Like other shoppers this weekend, I’m getting up at 4am tomorrow morning — but I’m not hitting the department stores, I’m heading for one of the Midwest’s largest toy shows. The 46th Circus Maximus Antique Toy & Pedal Car Show, a.k.a. The Kalamazoo Toy Show, will be held tomorrow, November 24 at the Kalamazoo County Fairgrounds in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
The show began in 1983, and my dad and I have been attending since 1984. We’ve seen a lot of changes in the hobby during this time, but each year we find it remarkable just how much remains the same. Many of the more than 200 dealers expected at the show will be folks we’ve seen at the same table locations for years. I sure hope that Julian Thomas of Thomas Toys is in the same location, we have a big list of Tonka parts!
I’ll fill in more details about the show tomorrow and in the next issue of Toy Shop. The weather should be the best we’ve had in years, so if you’re in the neighborhood, be sure to stop by.