Annual Gun Show Helps Support Scouts and Disabled Vets


housands of outdoor enthusiasts spent the weekend at an area gun show for a good cause.

The annual Bob and Rocco’s Gun Show at the Chippewa Valley Expo Center in Eau Claire featured 75 dealers and collectors.

More than 2,000 people came out to buy, sell, trade and learn about firearms, ammo and other products.

The event is hosted by the Take a Kid Hunting Foundation.

Proceeds from the gun show are going to help build a campground and training center in Pittsville for disabled vets and outdoor groups.

So far, the foundation has built a handicap pier and stocked the nearby lake with fish.

“It will be land where Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, disabled vets can come out there and go fish, and just have them sign up for certain days to do it,” said Ron Nirtin with the Take a Kid Hunting Foundation.

The next step is building a museum on the grounds.

The hope is the campground can host families of active veterans to spend the day fishing and enjoying the outdoors on some weekends during the summer.

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