Displays and re-enactments a treat for military fans

PHOTOS: Ballarat Arms and Militaria Fair

MORE than 900 people enjoyed the fun and colour of the Arms and Militaria Fair at the Wendouree Sports and Events Centre over the weekend. 

Featuring trading tables, displays and re-enactments, the two-day homage to guns and ammunition was enjoyed by all ages, from eight to 80 years.

Ballarat Arms and Militaria Collectors Society secretary Nick Smith said the turnout was excellent despite the damp weather.

“There’s been some very interesting conversations – people do have the interest,” he said.

“Because you just don’t see this sort of stuff in ordinary life or on TV, it’s a unique situation which only happens once a year.”

Re-enactments included Napoleonic and Roman soldiers, while trading tables featured all sorts of collectibles for sale, such as medals, swords and ammunition.

Children were admitted free to the event, as were people who turned up in complete military uniform.

Mr Smith said people who dressed up included US soldiers, a Nazi general and an admiral, adding to the atmosphere of the day. 

“The amount of people that have come in in uniforms ... you’ve got the gear to sell and here they are wearing it.”