ST. GEORGE — The Crossroads of the West Gun Show is set to open Saturday and Sunday at the Dixie Convention Center, 1835 S. Convention Center Drive in St. George. The annual show will feature gun shops from all over the state under one roof where customers can view and purchase guns, ammunition, gear and more.
The family owned and operated Crossroads of the West gun shows have been a staple in Southern Utah since 1985, said event organizer Jeff Templeton, who added that they love coming to St. George.
“The St. George show is my baby,” Templeton said. “It is cool for so many reasons.”
The two-day event will include something for everyone from avid hunters to the weekend marksman and goes beyond guns to include handcrafted knives, bows and arrows and other gear.
Because there will be so many vendors under one roof, attendees will be able to view and purchase guns and ammunition that aren’t always carried at their local stores and they will be able to find them at a good price, Templeton said.
Attendees are welcome to bring their own guns whether to appraise, sell, trade or just show them off as long as they are not loaded. Loaded guns will not be permitted on the property.
One of the highlights of the weekend event is the concealed carry class. For $40 attendees will take the class right at the show and walk out with everything they need to send to the state to receive their concealed carry permit, Templeton said.
The three hour class will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday and is something that Templeton said should not be missed.
“I have never seen the price so low,” Templeton said of the class. “Some people want to feel safe all the time. It is nice to be confident and know that you are an equalizer and I am proud that they are promoting that here.”
Education is always a good thing, Templeton said. The concealed carry class and gun show in general is a great way to bring people together and educate them about proper gun usage, as well as American history.
If you have never been to a gun show or if you only see guns on the news or being used in crimes, you should come see what we have to offer. Guns are a thread in the fabric of American history. You can learn about so many levels of history at a gun show. A gun show is a very polite place. We have all sorts of people come. We have military people, cowboys, hunters and families. Families are welcomed and encouraged.
To add to the diversity, over the past ten years Templeton said he has seen a huge growth in the number of women attending the show, and not just with a spouse or a boyfriend. They are coming alone as self-sufficient, independent women.
“I like that the demographic is changing,” Templeton said,.”Plus, women are almost always good shots.”
Tickets are $8 for adults while children 12 and under are free with a parent or guardian. Tickets can be purchased online or at the event. Once you have a ticket, Templeton said, you are free to come and go throughout the duration of the show.
In order to show their appreciation for those who serve and have served America, all active and retired military members with military identification or who are able to demonstrate past or present service will receive free admission Sunday.
“We want to give them their own veteran’s day on Sunday,” Templeton said.
The show will be open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and again Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• S P O N S O R E D C O N T E N T •
- What: Crossroads of the West Gun Show
- When: Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Where: Dixie Convention Center, 1835 S. Convention Center Drive, St. George
- Cost: $8, Children (12 and under) free with parent or guardian
- Resources: Crossroads of the West Gun Show | Website
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