Mitch Sisson and Pepper Sisson prepping their toy tractor display for JOY Club (and the FBC Eupora Preschoolers).
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. Continue reading
Join Mitch and Pepper at the Starkville National Guard Armory Feb. 24-25 for the annual Starkville Farm Toy Show! They will be displaying their collections, along with many, many others farm toy enthusiasts! There will also be vendors on hand to sell farm toys to start your own collection. It is a NEW LOCATION this year, so be sure to come see the show at the National Guard Armory in Starkville.
And on the Tuesday after the show, Mitch and Pepper will be the guest speakers at this month’s JOY Club potluck luncheon as they share their farm toy collections. They will also have their display from the Starkville Farm Toy Show for viewing. Bring a dish and join the fun at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28 in the fellowship hall of First Baptist Church of Eupora. For more information, call the church office at (662) 258-3491.
Many of the old favorites are coming back this year, but organizers for the 2016 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.”
The event is set for April 22-23. Tables typically filled the room and spill out into the hall every year at the Mississippi Horse Park in Starkville in the upper level education room.
Greg Flint, one of the organizers, 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.”
For more information, 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.
Cloyce Nail, Robert Oris Pittman and Allen Pepper working on new under-eave siding at North Union Chapel. The construction is taking place in preparation for memorial set for May 17. Not pictured: Mitch Sisson and Pepper Sisson.
See one of these photos in the April 29, 2015 edition of The Webster Progress Times at http://websterprogresstimes.com/2015/04/29/north-union-chapel/