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DYERSVILLE, Iowa – The 44th National Farm Toy Show was held in Dyersville, Iowa in early November 2021. This grand event is considered the largest of its kind in the world. Fans from across the country have come together to search for the next great gem in their collection. “We are delighted to sponsor the 44th National Agricultural Toy Show again this year. Enthusiastic collectors relished the opportunity to return to Dyersville after the disrupted 2020 exhibition season. Enthusiastic crowds gathered in large numbers throughout the show. And sellers have expressed satisfaction with the excellent response, ”said Cathy Scheibe, owner of Toy Farmer Publications.

The host city of Dyersville has a rich history. It includes the making of farm toy replicas started by Fred Ertl in 1945. Dyersville is also home to the National Farm Toy Museum. Thanks to these connections, Dyersville is known as the agricultural toy capital of the world.

Darryl Cox of Lexington, Tenn., Placed first in the large-scale display contest with this display, harvesting cotton throughout the years. The exhibit was presented in four sections, from the first hand-picked cottons to today’s harvest, all shown with scale models of John Deere cotton pickers. Courtesy photo

The revelers lived through the history of farm toys and explored the various farm toy hobby opportunities offered by the exciting show. The hobby of farm toys has strong links with farmers and those associated with farming. However, the hobby has great interest from all walks of life. In addition to their targeted hunt, collectors were eager to reconnect with old acquaintances while developing new friendships. Lasting relationships are an integral part of this fascinating hobby.

The varied interests of collectors were catered for by sellers who offered a diverse range of models. Cast iron parts that are over a hundred years old are still popular, but hard to find. Sand cast models that followed cast iron replicas could also be found. As the hobby developed with die-casting, model makers launched an empty industry with replicas that were customized and made from scratch.


American farm toy makers showcased their latest releases at the show. These companies include Tomy International which manufactures the Ertl brand, SpecCast, Scale Models and First Gear with their Die-Cast Promotions brand.

Bill Walters, Vice President of Tomy International shared the following information about their commitment to the farm toy hobby. He also noted scheduling and delivery issues. “Our commitment has not changed. We are still spending millions of dollars on new tools. We are constantly developing 1/64, 1/32 and 1/16 scale products. And we are looking at new licenses and product forms to expand our offerings. We have not encountered any significant problems in the production of the Ertl models. Product delivery is delayed due to container shortages and port issues. We have dozens of items in transit to our warehouses, but delivery times are uncertain.

This family from Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, were first-time visitors to the 2021 National Farm Toy Show in Dyersville, Iowa. Brian Drake said the boys had an assortment of toys at home but wanted something to mix with them. During their quest, they located a scale model of Farm Country, Grain & Feed Set by Ertl. The family is shown, left to right, Brian Drake with his son, Levi and Amy Drake with his son, Callen. Courtesy photo

The town of Dyersville greatly welcomes and supports the activities of the show. The community center includes the National Farm Toy Museum. The museum welcomes you: “Go on a small-scale adventure in the history of agriculture. Enjoy the museum’s collection of farm toys and unique exhibits on the incredible history of agriculture. ” The story of the Nebraska Tractor Test Laboratory is a flagship attraction. The lab was presented through a series of images and signage edited by Amanda Schwartz, curator of the National Farm Toy Museum.

Toy Farmer Publications, sponsor of the NFTS, publishes two informative magazines for the toy collector. Toy Farmer is the iconic publication for the farm toy hobby. Toy Trucker & Contractor is the main link for truck and construction equipment enthusiasts. To learn more about these quality publications, visit their website at http://www.toyfarmer.com Where http://www.toytrucker.com or by toll-free phone: 1-800-533-8293.

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