2009 RCA HARRISBURG, PA DISPLAY SHOW

This Display Show was dedicated in the memory of our dear friend, fellow displayer and RCA member, Glen (Budd) Given, Jr., who recently passed away. Budd will be sorely missed but always fondly remembered! The third Annual RCA Harrisburg, PA display show was held the weekend of March 21 & 22, 2009. This is a 1200 table venue and was a well attended show. We want to thank our host, Nick Jubinski, Mid Atlantic Arms Collectors (MAAC), for inviting us to the show and awarding a most generous pot of prize money. A lot of the public stopped by and looked at the displays and chatted with the displayers. From what I hear, that resulted in some good guns purchased and numerous good leads on potential great finds! We had eleven great displays that almost covered all areas of Ruger collecting. This proved to be very interesting and educational to the public. The displays were graded by a well qualified group of judges and the winners of the various classes named. The winner of each class was presented with a plaque, a one year membership to the RCA, and a one year membership to the Red Eagle News Exchange. A big thanks to both the RCA and the RENE for sponsoring these awards as they are greatly appreciated by all winners!

The awards banquet was held on Saturday night at a local restaurant, Gilligan's Bar & Grill. We had about 40 people in attendance; we enjoyed a great dinner, no one left hungry!

At the beginning of the banquet, RCA Display Show Coordinator, Matt Olivier, held a moment of silence for our recently lost friend, Budd Given.

Matt announced the winner of the Red Eagle News Exchange Best Ruger of Show. Congratulations to Richard Wilmot for his consecutive serial numbered brass frame .41 Magnum Blackhawks, what an incredibly rare pair of sixguns. Richard was presented a plaque along with a one year membership to RENE. Thanks to its editor, Chad Hiddleson, for sponsoring this award at each of our display shows. On Saturday we had a very successful raffle for a Lispey's Special Edition New Model .44 Special Flattop. This particular gun was completely restored by Doug Turnbull Restoration. What fine work they do; this revolver is absolutely beautiful!! We really want to say thanks to Dave Lortscher for donating the funding of this work and Keith VanOrman of Turnbull Restorations for getting the work accomplished in record breaking time! Check Turnbull Restoration out; they can be located on the web at www.turnbullrestoration.com

All 50 raffle tickets for the .44 Special were sold by 1PM Saturday, so we drew the lucky winner during the banquet. Congratulations to our winner, fellow RCA member, collector, and displayer, Bob Nelson.

After the raffle drawing, and as a thank you for displaying, each displayer was returned their $50 table fee, along with a 1979 Ruger pocket calendar, donated by RCA Member Donnie Findley, and a Ruger sun visor sunglass clip.

The displayers were then surprised by an unannounced drawing for three guns, funded by the RCA Display Show funds. Each displayer was given one chance per display table to win one of an LCP, an SR9, or a Ruger MK I Target Auto. With 13 display tables, that came out to roughly a one in 4 chance of winning a gun!! All guns will be transferred to the winner's FFL dealer. The winners were Matt Olivier for the LCP, Jim Schafer for the SR9, and Mike Fabian for the Mark I T678. Congratulations to all our winners!!

After the drawing, we started the fund-raising auction. We auctioned off 73 different items generously donated by 18 different people. The highlight of the auction was a New Model Vaquero, .357 Mag with a 4 5/8" barrel completely restored by Turnbull Restorations, the gun and work were generously donated by Dave Lortscher and Keith VanOrman. The beautiful moose stag grips were donated by Sack Peterson of Lakeland, MN. The auction was extremely successful resulting in ~$2400 raised for future display shows.

We want to encourage everyone to come to one or all of our shows and participate. You will have fun, meet some great folks, and may even win a free gun!!



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