The 30th annual Durant Rotary Gun & Knife Show is coming on Nov. 2 and 3 - and it’s coming back to a familiar location.
The show will return to Bryan County Fairgrounds this year. The event will also feature a number of new activities as the Rotary Club’s main fund-raiser evolves into a full-grown festival three decades on.
“This is our number one event,” said Rotary Club member Grady Hartman.
“This benefits all of our work in the community,” said Rotarian Tom Criswell. “And we have various members of the community who contribute as sponsors of the Gun Show.”
Proceeds from Gun and Knife Show admission sales, booth sales and concessions benefit a variety of Rotary activities. Notable causes include handing out dictionaries to local children, work at area cemeteries, scholarships, and supporting United Way, Meals on Wheels and Families Feeding Families.
The event attracts upwards of 2,000 visitors - and that number is likely to go up as the event takes on more of a two-day festival atmosphere this year.
The Gun & Knife Show itself (9-5 on Saturday and 9-3 on Sunday) will have a $5 admission but is free to children 10 and under. Durant Police Captain Joe Kirk (retired) will offer the official Oklahoma gun carry license class for those 21 and up. Call (580) 847-2267 to reserve limited seating.
The Rotary Club is introducing its Guns and Saddles Poker Run on Saturday starting at 9 a.m. A 50-mile ride will start and end at the show, with the first stop being Three Valley Museum. For more information on the poker run, call (580) 920-3642.
Three Valley Museum will also host a musical performance of the Creekhouse Crew at 7 p.m. Saturday (two hours after the gun show closes). Admission will be $5 with a discount for Gun Show attendees.
The Creekhouse Crew is described as “a melodious blend of vocal harmonies and acoustic instrumentation” which includes guitar, fiddle, banjo and upright bass. The museum is located at 401 W. Main St. in downtown Durant.
Red River Ford is also getting into the act, offering discounted admission to the show for anyone who comes to test drive a vehicle on Saturday. If Red River Ford gets 300 test drives, Ford Motor Company will donate $6,000 to Bryan County food banks.