and the curling rink had the home-based business and crafters show.
Senior project archeologist Kurtis Blaikie-Birkigt and his crew from TreeTime Services were in the lobby of the Sports Palace to examine artifacts brought in by the public.
They had artifacts and archeology information on display too.
A dinner and dance was held at the Elks Pro Rodeo Grounds north of High Prairie in the evening of April 16. The Royal Canadian Air Cadets Squadron No. 539 of High Prairie performed a drill before dinner.
A local band, Backwater Breakdown, was the featured entertainment. Check the Smoky River Express’ Facebook Page for video clips of their performances.
There were draws for several raffles, including a three-gun raffle.
Cathy Semeniuk of Eaglesham won the First prize, a Beretta A391 XTREMA Camo 12-gauge shotgun.
Jim Trevors won the second prize, a Remington 700 SPS Wood Tech 7mm Magnum with a Zeiss 4-12 power scope. Third prize, a Henry Golden Boy .22 LR lever action rifle, went to Carl Willier.
There was also a raffle for two bows and a range finder. Kyle Harnish won the adult bow, Rob Buchan won the child’s bow and Shawn Oliver won the range finder.
There was also a draw for a small, fully-functional cannon. Mark Marcinkow of Hilliard’s Bay Estates won the cannon.