By Jason A. Smith
More than 3,000 firearms enthusiasts are expected to converge at Atlanta Motor Speedway (AMS) in Hampton this weekend, for the GunRunner Shows exhibit.
The raceway will host its first GunRunner Shows exhibit Saturday, from 9 a.m., to 5 p.m., and Sunday, from 10 a.m., to 5 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, and free for children ages 12 and under.
"Our dealers want to be at AMS, because of the support we get from the citizens in Hampton, and the surrounding areas," said Monica Steverson co-owner, and promoter, for GunRunner Shows.
"The last six shows we've done, attendance was above 3,000 for each of them," Steverson said.
Steverson said the GunRunner Shows exhibit is popular because of it wide selection of items on display. "Probably 90 percent of the show is actual guns. The rest is knives and gun accessories."
Co-owner, Larry Steverson, said the gun show typically brings in a wide range of firearms.
"The most expensive I've ever seen is probably $20,000," he said. "It runs the gamut, from $100 on up," he said.
"We have everything from pistols to semi-automatic weapons, and .22 caliber rifles, to AK 47s," added Monica Steverson. She predicts attendance could reach as many as 4,000 people this weekend.
GunRunner Shows, which is also co-owned by Elaine Steverson, began producing events 22 years ago, according to Monica Steverson.
"Ours stands out because of the excitement that we, as promoters, put into the shows," she continued. "It's family-owned and operated, from the first minute [detail] of the show, to the time the doors close on Sunday."
Matthew Simmons, marketing and promotion coordinator for AMS, said activities centered on guns are popular at the speedway.
"Over the years, there have been a number of gun shows in the Atlanta Motor Speedway infield garages," he said. "We look forward to hosting another great show this weekend. We typically have a great crowd of enthusiasts, perusing the offerings, looking for a deal to be had."
For more information on GunRunner Shows, call Monica Steverson at (706) 592-4347.
Simmons added that Saturday's gun show, will coincide with the fourth Winter Flurry, short-track race at AMS. The six-race series began Nov. 6, and additional races are scheduled for Feb. 12, and March 12.