Beecher, IL Farm Toy Show

   The cure for cabin fever has to be a toy show. Hands down, there’s nothing better than walking and talking your way through a show to chase the winter blues away. And when you attend a show as well-established as the Beecher farm toy show, you find a wonderful mix of veteran dealers who are very knowledgeable about the items on their tables.

   I found a number of new additions to my collection, including a 1986 Ertl Farmall H in its box. I love the Farmall H, and seldom pass one up. I also found a couple of 6″ Thundercats figures and two copies of the oversized Star Wars comic book — hey, they were only $2 each!

   But the real treat of the show was discovering the dealer who had the Product Miniatures Cockshutt Co-Op tractor with its original box. I’ve never seen one in person, and it was a joy to find it.

   Here are some photos from the day:


Chuck Eckel of World of Trucks has been a dealer at the Beecher farm toy show for more than 20 years. In addition to scale die-cast trucks, he offered scale corn and hay bales to display with your trucks.


Veteran farm toy dealers Don and Kathy Obermeyer offered this gorgeous Product Miniatures Cockshutt Co-Op tractor (right). At an asking price of $550, its a toy for serious collectors. Yes, that’s a Product Minatures Farmall M on the left, but I already have one of those.