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Tractors are stacked as far as the eye can see at the 2019 Summer Farm Toy Show. This year a virtual show aims to connect vendors and collectors.

While the 2020 Summer Farm Toy Show in Dyersville is canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, officials at the National Farm Toy Museum have found a way to connect farm toy enthusiasts with collectors.

Officials have announced a Virtual Summer Farm Toy Show for Saturday, June 6. The virtual show will feature vendor specials, past show highlights, new product releases from manufacturers and some sneak peeks into new displays at the National Farm Toy Museum.

“With everything going on, we are trying to keep farm toys in the minds of folks,” explained museum manager Amanda Schwartz.

Schwartz said vendors from past toy shows will be able to submit small video clips of their items. “We will post what they submit to us at no cost to them. Hopefully, they promote their business and it’s a way for collectors to connect with different dealers. That’s the goal. We have encouraged vendors to offer show deals.”

While not an auction, Schwartz said the virtual show will bring together dealers and fans of farm toys. “There are a lot of people who would love to have a toy show right now, but it’s just not in the cards from a safety standpoint. We’re just trying to be a little bit of a clearinghouse to bring people together.”

At the end of the video, the museum’s collector tractor for 2020 will be announced.

Those wishing to view the virtual show can find links to the show at the museum’s website, www.nationalfarmtoymuseum.com. Schwartz expects the show to begin at 9 a.m. Saturday.

“We are excited to try something new given our circumstances,” she explained. “We want to continue to lift up and support the farm toy hobby despite these circumstances. We have had lots of positive feedback from people who are excited to see what we are putting together.”