Local vet hosts free Native American artifact, antique gun show

For Larry Underwood, archeology is a hobby he wants to share.

The local veteran is hosting his annual free Native American artifacts and antique gun show, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Fulton VFW. A lunch of fried chicken and wild mushrooms will also be served for a donation.

Underwood said that he started the artifact show about seven years ago to inform Callaway’s children about Missouri’s history.

“There’s just a big (misconception) on this because of your TV programs,” said Underwood. “It learns the kids about artifacts, and there’ll be other stuff here for them. It’s more or less to learn people about the artifacts.”

Underwood said the event typically draws about 35 tables worth of collectors, archeologists and history buffs with authentic antiques to show off. Replicas and other reproductions need not apply, Underwood said.

The show typically draws arrowheads and spear points, and sometimes other items such as fossils. Underwood said the show also has an antique gun element.

“It’s got to be old,” Underwood insisted. “It has to be 20-30 years old before we’re going to let them bring it in. It’s more an artifact show, but people have old muzzleloaders and stuff like that.”

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