Every year there are some events that mark the end of a season and the beginning of another. The Sublette Toy Show does that for me. This was the 33rd year for this show that is a wrap up of the indoor winter toy shows and the advent of Spring. You never know what kind of weather the Sublette Toy show will bring; this year it was nice, hopefully an advent of things to come.
Oliver was the featured brand for this year’s show and there were a cool bunch of tractors lining the streets of Sublette. This has been our year to attend Oliver events and the brand was well represented in the streets although club attendance was down in part I think because of the winter event and the following big event in Peoria. You can only go so many places.
This show is quite beloved because it has all the small town charm, kind folk, and the proceeds from vendors and other events goes to the local sports and scholarship so it is a win/win event for everyone.
We attended the banquet this year and listened to Don Dinges share his fun jokes and introduce this one and that one and hand out the scholarship to various 4H and FFA winners. It is nice to see young people interested in these great clubs and that agriculture is still going strong in the rural communities. The entertainment was a magician that made us laugh.
The show itself brought some neat equipment out of the woodwork. Some of my favorites included a very cool 1940 Cockshutt 70, 1951 Farmall McCormick MV high clearance tractor and some amazing scratch built combines to name a few.
My favorite part of the show is walking down the street and seeing the trucks, old cars, tractors and such lining the small town streets with the huge grain elevator looming over it all. This is small town America at its best