The Fort Macleod Chamber of Commerce is hosting a sold-out antique, artefact and gun sale and show this weekend.
Forty vendors rented 104 tables for sale and display on Friday and Saturday, June 17-18 at the Fort Macleod and District Sports Centre.
This is 14 more tables than the chamber could rent.
“I’m very excited,” said Sydney Tobler, the chamber’s administrative assistant. “The vendors seem extremely excited. They’re excited that it’s a sold-out show.”
The antique, art and weapon sale and presentation will take place on Friday, June 17 from 2 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, June 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Vendors offering guns and ammunition for sale are new to the Fort Macleod show.
Weapons were added to the event at the request of antique dealers.
Antique dealers at other shows have found that the presence of guns, ammunition and accessories increases attendance.
The Chamber is confident that this will happen at the Fort Macleod Sale and Show.
Tobler said Terri and John Green, Will and Donna Bilozir and the Lethbridge Gun Club helped convince gun dealers to participate in the Fort Macleod Fair and Show.
Gun makers are from Lethbridge, Cardston, Claresholm, BC and other centres.
Knifemakers will also be present with a wide selection of knives and hand-forged products. They offer a telescope repair service.
Antique dealers will offer a wide variety of goods including figurines, furniture, toys, antique gas pumps, mid-century objects, dolls, glassware, Pyrex, militaria, advertising, oil cans, jewelry, coins, stamps, silk scarves. , classes and comics.
“We have a lot of antiques people coming in that we haven’t seen in a long time because we have insurance to sell guns,” Tobler said. “They will be able to sell their antique weapons.”
Tobler said there will be antiques and guns for all types of collectors.
“I’m excited to see all the different antiques,” Tobler said. “When you get to see some things in person, it’s really quite remarkable.”
“It’s great to see all the antiquities and hear the stories behind them, how they found them, it’s really interesting. It will be interesting to hear the side of the arms dealers and the stories behind them.”
The last antiques and art fair and show took place under COVID-19 restrictions, which are no longer in place.
“I’ve heard a lot of positive things from the community,” Tobler said. “We received a lot of positive feedback.”
The Foothills Center is once again providing volunteers for set-up and tear-down.
Alberta Hardware sponsors a free vendor breakfast.
Werner Dressler volunteered to provide security in the arena day and night.
The Lions Club operates a concession stand at the arena and helps with other tasks.
Others volunteered to fill various positions.