Many of the old favorites are coming back this year, but organizers for the 2015 Starkville Farm Toy Show said there is always room for new “friends.”
“Our show is open to anyone with any type of farm related toys —tractors, trucks, implements, animals, buildings, logging equipment—that would like to come set their stuff up to sell, trade, or just display,” said Mitch Sisson, one of the organizers for the event. “We will have a few tables set up with display only pieces. Then, there will be vendors set up selling new farm toys, used farm toys, broken farm toys. We will have information on repairing and restoring farm toys. And there will be some custom-built farm toys on display.”
Sisson said space is limited at the Mississippi Horse Park in Starkville in the upper level education room. The event is set for Feb. 27-28. Table rates are $15 for the first table, and $10 for each additional table. They typically filled the room and spill out into the hall every year.
“We will do what we have to do to keep from turning anyone away,” Sisson said. “If you come, we’ll get you set up.”
Organizers said this year, there will a REAL farm equipment auction going on downstairs in the arena at the Mississippi Horse Park on Saturday, Feb. 28.
“We hope we can draw people from the auction to come walk through the toys,” Sisson said. “And, toy show people might find something they want to bid on at the auction.”
Greg Flint, one of the organizers for the event, said the event is a great resource for answering any questions about the toys and how to fix toys and customize.
“There are always people who bring broken toys in and wonder if they can be fixed and most are amazed that they can be fixed,” Flint said. “We want to encourage people to bring those toys to the show and let us look at them.”
Flint said one of the things he most looks forward to is meeting the collectors and vendors from all over the state, as well as learning more about farming equipment from the past and present.
Billy Self, another Starkville Farm Toy Show organizer, agrees that meeting the vendors and collectors is an interesting learning experience at each toy show.
“Every year we meet a lot of different people,” Self said. “It is a great way to teach ourselves and teach the public a little about the history of farming…and we always have a great time.”
To reserve tables, call Mitch Sisson at (662) 769-3107 or Greg Flint at (662) 418-9101. To learn more about this year’s event, like the Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/starkvillefarmtoyshow.
See this story in the February 4, 2015 edition of The Webster Progress Times at http://websterprogresstimes.com/2015/02/04/collectors-vendors-sought-for-farm-toy-show/