Surrey’s Rod and Gun Show on this weekend at Cloverdale Fairgrounds

Show manager Steven Bednash says there will be many hunting, archery and fishing attractions to enjoy this year.

A photo from last year's Rod and Gun Show

A photo from last year's Rod and Gun Show

SURREY — Surrey’s one and only Rod and Gun Show is back for the second year this weekend, running from April 15 to 17 at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds.

Last year’s inaugural show saw roughly 8,500 people attend over the three days, according to the show’s website.

Show manager Steven Bednash says there will be many hunting, archery and fishing attractions to enjoy this year.

New is 200 live trout in a casting pond.

Tammy Woods, one of the top eight Master Chef finalists, will be cooking up wild game and providing samples.

Back this year is free 3D archery for all ages, with experts on hand to show attendees how to use a bow.

Demonstrations will be provided by Patricia Gonsalves (pictured), the archery tech on the series “Arrow.”

Semiahmoo Archery Club will also be helping with demos. The club took home gold, silver and bronze medals in the 2016 Canadian Indoor 3D Archery Championships, held from April 1 to 3 at the fairgrounds.

Lots of prizes are set to be given away, including a deluxe wall tent, a boat from Backwater Boats and a $50,000 Dodge Ram 4×4. And parking is free.

Click here for more information about this year’s Rod and Gun Show.

Surrey council didn’t give the show its approval at a last council meeting on March 8. The issue at the time, according to the mayor, was the sale of handguns and ammunition and that RCMP hadn’t had a chance to review a security plan.

But earlier this week, Surrey council unanimously granted a permit to sell firearms at the second annual show.

But the decision came with a catch – handguns and ammo won’t be allowed.

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