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Monday, November 23, 2009

Farm equipment doesn't always come in large sizes.
Farm equipment doesn't always come in large sizes.

For many, farm equipment is meant for work. However, there are versions of the machines that are meant for fun too.

A recent story from Maryland's Herald-Mail focused on the Farm Toy Show, which was put on by the Tri-State Farm Toy Collector Club. The event was held at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center, which played host to about 35 vendors.

According to Doug Artz, the club's treasurer, more than 300 people came to the show during a recent weekend. One of those was Aden Meyers, a 76-year-old Pennsylvania man who said he owns a few hundred toys. The toys remind him of his father, and Meyers told the paper that collecting them is a way to keep a record of the past.

"If we don't do it, nobody else will," Meyers said. "It will die out."

According to PBS's Antiques Roadshow, there are a number of advantages to collecting toy tractors over opting for things like cars or trains. Because there are fewer people collecting the toy farm equipment, finding pieces to buy is easier.
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