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March 4, 2013

Farm toy show returns to Indy

Whether you're an avid die cast toy collector, memorabilia collector, or just remember visiting your grandparents' farm and want to recapture the nostalgia, there's something for everyone to see at the 35th annual Lafayette Farm Toy Show that runs March 8 to 10 at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, 2930 Waterfront Parkway West Drive, just off of I-74/I-465 at Crawfordsville Road on the west side of Indianapolis.

The Lafayette Farm Toy Show - the second oldest hotel farm toy show in the U.S. - features room trading as well as banquet room sales and displays.

"Room trading allows the toy dealers to set up in their hotel room," Alan Chesnut, toy show director, said in a press release. "Folks can go from room to room down the hall and see the various toys and toy parts on display by the venders."

Room trading opens at 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

"An advantage to the room trading is that many venders will keep their rooms open past the closing time of the banquet room," Chesnut said. "This allows you to see the toys if you can't make it during the stated hours."

Banquet room hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

Back this year will be a consignment auction, beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday. Consignment items will be accepted Friday evening for the Saturday auction.

"The auction is not limited to toy show vendors," Chesnut said. "Anyone can enter an item in the auction."

In addition to the toy show vendors, there will be a model contest including categories for trucks and farm machinery, as well as a display contest on Saturday.

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