Big Gun & Knife Show photo gallery

IMG_7910The annual Big Gun & Knife Show, which is the Valley of the Caddo Museum & Cultural Center’s main fundraiser, was held at the Love Civic Center on Saturday and Sunday. Hundreds of people came through to buy, sell or trade guns, ammunition, knives and many other things available.

All the proceeds raised at the show go toward the opening of the Valley of the Caddo Museum & Cultural Center, scheduled for October 4.

Valley of the Caddo board member Don McCaskill is shown holding the AR-15 that was raffled away and won by Matthew Sheldon.

Valley of the Caddo board member Don McCaskill is shown holding the AR-15 that was raffled away and won by Matthew Sheldon.

The mission of the museum and cultural center is to represent the history and culture of the four northeastern Texas counties — Lamar, Fannin, Red River, and Delta. In an attempt to promote academic knowledge and education in areas of local history, archaeology, astronomy and the arts.

The VoCM&CC raffled a Bushmaster 90391 XM-15 AR-15 Carbine ORC, which is a semiautomatic assault rifle with a 16″ barrel. The winning ticket was drawn by the Lila Lanning, granddaughter of Lamar County Probation director and VoCM&CC chairman, Jimmy Don Nicholson. The name on this winning ticket was that of Matthew Sheldon of Pecan Gap, Texas.

Along with all the guns and knives and crafts, the United States Air Force had their ‘Rapid Strike’ full-motion simulator ride that was available for anyone to ride for free. The simulator immerses you in the high-tech world of the U.S. Air Force.

While inside the ‘Rapid Strike’ simulator, participants experienced real Air Force missions from a first-person perspective, including an F-22 flight, C-17 cargo drop and Combat Controller ground surveillance. The ride lasted approximately seven minutes, and there were no age restrictions, although children under the age of 13 were to ride with a parent or legal guardian.

If you are a gun or knife enthusiast, don’t miss next year’s Big Gun and Knife show. The proceeds are for a great cause that will benefit generations for years to come.

(Click thumbnails to enlarge photos) – By Josh Allen, eParisExtra

‘Frozen’ draws huge crowd to final night of Movies in the Park; click for photo gallery

Final_Movies in the Park_2014_sliderThe popular children movie, Frozen, drew hundreds to Bywaters Park on Thursday for the final night of the popular, annual ‘Movies in the Park’ event, hosted by Paris Main Street and made possible by the many local sponsors that so diligently show up and work to make it a success.

At each movie showing, tickets are given out that coordinators encourage each attendee to take. These tickets have two purposes: 1) to enter each person into a raffle drawing for a $10 gift certificate to the concession stand, and 2) to try and keep a count of the number of attendees at each movie.

In what could have been a record-breaking attendance, likely topping last year’s showing of the Lion King, the ticket count at the end of the movie was just a few shy of 600.

In special arrangements for the last movie of the year, performances by Danielle McKee Dance Company and Zumba instructor Tammy Johnston took place before the movie started.

The Danielle McKee Dance Company offers a wide range of dance instruction in many different genres and age groups, such as jazz, ballet, lyrical, classical, and hip hop, and even boasts a nationally recognized and awarded competition team, while Tammy Johnston teaches Zumba classes for both adults and children in ‘body beat’ and ‘fitness’, along with other styles of dance like the salsa.

Although the popularity of Frozen was certainly a huge factor in the large crowd, it also shows what an awesome family-fun event ‘Movies in the Park’ is for the local community each summer.

If you’ve never been or taken your kids and family to a Movie in the Park, you’ll have your chance next year. Preparation will soon begin, as next summer will be here before we know it.

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By Josh Allen, eParisExtra

2014 ASA Archery Tournament event photo gallery

ASA_2014_sliderThe Archery Shooters Association’s eighth annual Brunton Southwest Shoot Out was held at the Love Civic Center over the weekend, bringing hundreds of professional and amateur archers from all over the country to the pro/am circuit event.

The event started Thursday with the Scottie Norrell Memorial Team Chamber Shoot and concluded on Sunday.

The ASA’s decision to hold the annual event in Paris is important as the Brunton Southwest Shoot Out attracts hundreds of attendees and competitors, resulting in a significant boost for the community’s economy. According to ASA officials, the shoot out will return in 2015 for its ninth time.

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By Josh Allen/eParisExtra

Crape myrtles ‘hitting a peak’ at the depot on Bonham Street

Depot Crape Myrtles

Paris historian Skipper Steely shot this photo of a crape myrtle tree at the Depot on Friday. “Bit of a hazy day for a perfect shot, but the trees are hitting a peak there,” Steely says. “One rain would help. Always nearly rains on Aug. 10 around here!”

2013 – 12th Annual Sweetheart Soiree Photo Gallery

IMG_2553The 12th Annual Sweetheart Soiree, held on Saturday, February 9, at the Love Civic Center, was a huge success, attracting hundreds of people to the Valentine’s Day themed event.

The event is held every year for the benefit of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Paris.

CAC’s Sweetheart Soiree brings large crowd for its 12th year – Click to read article!

The photographs below were taken by Bill Higgins.  Click the thumbnails to enlarge.