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CLA Show In Lexington - Recommendations?

 
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Martin Meltzer
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2011 8:19 pm    Post subject: CLA Show In Lexington - Recommendations? Reply with quote

Howdy!

My brothers and I are planning to attend the CLA show in Lexington later this month. Since this will be our first time to go to this event, are there any "must see" vendors to check out? What eateries are in the neighborhood within walking distance?

From everything we've heard this is the finest indoor show East of the Mississippi and we're looking forward to it!

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 07, 2011 8:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just go. Bring money. Be prepared to be overwhelmed to the point of being cross-eyed and sensory overload.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2011 11:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Plenty of eateries in walking distance. There's a nice restaurant across the street with fine food. Less expensive stuff closeby also.

At the last CLA they divided the show into contemporary work and antiques in their own sections, which was helpful.

Must see vendors depends on what you like. Guns, horns, bags, what, and what style/time period will all determine who you should go see.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2011 11:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"are there any "must see" vendors to check out?"


Conde Trading, IMHO

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2011 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Look at everything.If you have been wanting one its probably there.There is a few fast food eateries in the lower level of the Rupp Arena and there is a nice little bar that makes a mean Rueben sandwich.The CLA puts on a good show.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2011 12:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Reuben Sandwich!!!!! I am sooooo gonna go to the store tomorrow! OOHH MAAAaaan am I hungry for one of those!
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2011 11:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Save Illinois History will be there with our 2012 gun raffle setup.
Please stop by.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2011 7:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I just got back home from going to the show...WOW! Conde, you were right! Every time I passed by a vendor or a display I thought, "There's no way that they can top this!", then they would. I didn't see a thing that I didn't want.

I met a awful bunch of nice people who would take the time to answer any questions and they would tell you where to find an item if they didn't have it.
As a "Hoosier" usually anything connected to the University of Kentucky is considered "enemy territory", but the facilities were top notch. There was plenty of room to get around in. You could stop if you saw something that caught your eye, and didn't have to worry about causing a twenty person pile up behind you.

I purchased a nifty looking rifle maintenance tool pouch, a tow worm, a bullet puller, and a French Amber Flint that will look great with my French Sea Service Pistol. If I start saving now (or win the State Lottery), I just might have enough money for next year! What a great time!

Tater... I hope your organization raised a ton of money for your excellent cause, and I'll be waiting for notification that I've won your raffle! Ha, ha, ha! I didn't win anything at the show's raffle, but the good natured kidding from the announcer and the comments from the crowd made it very entertaining. I think that was the best tasting Ruben Sandwich I've ever had!
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2011 4:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just got home and I is beat.
Thanks Martin. We didn't do too bad. This was the second year for SIH being there and the CLA folks have treated us extremely well. We hope to keep going back.

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