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Slideshow: We asked for photos of your toy tractor displays, and boy, did you deliver! Here’s a look at our favorites.

Holly Spangler, Senior Editor, Prairie Farmer

March 31, 2023

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Early last winter, I shared the story of my son’s toy tractor collection, which he comes by honestly, judging by my husband’s toy tractor collection.

I’m always in search of a better way to display them, so I asked for your ideas — and boy, did you deliver! For the next few weeks, ideas poured in from all across the Midwest. And what a delight.

Bruce Ellison, Loves Park, Ill., wrote in that his son wanted nothing but toy tractors, which meant every gift-giving occasion involved toys. The family scoured farm shows like Husker Harvest Days for new and unique models, and on every vacation, they stopped at equipment dealerships to see if there was anything he didn’t have, “which thrilled our daughter,” Ellison writes.

It's a fun hobby for a lot of folks in farm country, including fellow editor Tom Bechman, who shared his own story in response to mine.

Click through this slideshow for a look at how a lot of other folks show off their favorite toy tractors.

About the Author(s)

Holly Spangler

Senior Editor, Prairie Farmer, Farm Progress

Holly Spangler has covered Illinois agriculture for more than two decades, bringing meaningful production agriculture experience to the magazine’s coverage. She currently serves as editor of Prairie Farmer magazine and Executive Editor for Farm Progress, managing editorial staff at six magazines throughout the eastern Corn Belt. She began her career with Prairie Farmer just before graduating from the University of Illinois in agricultural communications.

An award-winning writer and photographer, Holly is past president of the American Agricultural Editors Association. In 2015, she became only the 10th U.S. agricultural journalist to earn the Writer of Merit designation and is a five-time winner of the top writing award for editorial opinion in U.S. agriculture. She was named an AAEA Master Writer in 2005. In 2011, Holly was one of 10 recipients worldwide to receive the IFAJ-Alltech Young Leaders in Ag Journalism award. She currently serves on the Illinois Fairgrounds Foundation, the U of I Agricultural Communications Advisory committee, and is an advisory board member for the U of I College of ACES Research Station at Monmouth. Her work in agricultural media has been recognized by the Illinois Soybean Association, Illinois Corn, Illinois Council on Agricultural Education and MidAmerica Croplife Association.

Holly and her husband, John, farm in western Illinois where they raise corn, soybeans and beef cattle on 2,500 acres. Their operation includes 125 head of commercial cows in a cow/calf operation. The family farm includes John’s parents and their three children.

Holly frequently speaks to a variety of groups and organizations, sharing the heart, soul and science of agriculture. She and her husband are active in state and local farm organizations. They serve with their local 4-H and FFA programs, their school district, and are active in their church's youth and music ministries.

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