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The grandest farm toy show on earth

Fred Hendricks
Bucyrus, Ohio
Fred HendricksThree visitors at the National Farm Toy Show found toys for their respective collections. From left to right: Jeff Reinsbach of Madison, Wis., Steve Reinsbach of Lancaster, Wis., and Tom Fry from Fennimore, Wis.

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The 32nd National Farm Toy Show (NFTS) was held in early November 2009 in Dyersville, Iowa, the world’s mecca of farm toy manufacturing business and collecting. Cathy Scheibe, owner of Toy Farmer Publications, sponsor of the show, touted this year’s edition as, “The Grandest Farm Toy Show on Earth.”

An enthusiastic crowd of collectors from nearly every state and several foreign countries swarmed the city of Dyersville in search of their favorite brand of farm toys. Known as the “Farm Toy Capital of the World,” the city rolled out the red carpet as host to this annual event. Karly Thompson with the Dyersville Area Chamber of Commerce stated, “We were so proud and excited to welcome those who attended the National Farm Toy Show.”

Farm Toy Collectors Paradise

The NFTS is the staging location for builders of high quality scratch-built and custom toys, very popular items among farm toy aficionados. These builders are often referred to as engineering pacesetters. There was a time when this unique breed of limited edition builders forged the way for high detailed toys. Today, commercial manufacturers have captured the market with high detailed or precision farm toys.

The entrepreneurial spirit of independent builders have found their niche among collectors, however, as they produce toys that are not commercially feasible. Collectors have the opportunity to acquire these rare farm toy models at the NFTS. Vendors and commercial manufacturers display their latest toy replicas, as well.

National Farm Toy Museum

The National Farm Toy Museum also located in Dyersville is the historic archive of farm toys. Opened throughout the year, more than 30,000 farm toys can be viewed in various display areas of the museum. There are numerous farm scenes and historical displays along with an abbreviated early commercial farm toy production demonstration.

A recent addition to the museum is “The History of Small Grain Harvesting.” National Farm Toy Hall of Fame inductee, Everett Weber and his wife, Myra, of Lima, Ohio were commissioned to portray the evolution of equipment used in grain harvesting spanning 4,000 years.

National Farm Toy Sale

Cornwell Inc. Land and Home Brokers of Aurora, Neb., conducted the National Farm Toy Sale that was held during the NFTS. Tom Cornwell commented, “We were real happy with the 2009 NFTS auction. The Sale went well as we had serious buyers.” The highest selling consignment was a porcelain John Deere Equipment dealer sign, still in good condition, that sold for $6,500.

Toy Farmer Publications, the farm toy hobby communications icon and sponsor of the show, prints two informative magazines; Toy Farmer and Toy Trucker and Contractor, for those interested in toy trucks and construction equipment. Their corporate and business publication offices are located in LaMoure, N.D. 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.

The 32nd National Farm Toy Show (NFTS) was held in early November 2009 in Dyersville, Iowa, the world’s mecca of farm toy manufacturing business and collecting. Cathy Scheibe, owner of Toy Farmer Publications, sponsor of the show, touted this year’s edition as, “The Grandest Farm Toy Show on Earth.”

An enthusiastic crowd of collectors from nearly every state and several foreign countries swarmed the city of Dyersville in search of their favorite brand of farm toys. Known as the “Farm Toy Capital of the World,” the city rolled out the red carpet as host to this annual event. Karly Thompson with the Dyersville Area Chamber of Commerce stated, “We were so proud and excited to welcome those who attended the National Farm Toy Show.”

Farm Toy Collectors Paradise

The NFTS is the staging location for builders of high quality scratch-built and custom toys, very popular items among farm toy aficionados. These builders are often referred to as engineering pacesetters. There was a time when this unique breed of limited edition builders forged the way for high detailed toys. Today, commercial manufacturers have captured the market with high detailed or precision farm toys.

The entrepreneurial spirit of independent builders have found their niche among collectors, however, as they produce toys that are not commercially feasible. Collectors have the opportunity to acquire these rare farm toy models at the NFTS. Vendors and commercial manufacturers display their latest toy replicas, as well.

National Farm Toy Museum

The National Farm Toy Museum also located in Dyersville is the historic archive of farm toys. Opened throughout the year, more than 30,000 farm toys can be viewed in various display areas of the museum. There are numerous farm scenes and historical displays along with an abbreviated early commercial farm toy production demonstration.

A recent addition to the museum is “The History of Small Grain Harvesting.” National Farm Toy Hall of Fame inductee, Everett Weber and his wife, Myra, of Lima, Ohio were commissioned to portray the evolution of equipment used in grain harvesting spanning 4,000 years.

National Farm Toy Sale

Cornwell Inc. Land and Home Brokers of Aurora, Neb., conducted the National Farm Toy Sale that was held during the NFTS. Tom Cornwell commented, “We were real happy with the 2009 NFTS auction. The Sale went well as we had serious buyers.” The highest selling consignment was a porcelain John Deere Equipment dealer sign, still in good condition, that sold for $6,500.

Toy Farmer Publications, the farm toy hobby communications icon and sponsor of the show, prints two informative magazines; Toy Farmer and Toy Trucker and Contractor, for those interested in toy trucks and construction equipment. Their corporate and business publication offices are located in LaMoure, N.D. 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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