Although this year marks the 48th Annual Labor Day Gun Show & Flea Market, there are always new additions to make Hillsville’s biggest show better and more convenient.
The 2015 event is no different as organizers will be using vacant spaces in the Grover King VFW Post 1115 lot to accommodate handicapped parking for the show, which runs from Sept. 4-7. According to Flea Market Manager Andy Bowman, handicapped parking will be allowed this year in the far upper area inside the VFW lot in portions of Rows 29-31. It should be a welcome addition as the annual event draws hundreds of thousands of people to the small town each year.
“The spaces there that are not full will be used for handicapped parking during the show, which will make it a lot easier than what is has been,” Bowman said. “And all vendor parking has been moved up on top of the hill to the new lot behind the (Hickory Hills) Shopping Center. And we will have customer parking inside that lot also.”
Bowman added there will also be specialty vendors inside the VFW this year with things not normally sold there – such as ice cream, corn on the cob, turkey legs, baked potatoes, ices, and homemade lemonade.
“We will also have a food vendor that sells anything and everything behind Victory Way Church where you check in off U.S. 52,” Bowman said. “It will be inside our parking area for the convenience of people leaving.”
According to Gun Show Manager Mike Lara, the VFW Young Guns will also be selling food items inside the VFW lot after the main kitchen closes at 4 p.m. each day.
“We will have hot dogs and some other items from 4 until about 6 p.m.,” Lara said. “All proceeds will go to the VFW’s new Young Guns’ committee.”
No animals area allowed inside the compound unless they are authorized, registered service animals. Also, no loaded weapons are allowed inside the compound. Visitors and vendors are asked to unload their firearms before entering the building for safety reasons.
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