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Fairgrounds hosts gun show and bazaar

Variety of sellers offer a little bit of everything
Rylan Boggs

Blue Mountain Eagle

Published on March 21, 2017 3:24PM

Justin May shows potential customers a cartridge at the Strawberry Mountain Gun Show and It’s Almost Spring Bazaar at the Grant County Fairgrounds March 18. May said the popularity of smaller pistols that are more easily concealed is on the rise.

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Justin May shows potential customers a cartridge at the Strawberry Mountain Gun Show and It’s Almost Spring Bazaar at the Grant County Fairgrounds March 18. May said the popularity of smaller pistols that are more easily concealed is on the rise.

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Handguns for sale at the Strawberry Mountain Gun Show and Almost Spring Bazaar at the Grant County Fairgrounds March 18.

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Handguns for sale at the Strawberry Mountain Gun Show and Almost Spring Bazaar at the Grant County Fairgrounds March 18.

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A handmade obsidian knife made by Mt. Vernon resident Patrick Burns for sale at the Strawberry Mountain Gun Show and It’s Almost Spring Bazaar at the Grant County Fairgrounds March 18. Burns said the pieces are mostly decorative, but extremely sharp and functional if need be.

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A handmade obsidian knife made by Mt. Vernon resident Patrick Burns for sale at the Strawberry Mountain Gun Show and It’s Almost Spring Bazaar at the Grant County Fairgrounds March 18. Burns said the pieces are mostly decorative, but extremely sharp and functional if need be.

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Alexander Bjornberg ties flies at the Strawberry Mountain Gun Show and It’s Almost Spring Bazaar at the Grant County Fairgrounds March 18. Bjornberg is offering fly-fishing and fly-tying classes as well as guiding trips through his company Eastern Oregon Fly Fishing.

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Alexander Bjornberg ties flies at the Strawberry Mountain Gun Show and It’s Almost Spring Bazaar at the Grant County Fairgrounds March 18. Bjornberg is offering fly-fishing and fly-tying classes as well as guiding trips through his company Eastern Oregon Fly Fishing.

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Handmade jewelry and knives made by Mt. Vernon resident Patrick Burns for sale at the Strawberry Mountain Gun Show and It’s Almost Spring Bazaar at the Grant County Fairgrounds March 18. Burns makes the pieces as a hobby and said each one takes a minimum of four to five hours.

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Handmade jewelry and knives made by Mt. Vernon resident Patrick Burns for sale at the Strawberry Mountain Gun Show and It’s Almost Spring Bazaar at the Grant County Fairgrounds March 18. Burns makes the pieces as a hobby and said each one takes a minimum of four to five hours.

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Justin May tells potential customers about a variety of handguns at the Strawberry Mountain Gun Show and It’s Almost Spring Bazaar at the Grant County Fairgrounds March 18. May said they had sold a majority of handguns at the show but did have long rifles on display as well.

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Justin May tells potential customers about a variety of handguns at the Strawberry Mountain Gun Show and It’s Almost Spring Bazaar at the Grant County Fairgrounds March 18. May said they had sold a majority of handguns at the show but did have long rifles on display as well.

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Vendors selling everything from homemade chocolate to handguns gathered at the fairgrounds this weekend to peddle their wares.

The Strawberry Mountain Gun Show and the It’s Almost Spring Bazaar had 21 gun vendors and 25 craft vendors, according to fairgrounds manager Mindy Winegar.

She said the show was smaller than usual because it was the same weekend as Wes Knodel’s Rose City Gun and Knife Show at the Portland Expo Center.

While many of the vendors were from the area, they had sellers from La Grande, Burns and Baker, Winegar said.

Locals Justin May and Brandy Whitmore ran the Ace Hardware gun table at the show. While the table had a variety of firearms, May said people were purchasing more handguns than rifles, specifically the smaller, slimmer pistols designed for concealed carry. The stand operates under Ace’s Federal Firearm License and was able to perform background checks on the spot.

Katherine J. Kuhl of KJ’s Love Truffles had caramel, chocolate dipped spoons and a wide range of flavored chocolates for sale in the craft section of the bazaar. Kuhl and her husband own and run a ranch near Indian Creek, and she sells her treats at farmer’s markets, bazaars and Etc. in John Day.

Another local craftsmen selling his goods was Patrick Burns of Mt. Vernon. Burns hand-makes knives, arrowheads and jewelry from obsidian and other natural and synthetic materials. He said a knife takes roughly four to five hours minimum, and each piece comes with a polished juniper stand for display. He does the majority of his work during the winter and said it’s a good way to pass the time.

Though incredibly sharp and perfectly serviceable, Burns said most of his knives are bought as display pieces.

Almost all of his materials are locally sourced, with the obsidian coming from Glass Buttes in Lake County. Burns enjoys the traditional arts, and has a goal to fill an archery tag with a handmade long bow and traditional arrows.











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