Joe Simpson has been going to gun shows for 15 years. This weekend, Simpson set up shop at Cache Valley’s first gun show.

“I’m a businessman more than a gun man,” Simpson said. “I believe in the Second Amendment, and I come to these shows to meet like-minded people and get my business out there.”

Simpson is the owner of The Firing Edge in Lewiston, Idaho. He traveled to Cache Valley to be part of The Crossroads of the West Gun Show.

“We go everywhere from Vegas to Virginia and the East Coast,” Simpson said. “The partner is at home right now taking care of the shop.”

Simpson is just one of almost 200 vendors that work with the Crossroads Gun Show, a show run by Rob Templeton of Kaysville.

Templeton continued the gun show after his father started it 43 years ago.

“We love the Logan area, and we were excited to come back,” Templeton said. He, his wife and his kids all graduated from Utah State University.

“We wanted this show to be family friendly, and I think we have succeeded in that,” Templeton said.

John Taylor of Providence was at the gun show Friday and said he is excited that an event geared toward him came to the valley.

“You know, we go to the rodeo in the summer, but other than that, there really isn’t much in Cache Valley that I’m interested in,” Taylor said. “It’s a university town, and there tends to be more liberal events than not.”

Templeton said that his gun shows are for everyone.

“Cache Valley is pretty conservative, and that’s one reason we came here,” Templeton said. “There are a variety of vendors that are selling T-shirts, purses and food.”

Vendors like Anarchy Outdoors, Smart Armor Technology and Rhineland Technology are set up inside the Cache County Fairgrounds.

“We go to shows all year round,” said Ereka Foster of L&E Guns in Arizona. “We come in, set up and then haul ourselves to the next one.”

Jeff Press and his wife started a business called The Press that sells lawn ornaments such as dragons and fountains as well as rifles. Press works in Logan and said that they love being able to come here for a show.

Logan resident Jeremy Adams brought his son and daughter to the event.

“It’s a good excuse to get out,” Adams said. “We go to the craft shows at the fairgrounds too when they come around. I don’t really like guns, but my daughter does so I told her we could check it out.”

The Crossroads of the West Gun Show goes through March 2 at the Cache Valley Fairgrounds. Kids 12 and under are free, and tickets can be bought at the door.