National Farm Toy Show
The 33rd annual National Farm Toy Show (NFTS) was held in early November 2010 in Dyersville, Iowa, known as the “Farm Toy Capital of the World.” Throngs of enthusiastic farm toy collectors swarmed the venues nearly tripling the town’s population of 4,000 residences. “With our grand tradition and great attendance the NFTS is considered the largest in the world,” stated Cathy Scheibe, owner of Toy Farmer Publications and sponsor of the show.
The conditions were ideal for this year’s grand turnout. The country’s agriculture scene was booming. The fieldwork was ahead of schedule. Farmers were optimistic with high commodity prices. And, they were excited to shop for that special farm toy that would enhance their collection. Dyersville mayor, James Heavens commented by saying, “On behalf of the residents of Dyersville and the surrounding communities, we were glad to see our returning friends and new faces who attended the National Farm Toy show.”
There is no better event to catch the pulse of the farm toy hobby than visiting with industry leaders at the NFTS. Kate Bossen of Bossen Implements, Lamont, Iowa, noted, “I would describe our overall business as steady to strong. The farm toy hobby is here to stay.” Mark Sypherd with Aumann Auctions, Nokomis, Illinois related, “We experienced excellent interest at the 2010 NFTS. Inquiries about future sales were very encouraging. As for Aumann Actions, overall the farm toy auction business was much stronger in 2010 as compared to 2009.” Graham Miller of the United Kingdom remarked, “It was great to be back for our 31st consecutive year. Without a doubt, the NFTS is the best show of its kind in the world.”
The farm toy show offered numerous activities and opportunities to view the sights around Dyersville. Among the favorites was the original movie set for Field of Dreams, a short drive outside the city of Dyersville. The ballpark used in the movie set is open all year long for baseball fans and movie buffs alike.
The National Farm Toy Museum is a must visit, no matter the time of year. Many attending the NFTS made it a part of their show experience. The museum management is constantly adding new and attractive features. Amanda Schwartz, Museum Manager, reviewed upcoming changes for the museum. We currently have over 8,000 farm toys on display. We have plans to replace our Farmall-International display with one featuring AGCO. The AGCO attraction will cover the company’s history along with the large family of brands that make up their product line. Make a point to come by as we look forward to your visit.”
The NFTS Auction, managed by Cornwell Inc. Land and Home Brokers of Aurora, Neb., staged another successful sale. Tom Cornwell related, “We had a great sale. The enthusiasm and attendance far exceeded past years. The top selling consignment was a 1949 John Deere open grill pedal tractor manufactured by Eska, in original condition, that brought $7,000.”
Sponsor of the NFTS, Toy Farmer Publications, offers two informative magazines for the toy hobby enthusiasts. Toy Farmer covers the farm toy collector hobby whereas Toy Trucker & Contractor appeals to those collecting trucks and construction equipment. Their base of operation is LaMoure, North Dakota. To learn more about these publications, you may visit their Internet website at http://www.ToyFarmer.com or http://www.ToyTrucker.com or call 800-533-8293.
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