The National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association will host the NMLRA Indoor Trade Fair and American Heritage Banquet and Auction on Friday and Nov. 5 at West Virginia University Jackson's Mill State 4-H camp in Weston.
The Trade Fair will be open to the public from noon to 8 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. 6 p.m. on Nov. 5. Anyone interested in muzzleloading will have an opportunity to buy from vendors who will have supplies they may not be able to get locally. In addition to the NMLRA presence, local groups including the West Virginia State Muzzleloading Association will be on hand to promote the muzzleloading sport. Adult admission is $2; NMLRA members are admitted free with membership card.
The event will include free seminars by Mike Miller, "Rifles and Fowlers of the Southern Colonial Frontier, " beginning at 1 p.m. both days; and John Curry, "Early Hunts, Scouts, Forts, Hostile Indian Encounters and Etc. along the Northwestern Virginia Frontier," at 3 p.m. Nov. 5.
Visitors to last year’s National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association Indoor Trade Fair look over some of the items for display and sale.
There will be a 15-shot novelty shoot from 9 a.m. to noon on Nov. 5 with $100 in Fair Bucks being given away. The Fair Bucks can be used at the WVU Jackson's Mill General Store and the vendors' tables. The shoot will be open to everybody, which will expose new people to the competitive shooting for which the muzzleloading sport is known. Entry fee is $10 and everyone who enters will receive a blanket prize with at least a $15 value.
The NMLRA American Heritage Benefit Banquet will be hosted in the evening on Nov. 5 in the Jackson's Mill dining hall giving participants an opportunity to have fellowship with other likeminded people. Doors open at 6 p.m. with a buffet-style meal beginning at 6:30 p.m. An auction will be conducted immediately after.
Innerloc Out There's own Corey Brosman will be lending a hand at the banquet and competing in the novelty shoot. Brosman and John Curry, who is well known for his "Wilderness Writings" and his book "Rock Houses and Rhododendrons," will be among the guest speakers. Many items have been secured for the giveaways, auctions and drawing including a Cabela's Pedersoli muzzleloading rifle and Cabela's Pedersoli shotgun.
There are limited banquet tickets and vendor space still available. All items sold or displayed should be related to muzzleloading firearms, supplies or related crafts or muzzleloading or muzzleloading hunting.
Anyone wishing to demonstrate a trade or craft at the trade fair may call the NMRLA office at 800-745-1493 to make arrangements and scheduling.
For more information, visit www.nmlra.org or call Donnis Trader at 304-684-7738.
The National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association was founded in 1933. The NMLRA promotes and preserves our nation's historical heritage in the sport of muzzleloading through historical re-enactments, match competition, hunting and other related programs.