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Seneca FFA hosting 26th annual toy, tractor show

Published: Friday, March 21, 2014 10:23 p.m. CST

SENECA – The Seneca FFA will host their 26th annual toy show, auction and antique tractor show this weekend.

The event takes place 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, March 23, at Seneca Township High School. The auction begins at 2 p.m. Admission is $2 per person. Any children 10 and under are admitted free.

Public consignments are welcome the day of the show for the auction. There will be a raffle drawing every hour to win a door prize; winner must be present, according to a news release. There will be a pedal tractor pull available for children beginning at noon and prizes will be given to the winners. The Seneca FFA will be serving pork chops, hot dogs and other food. Jim Hintze Auctioneering will be conducting the auction.

The toy show began in 1988 by Charlie Adkins and Ken Pfeifer in conjunction with the Mazon Lions Club. They asked the Mazon FFA if they would help the Lions Club host the event. When Mazon and Seneca schools merged in 1990, the Toy Show moved to Seneca High School. The first toy show only had 16 tables. Over the years, it has grown and now has 220 tables, according to the release.

“The Toy Show is a great way to get the entire community together. Young and old get to share their excitement over toys. I know my students enjoy seeing the variety of items offered at the toy show, as well as my young children,” said adviser Kent Weber.

Eight years ago, the FFA added the antique tractor show to the activities offered. Anybody can bring their antique tractor to the toy show.

“It is very interesting to see the way that tractors have evolved over the years,” said chairman David Frye, in a news release.

The Seneca FFA is a student organization consisting of 150 students. The FFA teaches its members about agriculture both in the classroom and on their 117 acre farm. For information call (815) 252-2749 or email Kent Weber at kweber@senecahs.org.

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