The Sissons will discuss their history with toy tractors and share their projects and collections at this month’s JOY Club potluck luncheon, set for 11:30 a.m. Feb. 28 at the First Baptist Church fellowship hall. “I have really gotten to know some characters, and some mighty fine people playing with these toys,” said Mitch Sisson. “I have made some really good friends though the hobby. One old man told me ‘Toy tractors collect the nicest people.’ Well, they do…and those nice people have put up with the Sisson Brothers for nearly 20 years!”
The Starkville Farm Toy 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. Sisson said there will be 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.
There will be information on repairing and restoring farm toys, as well as custom-built farm toys on display. 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,” Sisson said. “We want to encourage people to bring those toys to the show and let us look at them.”
Mitch Sisson isn’t much of a collector, but began restoring some of the toy tractors he and Pepper played with as children.
“The word got out that I could do such a thing, and people started sending them to me,” Mitch Sisson said. “Honestly, I’ve told so many people that I can fix them, that I’ll never get caught up fixing toy tractors. I’ve got to be fired up about it, just to keep going on what is in the shop now.”
The Sissons will bring their personal display and toy tractor collection to the February JOY Club meeting, which includes the restored toys they had as children and additions to the collection of tractors that have special meaning to their family. The Sissons encourage those with toy tractors – even if they are old or broken –to bring them to the luncheon.
And to see even more farm toys, come out to the Starkville Farm Toy Show this weekend and enjoy the toys —“we always have a good time!”
See a portion of this story in the February 23, 2017 edition of the First Baptist Church Newsletter at fbc-eupora-2-23-17