Published: November 17, 2015
37th Year At Allentown Fairgrounds
Review and Photos by R. Scudder Smith
ALLENTOWN, PENN. — Toy collectors both here and abroad mark the first Saturday in November as an important date, time for the annual Allentown Antique Toy Show & Sale. This show, now in its 37th year, filled Agricultural Hall at the Allentown Fairgrounds, 17th Street and Chew, with 330 tables and 275 exhibitors from near and far. The show opened to the public at 9 am on Saturday, November 7, and remained open until 3 pm.
This show has a special preview opening, which coincides with dealer setup, on Friday from 10 am to 3 pm, and again on Saturday from 7:30 to 9 am. The cost for this early look at the show is $50, and general admission on Saturday is $5.
David Bausch, founder and manager of the show, noted that “It went very well, most of the dealers were pleased and the public enjoys this annual event.” Some of the dealers were content with just one table, others had as many as three, and most of the tables were stacked with all manner of cast iron and tin toys, games and puzzles, comics, trains, dolls, miniatures die-cast toys and books. Holidays were represented by numerous Santa figures, ornaments and feather trees, and Halloween was noted with pumpkins, costumed figures and masks.
Next year the show will be on Saturday, November 5. Mark your calendars now.
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