A group devoted to the history and use of muzzleloading firearms is holding its annual convention in Kearney this weekend.
Organizer Phil Tripe says the United Nebraska Muzzleloaders Association event is bringing in members from all across the region and the trade show will open today at noon.
“In the evening, there will be various entertainers, meetings for the convention board, and then on Saturday will be the seminars, the district meetings, the banquet will start at 6 o’clock,” Tripe says. “There will be an auction of items, most of them will be handmade.”
The event features vendors and demonstrations associated with the early mountain man lifestyle. The association has been around since the 1970s but many of the attendees will appear as if they’re from the 1870s.
“Most of the people that are associated with the trade show and convention will be dressed in buckskins and clothing that the mountain men would have worn back then,” he says, “moccasins, long hunter shirts.”
The convention will run through Sunday at the Ramada Inn and Conference Center in Kearney.
By Brent Wiethorn, KKPR, Kearney