Western Maryland Farm Toy Show brings a little bit of everything to the Ag Center
From tractors to Hot Wheels, just about every size, shape, age, price and quality of toys will take over the Washington County Agricultural Education Center this weekend.
The Tri-State Farm Toy Collectors Club is holding its 32nd annual Western Maryland Farm Toy Show on Friday, Nov. 15, from 6 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“There’s a lot for sale,” said Doug Artz, treasurer of the Tri-State Farm Toy Collectors Club. “We have new toys as well as older collector’s items. Some have been played with and some haven’t been touched and are still in boxes.”
And there’s just about every price of item as well, from toys that sell for hundreds of dollars to tubs of smaller collectibles for 25 cents.
The show features around 75 to 80 tables of items for sale from about 25 vendors from near and far, including New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia.
Admission is $2 for adults, $1.50 for seniors and free for children 10 and under.
Part of the proceeds from the event will go toward the organization’s scholarship fund, which provides a $1,000 scholarship each spring to a graduating high school senior going into an agricultural field. The scholarship was awarded in 1991.
“It’s great to be able to help the future of agriculture,” Artz said. “It’s always a good feeling.”
When it comes to farm toys, Artz can’t remember a time he wasn’t playing with them or collecting them.
He said that he was excited when he found the Tri-State Farm Toy Collectors Club to share his passion through toy shows and events. He joined the club in 1990.
“I grew up on a farm and was always interested in farm toys,” Artz said. “Even when I wasn’t playing with them anymore I kept buying them and have been involved ever since. It was fun when I found people who also collect them. It makes it more fun.”
As the show approaches, the organization is hoping for better weather than they had for the 2018 show.
“Last year we took a hit and we had a foot of snow that hurt us,” Artz said. “This year we’re hoping for great weather and a good time.”
The Washington County Agricultural Center is located at 7313 Sharpsburg Pike in Boonsboro. For more information, call 301-797-3872.