Thousands show up for gun, knife show

Published: Jan. 25, 2015 at 4:38 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 25, 2015 at 5:31 PM EST
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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - For the first time this year, the Myrtle Beach Convention Center is packed, and packing.

With more guns than people per square foot, thousands came by to see what they could add to their holster.

Organizers say four to five thousand people could come spend their money, but it's the ones taking the money that needed the most planning. "There is a huge demand for vendors to get into the event, so we generally sell out about a month ahead of time," said Mike Kent, event promoter.

Kent Barrios wouldn't miss this weekend for anything. He is one of the only 125 vendors who got a table. Others tried, but are stuck at home since registration sold out months in advance. "I've been on the list since 2005, and usually I'll let the promoter know if I'm not gonna [sic] make it," Barrios said.

"The economy's very good in Myrtle Beach compared to some other areas in South Carolina so this is a must go to show for a lot of our vendors," Kent said. Those behind the event say this show is also a must for the city of Myrtle Beach. Since it comes twice a year, that's two times gun and weapon enthusiasts give the city a much needed boost, in the time of the year it could use it the most.

"All of these folks that come here for this show have to have a hotel room for one or two nights, all of our vendors have to eat at the restaurants for two or three days down here, have to buy their own gasoline here, we're paying an awful lot of sales tax on the merchandise sold, so it's a big economic boom for the Myrtle Beach area," Kent said.

The show wraps up Sunday at 5 p.m. It will return to town October 1, through November 31.

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