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Canadian farm toy show brings out the inner child of participants

Monday, January 9, 2012

He had grown up on a large plot of land and used John Deere farm equipment his whole life.
He had grown up on a large plot of land and used John Deere farm equipment his whole life.

The 25th annual Model Toy Show at the Western Development Museum in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, brought out the inner child of most of the participants, as individuals who have used farm equipment their entire life entered their favorite toys into the event, according to The Saskatoon Star-Phoenix.

"Maybe it's a second childhood. Everyone that collects this stuff turns into a kid again," 71-year-old Walter Nickel, a former farmer from the area, told the news source of his new hobby.

According to the Star-Phoenix, he had grown up on a large plot of land and used John Deere farm equipment his whole life. Nickel noted that it was this love that pushed him towards toy tractors, as he loved to assemble and maintain the model machines.

"I take 'em out of the box, drive 'em around a bit and put 'em back on the shelf. The only hard part is taking them down and dusting them every few months," Nickel told the news source.

The Moose Jaw Western Development Museum holds events throughout the year that are dedicated to agriculture, transportation and scientific progress, according to the organization's website.

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