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WEST POINT – Firearms enthusiasts from across the country will flock to western Bullitt County this weekend for what has become one of the area’s biggest attractions.
The biannual Knob Creek Range Machine Gun Shoot and Military Gun Show and Shoot will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 12, 13 and 14 in West Point, Ky.
Knob Creek office and show manager Gina Carnell said everyone at the gun range was excited to see the spring show and shoot return after its cancellation last year.
Knob Creek management called off the 2012 spring show and shoot after the bridge that once served as the gun range’s public entrance off KY44 West was hit by a log truck and collapsed in 2011.
With only a temporary, low-laying bypass to connect the gun range with KY44, the event was cancelled due to weather concerns, particularly flooding.
“There’s nothing worse than having to cancel a shoot,” Carnell said, adding that the cancellation hurt not only the gun range, but surrounding communities like Shepherdsville, Brooks, Radcliff and Muldraugh, which have come to rely on the thousands of visitors the event typically attracts to fill hotels and restaurants, she added.
With that, Carnell was pleased to announce that construction crews were busy putting the finishing touches on a new bridge that will welcome visitors to Knob Creek this weekend.
“It’s going to be great,” Carnell said, adding that the gun range shouldn’t have to worry about flooding again.
Carnell said this year’s spring show and shoot is sure to draw a record breaking crowd as more than 200 vendors will be selling everything from firearms to ammunition.
The family-friendly event will also boast shooting competitions and entertaining pyrotechnic displays.
The Knob Creek Gun Range is located 12 miles west of Shepherdsville on KY44W, one mile off US31W.
The Knob Creek Spring Machine Gun Show and Shoot will take place Friday, 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sunday 7 a.m.-4 p.m., April 12-14. Admission is $10 for those 13 years and older, $5 for children 12 and younger.