June 29, 2007
What do farmers, toy collectors and antique buffs all have in common? At the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia, it's the Farm Toy Show. The event combines all three personalities and passions under one roof in the Lowell Mohler Exhibit Hall. The show is celebrating its 10th year at the fairgrounds -- Aug. 9-11.
Wayne Crook, Farm Toy Show superintendent and a lifetime resident of Marshall, has been collecting farm toys for more than 25 years. "I hand-manufacture highly detailed replicas of farm machinery, tractors and combines," Crook says, "and began organizing farm toy shows over 20 years ago, the first one taking place in my hometown of Marshall."
Last year, approximately 50 enthusiasts from all over the United States participated in the event by displaying quality items from construction toys to farm memorabilia that ranged in scale from 1/64-inch up to 1/8-inch. Crook is expecting a similar representation at the show this year.
"Tables will be set up with farm toys, old and new, that will be available for trade and for purchase," Crook says. "It is guaranteed to be an enjoyable time for kids young and old."
Thursday, Aug. 9, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 10, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 11, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Contact Wayne Crook at 660-886-9908; e-mail: [email protected].
Also visit www.mostatefair.com. Check out the August issue of Missouri Ruralist for a preview of the 2007 Missouri State Fair, plus a feature story on Wayne Crook and his farm toy collection.
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