Toy fair returns to Steinbach, attracts collectors and exhibitors

It was an exciting weekend for many who visited the Farm Toys and Collectibles Fair at the Clearspring Center in Steinbach.

This event attracted approximately 25 exhibitors from across Manitoba as well as Saskatchewan and Ontario.

It was organized by John Wiebe who says he could quickly feel the excitement as exhibitors started registering for the event.

“I think everyone is happy that we can host events like this again.”

Over the past two years, public events like the Farm Toy and Collectibles show have been cancelled. So it should come as no surprise that people are eager to set up exhibits for the public. There was also a great turnout for the two-day event as people filled the mall and interacted with exhibitors.

Wiebe not only organized the event, but he also set up an exhibition with some of the agricultural machinery he builds.

“I still mainly do agricultural machinery. I do odds and ends like 4 wheelers and campers, but mostly stick to different farm machinery that no one else builds.

As a collector, Wiebe says there’s a difference between toys that children play with and toys that collectors are interested in.

“A lot of people might not notice the difference, but for collectors like me there is a very big difference. The more detail and just the sentimental value that a lot of things have,” he says.

Wiebe is passionate about the unique farm machinery he builds and says there is a lot of satisfaction in completing a project.

“With the toys I build, trying to get all the little details right is often quite a challenge and you just learn to have a goal in mind and chase it until you can accomplish it. “

Anyone who wants to discover a new hobby with building toys or collecting them, Wiebe suggests toy fairs as a great starting point. By visiting collectors and seeing the options, there may be some items that will spark interest. Wiebe says the toy collecting community is quite large in Manitoba and across the country.

Here is an overview of some of the items on display at the event in Steinbach.

-With files from Corny Rempel, Michelle Sawatzky