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By Brittany Allen

Masonic Lodge kicks off season with annual fall gun show


With hunting season just around the corner, the Masonic Lodge is gearing up to host their second annual fall gun show and sale to take place on Saturday, Sept. 24, giving locals the chance to hunt down a good deal on the weapon of their choice.

Scott Robinson, who has been very active in promoting the event, says the Lodge is trying to keep gun shows at a two-a-year minimum, because otherwise “it wouldn’t be an event.”

Of the upcoming event, Robinson said he “think[s] there will be a great turn-out because of the hunting season being where it’s at.”

According to Robinson, around 300 people attended last year’s fall show, most from the Goldendale area even though vendors usually include gun dealers from Goldendale, The Dalles, and Hood River. So far 15 proprietors are scheduled to be present this year, including representatives from the Old Mill Bargain Center in The Dalles, Goldendale local Zane Kearns, and Olson Arms will be present to take care of transactions.

“It seems like we’re pretty local right now,” Robinson said. “I think we pretty much curtail to the local community.”

Just like any good hunt, the day will start with coffee and donuts provided by the Lodge and around mid-day members of the Eastern Star will be cooking and serving lunch.

During the day there will also be a raffle; participants can pay $10 for one chance at winning a Weatherby Upland Pump Shotgun. But, they’re only selling 150 tickets, so those who really want to win must be ready to pounce.

“This is to benefit the Masonic Lodge and the charities we support,” Steve Hinze, current master of the Goldendale Masonic Lodge said.

These charities include: Bikes for Books and Backpacks for Kids, and proceeds also pay into the Masonic Lodge’s scholarship program.

Tickets to enter the show will be $2 and can be purchased at the door. Tables are still available for dealers to rent for $20.00. For more information, call Steve Hinze at (509) 773-3292 or (360) 600-8752.


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