Farm Toy Show coordinator says this weekend’s event to be ‘bigger than ever’

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By Mallory Bilger

A little wintry weather isn’t going to keep farm toy enthusiasts from gathering in Taylorsville this weekend for the 24th-annual Spencer County FFA Farm Toy Show.

Event coordinator and Spencer County FFA sponsor Bland Baird said he is excited about this year’s show and expects it to attract the most vendors ever. There are more than 150 displays of farm toys, farmscapes and rural collectibles planned.
For those not familiar with the show, a farmscape is a model of a farm created to be 1/16 or 1/64 its original size. The farmscapes often feature farm equipment and vehicles as well.
There will also craft booths and fun for children.
Some vendors will be coming from as far as New York, Wisconsin, Ohio and Iowa. There will be new items and antiques. Baird said the toy show has taken on a life of its own over the years and is now a destination for farm toy enthusiasts in Kentucky and beyond.
“There are a few that are bigger, but in Kentucky, it’s probably the biggest one,” he said.
The show will take place Friday and Saturday at Spencer County High School. The popular children’s attraction Freddie’s Fun Farm featuring pedal tractors and a shelled corn sand box will be open for children 6 and under. Santa Claus will also be on-hand both days to speak with children about their Christmas wishes.
“It’s probably going to maybe be the biggest show we’ve ever had,” Baird said.
Word-of-mouth and a sterling reputation have kept people coming to the FFA Farm Toy Show year after year, he said.
“The ones that have been here tell how well they have done with pre-Christmas shopping,” he said. “A lot of people in Indiana and a few in Missouri actually make it a destination. They’ll call me in September or October and make sure they’ve got the date right.”
Baird said many of the vendors have participated for many years.
The toy show is scheduled for Friday from 6-9 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Admission is $5 per person and children 5 and under are admitted free. Proceeds from the show benefit Spencer County High School’s Agriscience program. Anyone needing additional information about the show can call 502-477-3255 during the day and 502-477-2781 in the evening.