Senior center gun show draws a crowd

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 14:40
  • The Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center Gun Show March 11, 2017. With vendors selling a variety of weapons and other equipment, the show regularly raises thousands of dollars for the Chugiak nonprofit. (Star photo by Kirsten Swann)
  • Rifles on display at the Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center Gun Show March 11, 2017. The popular community event features dozens of vendors and raises thousands of dollars for the Chugiak nonprofit. (Star photo by Kirsten Swann)
  • Guns on display at the Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center Gun Show March 11, 2017. The popular community event features dozens of vendors and raises thousands of dollars for the Chugiak nonprofit. (Star photo by Kirsten Swann)
  • Richard Dana, a local collector, at the Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center Gun Show March 11, 2017. The popular community event features dozens of vendors and raises thousands of dollars for the Chugiak nonprofit. (Star photo by Kirsten Swann)
  • The Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center Gun Show March 11, 2017. The popular community event regularly draws hundreds of people from around the community, raising thousands of dollars for the local nonprofit. (Star photo by Kirsten Swann)
  • Guns on display at the Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center Gun Show March 11, 2017. Featuring a wide variety of vendors, the event regularly raises thousands of dollars for the Chugiak nonprofit. (Star photo by Kirsten Swann)

There was seemingly something for everyone at the most recent round of the Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center Gun Show, which again drew huge crowds to an event that’s exploding in popularity.

Outside, cars filled the parking lot and lined the sides of Birchwood Loop Road.

Inside, a throng of people packed the dining hall and overflowed into the lobby, drawn by more than just firearms. Bags of shell casings, military collectables, accessories and other shooting gear filled the dozens of tables dotting the floor. Elderly gun enthusiasts rubbed elbows with state legislators and families towing young children. Attendees shouldered classic rifles, perused rows of handguns, snacked on French fries and apple fritters and entered for a chance to win a rifle or a bison hunting trip to Kodiak Island.

Between vendor payments and entry fees, the show is a major fundraiser for the community senior center, CERSC staff said. Since the first show in Spring 2016, it’s raised more than $18,000 for the local nonprofit.

The next show — the center’s fifth — is set to take place October 21-22, according to CERSC.

This year’s event concludes Sunday, March 12 at 4 p.m.

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