For Rick Stark, the three-day gun show he organized over the weekend kept him close to home.
It opened Friday in Thee Garage than vendors from throughout the state covering tables with everything from rifles, pistols, knives and ammunition to even colorful cutting boards.
For vendor Albert Kwasinski, it was his stock of Damascus Knives which made the trip from Miles City to Baker worth it.
“Everybody really likes them. I sold quite a few of them,” he said packing up Sunday afternoon. “There are no two (knives) alike.”
Even as the weather worsened in Baker, Kwasinski said it would be a problem getting back to Miles City. “With four-wheel drive, all you have to do is slow down,” he said.
For other vendors, like Rusty Pegar of Billings, it was busy Friday and Saturday and fairly quiet by Sunday afternoon. Pegar’s Terus Gallery business is based in Billings, but he spends time on the road hitting gun shows like the recent one in Bowman and has a wide variety of items, including badges, knives, pistols and rifles, in addition to other items.
For Baker resident Cindy Boe, she specializes in selling paintings and colorful cutting boards for kitchens with scenic images and wildlife on them. She also said that the show was busier on Friday and Saturday.
Stark, who lives in Baker, had his rifles and shotguns covering several tables in the center of the room.
It was the second gun show in the region that he had organized, following a three-day show in Bowman two weeks earlier.
He admitted that Baker was smaller with a smaller venue, but it also has been successful.