Organizer hopes for a thaw before tomorrow's Farm Toy Show

January 21, 1994|By Ellie Baublitz | Ellie Baublitz,Contributing Writer

Tim Talbert is hoping the weather forecast is right, and tomorrow's temperatures go up instead of down.

Tomorrow is Mr. Talbert's seventh annual Central Maryland Farm Toy Show and Sale. He wants his vendors, as well as the public, to be able to get safely to the Carroll County Agriculture Center for the event.

"Some friends and I have been doing this for seven years," he said. "Collectors from all over come to buy, sell and trade farm toys."

The show is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. At 3:30 p.m., anybody who wants to auction something off -- farm toy-related, of course -- can sign it up. The auction starts at 5:30 p.m. and will run for about three hours.

Farm toys draw the interest of men and women as well as children. And like baseball cards, trains and other collectibles, farm toys have grown in popularity in recent years.

"We have a lot of displays," Mr. Talbert said.

Toys range in size from the one-sixty-fourth matchbox scale to the larger one-sixteenth size and include tractors, Winross trucks and assorted farm equipment. Pieces also range in age from the 1920s cast iron toys to modern ones.

"Winross started making trucks as an advertising item, and they've grown into a really large collectors' item," Mr. Talbert said.

For this show, more than 50 vendors will be coming from states from Virginia to Maine. Consignments for the auction already have been received from as far away as Kansas.

Among the vendors expected are Harold Fritz of Glen Rock, Pa., who has a John Deere collection; Byron Crouse of Taneytown, who has all International Farmall tractors; and his son, David Crouse, of Johnsville in Frederick County, who has a collection of construction toys.

Mr. Talbert collects mostly matchbox-size International Farmalls and Oliver tractors. He lives on a 100-acre farm between Westminster and New Windsor.

"My grandfather and my father used International Farmall, and that's what I use," he said.

He started this local show because he and his wife, Debbie, wanted something close to go to for farm toys, he said. The couple have three children -- Laura, 9, and twins Jason and Matthew, 2 -- who also like tractors.

The twins were practically born at the show, making their appearance the day before the 1992 event while it was being set up.

"I had to take my wife to the hospital, go over to the Ag Center to make sure everything was being set up and back to the hospital," Mr. Talbert said. "It [the hospital and show] was close [together] so it worked out. Debbie got over it; she understood."

Admission to the Farm Toy Show and Sale is $2. The Ag Center will have food for sale throughout the day.

Information: 635-6812.

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