The Knights of Columbus toy show features all kinds of toys
The annual Knights of Columbus toy show and sale is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Knights Hall, 800 Frontview in Dodge City.
Admission is $2. Children 10 and under are admitted free with a paid adult. Admission price is waived with the donation of two non-perishable food items. The food will be donated to Manna House in Dodge City.
Twenty-one vendors from three states will set up over 70 tables of farm toys, toy trucks and cars, construction toys, Nascar toys, dolls and other toys.
"Patrons can bring in old toys for either appraisal or to trade," said Kenny Schinstock, one of the show's directors.
"This is the only toy show in the western half of Kansas. We'll have toys that date from the early 1900s to toys that are new and still in the box," he said.
Lunch will be available on site and door prizes will be given away all day, including a pedal tractor, toys of all kinds, gift certificates and Knights Bucks to be used by the winner at one of the vendors.
Proceeds from the show are used to support various charities which receive funding from the Knights of Columbus, including Manna House and Special Olympics.
The annual toy show is a tradition started by the Optimist Club of Dodge City. The Knights began sponsoring the show five years ago, keeping a continuous string of shows going over the past 22 years. The only year without a show was the year between the Optimist Club and the Knights.
Eric Haselhorst, co-director of the show along with Schinstock, spoke with the Globe by phone Monday morning.
"I just encourage people to attend the show. It's the only one in our area and it gives people a unique opportunity to see unusual pieces that they don't see every day and also a chance to connect with dealers and enthusiasts that sometimes go unnoticed."