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Farmers scoop up John Deere toy tractors at farm show

Posted by Green Fun Store on 2/15/2011 to Current News/Events of John Deere
Town residents and visitors from all around the state gathered in Newberry, Florida for the town's annual Farm Toy and Antique Tractor Parade.

This year's event marked the 19th consecutive year the farm show has taken place and it has only grown in popularity over the years, organizers told The Gainesville Sun. Vendors from all over the U.S. set up displays at last week's event to sell collectibles, like John Deere toy tractors and John Deere apparel, to the throngs of parade goers.

Ted Leidy and his wife, Harriet, came to the event to check out the farm collectibles; Leidy affirmed he has been collecting farm toys for over 40 years and that he now runs a small business dedicated to them. "It became a family sort of thing," Harriet said.

Farm toys sold at the event ranged in price from under $5 into the hundreds of dollars for some of the rare models, according to Don Davis, the former president of the Newberry Lions Club, which organizes and hosts the event. For example, one of the most sought after items at the farm show was a John Deere pedal tractor - about the size of a child's tricycle - that was priced at $400.

Harold Myers, a farmer from Newberry, attracted a lot of attention with his 1947 Model B John Deere. He said he has been collecting antique tractors for years: "I used them as a kid and I still use them," he asserted.