Saturday the Silver Spur Trade Show kicked off from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Brownwood Coliseum, at 500 E. Baker. The show will continue from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults and kids under 12 get in for free.
The parking lot was full at 9 a.m. and overflow was parking across and down the street from the show by 10 a.m. People filled the colisium as soon as the doors opened Saturday morning perusing and purchasing different types of merchandise.
The trade show this year boasted its expected merchandise of guns and blades of all shapes, sizes and caliber, but also added several booths to appeal to people of all ages and genders.
Booths from coins to jewelry to toys were all conveniently located just inside the Coliseum. Several booths had a combination of guns and leather goods or weapons and toys ranging from lighted gems to play guns with lights and sound effects.
Those in attendance who missed breakfast had to opportunity to stop at a booth with freshly cinnamon-roasted cashews, almonds and peanuts sold at $5 for a small bag, and the snack bar in the Colisium was open for business.
One booth that visitors like to stop in at was the NRA and Eastland’s Friends of the NRA organization. This booth was offering a raffle for an AR-15, the winner will be announced in Oct. Tickets were $20 each and only 300 tickets were to be sold.
“Where else can you get an AR-15 for $20,” said Robert E. Ralls, recruiter for the NRA.
Robert Ralls spoke of the organization and Friends of the NRA. He said they were two different organizations, the NRA is the well-known organization that fights for the second amendment and the Friends of NRA are a non-profit, non-political organization who do fund-raising.
The money donated or raised to the organization is divided. Half of the money goes toward several youth programs like Eddie Eagle, a gun-educational program for children, woman’s programs like Refuse to be a Victim, range services, clubs and associations, education and training, law enforcement, competitive shooting, hunter safety services and the National Firearms Museum.
The other portion of the money is put back into the local area. The Eastland branch of Friends of the NRA is just one of many. There are several across the state including in Brady, Coleman and other Brown County areas. Last year this organization raised $211,000 in grants. Jeanne Ralls, of Friends of NRA said that a portion of that money goes towards sending kids to Washington and Austin to meet with lawmakers and see how laws are passed.
“They are the ones that are going to be our future. That is why friends raises the money,” said Jeanne Ralls.
Other booths on site sold a myriad of guns and blades in every shape and size a buyer could need. The aisles were packed with customers searching for ammunition and weapons that have become rare and difficult to find in this new era of potential gun-control, where the second amendment and easy access to weapons is being called into question.
Several booths sold T-shirts proudly proclaiming and charging others to protect the citizens of the United State’s second amendment — the right to bear ar