Labor Day, the final big weekend of summer, the unofficial end of the season.

The big weekend for Carroll County and surrounding areas because this is Gun Show weekend, the event that turns Hillsville from an sleepy town of 12,000 people into a mob of more than 100,000 who prowl the flea markets in town and the endless collections of yard sales that stretch out along roads over several counties in Southwestern Virginia.

It’s an event like no other and one that everyone should see once. (Photo from the 2001 Gun Show)