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Polo farm toy show draws large crowd

This replicated rural scenery was one of the first things to greet entrants to the Polo Farm Toy show. Photo by Zach Arbogast
This replicated rural scenery was one of the first things to greet entrants to the Polo Farm Toy show. Photo by Zach Arbogast

By Zach Arbogast

zarbogast@oglecounty

news.com

The Polo Community High School gym was adorned all over with cars, tractors, quilts, dolls, trucks, and even coffee cakes as the Polo Lions Club’s hosted the 32nd Polo Farm Toy Show.

More than 450 people came through between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to browse toys and antiques from more than 20 vendors.

Most vendors sold toy NASCAR race cars and miniature replica tractors from John Deere, Case, International, and Allis-Chalmers, but a few sold Barbie dolls, hand-knitted blankets, and novelty signs.

The show was a place for vendors old and new to gather; Jim Rinehart has been bringing his cars and Native American memorabilia to sell for 10 years, while Dave Mammoser came out for his first time selling vintage collectible signs and Diecast model cars.

The Polo FFA was also selling raffle tickets for a fully-restored 1951 John Deere tractor, which will be raffled off at the FFA banquet in May.

Despite the 9 to 3 time slot, the vendors did not go hungry; the Polo Boosters provided lunch so the vendors would not have to leave the grounds.

Irene Short, representing the Polo Lions Club, said she was pleased with the turn-out the event brought, and was happy the crowd enjoyed the show.

“The Polo Lions are here to serve,” said Short. “This is just one of the many ways we try to bring joy to the community.”

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