ST. GEORGE — All the ingredients for a shotgun wedding could be found at the Dixie Center Saturday as the Southern Utah Wedding Showcase and the Crossroads of the West Gun Show kicked into high gear in two different areas of the convention center.
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The gun show shot off first at 9 a.m. and will continue again Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The wedding showcase, which was one day only, kicked off at 10 a.m., presenting many options to help brides-to-be plan their upcoming weddings.
Crossroads of the West Gun Show
More than 1,000 gun enthusiasts were present at the gun show Saturday to check out the latest offerings from vendors like Browning Arms Co., Western Arms & Ammo Co. and Fishbone Knotless Gear Tie.
The Crossroads of the West Gun Show, which travels annually to stops throughout Utah, Nevada, Arizona and California, has grown enormously since the first show 30 years ago, show Manager Jeff Templeton said.
“Since the first show in 1985, we’ve added more than 100 tables,” he said. “We’ve had more than 2,500 people (per event) coming through to these shows over the years.”
Trading guns and buying ammunition are among activities that typically take place at a gun show, Templeton said. Many items of merchandise for outdoor and hunting enthusiasts can also be purchased at a special discounted show price.
Sheryl Martell said she and her husband have been coming to gun shows for many years.
“We like the variety that’s here so we can find what we want,” she said.
In addition to various vendors dealing in all things arms, other related booths were available at the show. Army veteran Dallas Pearce was on hand to share his book “Baghdad at Night.” Pearce said he wants to share his experience of being in the service from January 2007 to March 2008.
“It’s not your regular explosion boilerplate Army literature,” he said. “There is some combat in the book, but it mainly focuses on interpersonal relationships and more about relationships and how infantry soldiers live overseas nowadays.”
The Crossroads of the West Gun Show continues Sunday at the Dixie Center, 1835 S. Convention Center Drive in St. George.
Southern Utah Wedding Showcase
It was a bride’s paradise at the annual Southern Utah Wedding Showcase Saturday as brides-to-be browsed, shopped and vied for prizes in another area of the Dixie Center.
The most coveted prize of the event was won by Carly Solomon, of Cedar City, who took home a $35,000 wedding package that will include a custom handmade wedding dress, a venue, engagement and wedding photos, a wedding video, flowers, a wedding planner, a wedding cake and more.
Solomon said she is getting married in May and couldn’t believe she won.
“I have broken the Solomon curse,” she said. “We never win anything, and I am just floored by this.”
The giveaways continued as 10 people dove into a huge bucket containing 10,000 pounds of ice to find a diamond that would win them a $15,000 ring from Seven Oaks Jewelers. The winner was Betsy Kimber. The ring itself was not in the ice but kept in a safe by the jewelry company.
Kimber said she will be giving the diamond ring to her friend Morgan Thurston, who will be getting married this summer.
“I am just so excited,” Thurston said when she heard the news.
Other prizes given included free limo rides to various places in California and Las Vegas courtesy of St. George Shuttle, to help brides and grooms travel to their honeymoon destinations.
Southern Utah Wedding Showcase Owner Cristina Zollinger said she was very happy with the turnout at the showcase.
“Everyone is excited for the giveaways,” Zollinger said. “This is the first time we have given so many big prizes away. It’s been such a success.”
A variety of vendors, including Kissin’ Makeup, Lovie’s Baked Goods, Holiday Lighting, the Mattress Store, the Sweet Tooth Fairy, and Jocelyn’s Floral, were at the showcase to share ideas and help brides plan their weddings.
Caleb White and McKell Goddard have a date for a May wedding and said they found a lot of helpful ideas at the showcase.
“It’s been great. It’s been a lot of fun to see all the displays because we have been doing a lot of online planning, and it’s great to come see things come together,” White said. “We have found a lot of good ideas and some vendors we may use for the wedding now.”
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