National Farm Toy Show – Friday

Welcome to Farmtoyland!!!

A perfect fall day made for ideal travel to Dyersville where I was greeted by familiar faces in Beckman High School’s Hallway 2. One notable exception was Dick C., who is the representative for Smith-Miller. I hope all is well and that he makes it to the show tomorrow. Dick C’s table is located next to the Toy Shop table and talking toys with him throughout the show is always an education and a genuine pleasure.

Fridays at the show are always a bustle of activity. I arrived around 2pm and had to hurry to get the table set up before the show opened to floor rights patrons at 3. The general public was admitted at 6pm and the school enjoyed steady traffic until the 9pm close.

I really didn’t get to peruse the tables, but did head straight for the Toy Farmer table to pick up this year’s show model, the 1:64-scale Case 2470. It is another in their series of vintage 4WD tractors, and will be a fine addition to my collection. I also picked up the latest edition of Dick’s Farm Toys Price Guide, a valuable reference and one that inspires my own research into farm toys — there’s an awful lot to know, and Dick Sonnek does a terrific job.

THe solid crowds prevented me from doing much socializing with the other members of Hallway 2 (easily one of the best parts about the Nationals), but I’ll snap some photos and catch up with these wonderful folks tomorrow. If you come to the show, be ready to talk toys, everyone here has a wealth of knowledge that can help you get more out of the hobby than you ever imagined.

I was visited by a number of collectors from the Netherlands who had very kind words about the Standard Catalog of Farm Toys — this hobby has really gone global, and I’m looking forward to talking farm toys with enthusiastic collectors in Europe.

Well, that’s it for tonight, I’m exhausted!!

More fun farm toy stories tomorrow. And by tomorrow, I don’t mean the 8am dealer hour, this show starts for the day when the outside dealers open their tents, sometime around 6:30am!!! I’ll be there!