Farm toy collectors are constantly searching for their cherished oldie, the creative custom piece or the latest and greatest. Collectors were able to pursue their quest at the 42nd Annual National Farm Toy Show staged in Dyersville, Iowa, in November 2019. The ample offerings throughout the show resulted in thousands of collectors breaking new ground by adding special models to their assemblage.
"I would say 90 percent or better of collectors either grew up on a farm or have connections to farming today," commented Kate Bossen, owner of Bossen Implement, indicating those connected with agriculture have the greatest influence with the farm toy hobby.
Some questioned whether the farm economy and challenging 2019 farming conditions would affect the show's success, but vendors were generally optimistic about the interest expressed by collectors.
"We have not seen a (farm toy) setback with the current farm economy. The rare toys are still as strong as ever. We've even seen resurgence in cast-iron toys. The only noted slump is the pieces that were overproduced," noted Ken Girard, whose Girard Auction & Land Brokers, Wakonda, S.D., sponsors a tent with several dealers.