Reflections of the Florida Flywheelers, Virgil Butler's toys

Reflections of the Florida Flywheelers, Virgil Butler's toys

February means heading south to the Florida Flywheelers for tractors, toys, touring to see whats new in the Village and what the flea market has to offer. This past February I had to pleasure of checking out Virgil Butler’s converted Indiana barn where the building is stocked with his beautiful one of a kind wooden models.

Virgil, grew up and farmed in Indiana, then in 1959 moved to Florida to build houses. Once retired he started creating toys for his 17 grandchildren. Soon he moved into detailed models like the one above.

Virgil’s building is just one of the amazing places to stop and oogle during the Flywheelers shows. Add a stop to an upcoming show to your calendar, we do!. The website is http://www.floridaflywheelers.org. for more information.

Old Iron Everywhere!

Old Iron Everywhere!

Winter holds on a bit longer to winter than central Illinois so I was not quite prepared for the chill of the35th Le Sueur County Pioneer Power Swap Meet, but as a flea market junkie, I attest that you could find almost anything you were looking for at this event! I was delighted I added a gardent art pig to my turkey first thing. After shopping for my favorite garden artist, I purchased a lovely rag rug and I was a happy camper. I was even happier when I spied these beautiful Ford tractors under the trees. These were rather rare models and the kit to make this Ford a hicrop is an unusual commodity by itself!

My husband found some tires and a driver of a loader convenintly loaded them right into the back of our pickup truck.

Although the swap meet is over, there is still plenty of time to plan to attend the upcoming fall power show scheduled for August 24, 25 and 26, 2012. This year’s featured brand is Massey Combines, tractors and Wallis equipment.

For more information about the event, check out their website http://www.pioneerpowershow.com/swapmeet.html.

Heading north to a dare I say the word, Swap Meet to please my rusty iron loving husband, we stopped for lunch in the beautiful Amana Colonies.  While he shopped for antiques, I strolled the quiet beautiful streets and stopped at the Amana Colonies Visitor’s Center (http://amanacolonies.com.)   Two years ago the first weekend in December we […]