LOGAN — For the first time ever, the Crossroads of the West Gun Show is coming to Cache Valley. The show, which started in Salt Lake City and has grown throughout the western United States, will be held this weekend at the Cache County Event Center.
President Tracy Olcott said the show will feature a lot more than just firearms. It will be Friday noon to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
“This gun show is a fantastic representation of people here in Cache County and throughout the state of Utah and into Idaho,” explained Olcott. “We have lots of really fine firearms – if you’re interested in collectible firearms, there will be a lot of those – and ammunition for sale. You’ll find some tactical gear, also optics and other things you might need for an outdoor trip.”
Crossroads of the West Gun Shows started in 1974 after Olcott’s father decided to expand his Salt Lake gun store. They now organize approximately 60 shows a year in Utah, Arizona, California and Nevada.
Olcott said the show is meant to be a family event. Kids 12 and under are given free admission if they attend with their parent or guardian.
“We like families to come, so we in the older generation can start teaching the younger people about proper gun safety and guns in general.”
There will be firearm safety instructors at the show, providing information on classes and training. Many of the collectors will also be showing how different guns operate.
Olcott explained that even though everyone attending the show can buy, sell and trade firearms, they have to undergo background checks.
“We have more regulations than they do at gun stores. Every firearm in the gun show, if you are buying from a licensed firearms dealer, will go through a background check and a waiting period. Even if you have an outstanding parking ticket, you are going to fail the back ground check. So it is pretty heavily regulated.”
Olcott’s family has ties to Cache Valley and always looked forward to bringing the show to Logan. Years ago she attended Utah State and two of her brothers graduated from the school.