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Geneseo Farm Toy Show
Chrome Minneapolis-Moline G-1355s will be presented to the nine original dealers who have participated in all of the Geneseo Shows. Only twelve of these special chrome-plated models were produced.
The Geneseo Farm Toy Show will celebrate its silver anniversary on December 4. Started as a fundraiser for Geneseo Boy Scout Troop 70 by show manager, Doug Harke, the show, which serves farm toy collectors in New York, Pennsylvania, and other eastern states, has evolved and is now the largest east of Ohio. Dealers who sell primarily antique and new toy tractors and implements, as well as highly detailed models of farm equipment come from North Dakota, Iowa, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maine, Connecticut, Virginia, Maryland, Ontario, and of course, New York. Attendees come from the northeast states down to Virginia and include Canadians from Ontario and even collectors from Quebec. Some collectors set up elaborate displays of farms and customized equipment showing their ingenuity and craftsmanship.
Highly detailed farmyard display at the 2009 Geneseo Farm Toy show.
A consignment auction was added in the late 1980s to attract sellers who did not participate as dealers, and this has since become one of highest quality consignment farm toy auctions nationally. It is held on Friday evening and limited to 250 items, which are posted online, attracting collectors from hundreds of miles away. Delos Dann from Canandaigua is an experienced farm toy auctioneer and moves through the high quality items in approximately three hours.
Boy Scout Troop 70 continues to sponsor the show, and the boys and their parents are busy on Friday and Saturday setting up, assisting dealers with moving in and out, running food concessions and then cleaning up on Saturday afternoon. Profits from the show are used to support troop activities and other community projects. Since the second year of the show, Geneseo Central School continues to host the event.
Officially, the Geneseo Farm Toy Show is known as the Western New York Farm Toy Show because there is also an annual show in Geneseo, Illinois, in mid-winter.
Visit www.geneseo.edu/~harke/SHOW.htm to learn more.