The 39th annual National Farm Toy Show is in Dyersville, Iowa, on Nov. 4, 5 and 6. Called the “Granddaddy” of all toy shows, this show fills with amazing farm toy vendors in three locations: the National Farm Toy Museum, Beckman High School and the Dyersville Commercial Club Park.
There is a free bus service to all the area highlights during all three days. Annual events include a model display contest, with talented builders showing off their incredible skills on intricate farm layouts that you have to see to believe. All displays are located in the Beckman High School hall one classrooms.
Another amazing event is the Sanctioned Micro-Mini Pull (for more information contact Jim Adams 515-745-1028), Auction on Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Beckman H.S. Auditorium and the Kids Sanctioned Pedal Pull at the Commercial Club Park, also on Saturday.
In addition, while in Dyersville for the show, stop and visit farm toy manufacturer open houses, the Annual Mercy Hospital Holiday Festival, Craft & Vendor Fair at the Dyersville Elementary and these Dyersville farm toy stores: TOMY Outlet Store, Plaza Antique Mall and Samuelson Pedal Tractors.
Don't miss the National Farm Toy Museum while in town; admission is included with tickets to the show. The price for all three days is $30 and will allow you to enter early (2 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday). General admission is $10 for one day.
For accommodation information, contact the Dyersville Area Chamber of Commerce at 563-875-2311. For more information about the National Farm Toy Show, contact Toy Farmer LTD of LaMoure, ND, at www.toyfarmer.com or by calling 1-800-533-8293.
Hall of Fame inductee
The National Farm Toy Museum will honor its 2016 National Farm Toy Hall of Fame inductee, Rick Campbell, in a ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 3, as the first event of Toy Farmer’s National Farm Toy Show. Campbell joins a group of 40 others, beginning with Fred and Gertrude Ertl and Claire and Cathy Scheibe.
The purpose of the National Farm Toy Hall of Fame is to recognize those people who in a positive manner have given of their time and talents to the forwarding of the farm toy hobby. Growing up in Carver County Minnesota where several of his uncles were farmers, Campbell spent summers helping to put up hay and picking rocks out of the bean fields.
Campbell started collecting farm toys in high school, favoring older brands including Allis-Chalmers, Minneapolis-Moline and International Harvester, mostly in 1/16 scale. In 1993, Campbell went into the business of buying and selling farm toys and kept busy with a variety of customized farm toys for which he also marketed parts and decals.
He stayed involved in farm toys through the Toy Farmer column that started in 2001 and offers a rich history of each model based on the full-size machine. It is Rick’s vast knowledge of farm equipment and his willingness to share his love of the hobby that sets him apart.