In the months leading up to the Cortez Gun and Sportsman Show, event organizer Steve Blackwell promised something spectacular.
Two days removed from the event, there is little doubt that Blackwell’s promise materialized.
Taking place at the Montezuma County Fairgrounds, April 25-27, this year’s Cortez Gun and Sportsman Show drew more than 250 vendors and just under 3,000 patrons.
Several local vendors joined sales people from across the country, offering a diverse array of products, including guns, ammo, outdoor products and security systems.
Also present at the show were several unique venders, including Cortez hair salon Hair Headquarters, which provided haircuts.
“We’re doing well,” said hair stylist Debbie Tucker. “This is the second year that we’ve been here, and it has done really good for us.”
In addition to the show’s many vendors, several local political candidates were present, speaking with constituents and answering questions.
Among them was Montezuma County Commissioner candidate James Lambert, who briefly discussed the value of hosting large-scale events in the county.
“It’s great to have things like this in the area, for sure,” Lambert said. “The climate, the people and the scenery make this place special.
Rounding out those who set up tables at the show were several Wounded Warriors organizations, church groups and high school teams.
Among the teams in attendance was the Montezuma-Cortez High School cheerleading team, which sold baked goods at the event.
“We appreciate all the donations that are being given to us,” cheerleader Tydall Davis said. “We’re excited because (the money we raise here) is going to toward new uniforms, competitions and camps.”
Also featured at the event was a car show that featured several classic vehicles and a quick-draw demonstration.
The M-CHS football team seamlessly managed event parking, while several local businesses and hotels profited from outside individuals attending the event.
“It was definitely a good start to the summer months for Montezuma County,” Blackwell said. “Vendors remarked that they are never treated as well as they are in Cortez.”
Pplans are already in the works for next year’s show, which, according to Blackwell, will offer the same community benefits as this year’s event.
“The Four Corners Rifle and Pistol Club will continue to make this a yearly event in Montezuma County,” he said.