When I think of guitars, I can't help but think of my dad. Seldom does a family outing go by without my dad breaking out his guitar for an impromptu jam session. And when Sunday rolled around growing up, I often found myself waking to my dad singing and playing his guitar while preparing for church service.
So, when I heard the Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds & Conference Complex in Danville, Indiana, is once again hosting The Indiana Guitar Show over two days this year for the first time, I, of course, thought of my dad.
Memories, like mine, and diehard musicians, have allowed The Indiana Guitar Show & Music Gear Expo to prosper now for more than 30 years. The show has gone through many iterations and organizers during that time, but is as strong today as ever.
In fact, it is the single largest musical event that will occur in Indiana this year!
Dates & Details
The show first came to Hendricks County in 2018 after it had outgrown its previous space. When the show's current organizer, Eddie Prather saw the 18,000 square feet of space at the fairgrounds complex in Danville, he found what he hopes to be the show's permanent home.
This year's event was moved from the spring because of the COVID-19 pandemic and has expanded to two days -- 2 to 6 p.m. Sept. 26 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 27.
More Than Guitars
The event showcases about 80 dealers from as far away as Arizona, Georgia and New York and more than 180 tables featuring various musical instruments and accessories. As the name of the event suggests, visitors will find much more than just guitars. PA systems, fiddles, dulcimers, recording equipment, vinyl records, mandolins, amps, vintage equipment and much more will be available for purchase at varying price points.
He added that more than half of the dealers aren't commercial retailers either.
"They are just guys, musicians, that have accumulated a lot of things and have a passion for this and can't wait each year to be a part of the biggest musical event of the year in Central Indiana."
Buy, Sell AND Trade
Every dealer will have a lot of cash on hand, so Prather encourages anyone who has a musical instrument just sitting around the house to bring it in because they will probably find a buyer. He cautions not to take the first deal, but to move around the room and find the best offer.
Buying, selling and trading is encouraged at the show. And a silent auction will close out the event during the final hour on Sunday featuring autograph memorabilia from legendary musicians. Visitors should stick around for the auction as Prather expects some great items and great deals.
Admission to the show is $10 a person at the door or visitors can opt to buy an event T-shirt, and the admission fee is waived. Parking is free.
And, yes I did tell my dad about the show, and he and two of his buddies plan to come from Illinois to check it out. If you or anyone you know loves musical instruments, follow my lead and invite them or just come see it for yourself.
Due to state and local restrictions, entrance into this year's show will be slightly different. All visitors must wear facial coverings and must practice social distancing.
A limited number of guests will be allowed into the show at a time and if the show reaches its maximum, arriving visitors may have to wait their turn to enter for somebody to leave.
The Indiana Guitar Show
- When: 2 to 6 p.m. Sept. 26 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 27
- Where: Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds & Conference Complex, 1900 E. Main St., Danville, Indiana.
- Cost: $10 a person, but parking is free.
- Info: The Indiana Guitar Show Facebook Page