For the 26th year, organizers are gearing up for the Meade County Farm Toy Show and Sale. This year’s event will be held on March 6 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and March 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Community Building at the Meade County Fairgrounds. Admission is $2 per person, and children age 10 and under get in for free.
All of this started nearly three decades ago with an idea from Neal and Melody Dodson. They wanted to bring a show to the Meade County area. They presented their idea to the Lincoln Trail Antique Power of the Past, Inc., which they are charter members of, and they got the approval they were looking for.
The Lincoln Trial Antique Power of the Past club strives to preserve the heritage of American agriculture by restoring and operating machines and equipment of yesteryear. They are providing education anyone of any age who would like to get acquainted or reacquainted with animal power to mechanical power as it was used in the area.
“We feel that, if an effort is not made to preserve this heritage, it will be lost forever since the machines and persons that can relate to this area are declining very rapidly,” the club says in its mission statement.
The club also allocated a percentage of their income each year to assist some of the worthwhile groups in their communities, including Project Graduation, Angel Tree, Clothes Close, Crusade for Children, Relay for Life, 4-H and FFA.
In addition to offering a collection of old and new farm toys available for purchase, there’s plenty to do for visitors of all ages. The Community Building is already full and all tables are sold out. Twenty vendors will be traveling in from other parts of Kentucky as well as Indiana and Illinois. There will be a farm display section that highlights “mini farms.” Visitors will also be able to participate in a silent auction, with proceeds going to benefit ag students. A snack bar will be available that will give visitors the opportunity to enjoy a meal and visit with other collectors and friends.