Toy show draws folks of all ages

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Amelia, 5, and Alexa, 3, try their hand at creating a craft, under the watchful eye of their dad, A.J. Kearney, at the 16th annual Chatham-Kent Toy Show & Sale Sunday at the John D. Bradley Convention Centre.
Amelia, 5, and Alexa, 3, try their hand at creating a craft, under the watchful eye of their dad, A.J. Kearney, at the 16th annual Chatham-Kent Toy Show & Sale Sunday at the John D. Bradley Convention Centre.

Parents and children weren’t the only people who flocked to the 16th annual Chatham-Kent Toy Show & Sale on Sunday, as people of all ages took in the event.

Held at the John D. Bradley Convention Centre, the show featured more than 150 tables of toys and hobby items for sale, as well as a number of displays, which featured everything from model trains to remote control flying and rocketry, to antique farm toys.

The variety draws them in, organizer Carl Sterling said, as vendors come from as far away as Toronto to showcase their wares.

“Just watching people’s faces and how they light up as soon as they go through the door is great,” he said.

The young were mesmerized by many a shiny object, especially a four-engined drone that had a camera attached to it. The drone, with its flashing green and red lights, buzzed around the Chatham Aeronauts area in the convention centre.

Older visitors enjoyed the vintage toy displays.

Most of the money raised from the event goes to Outreach for Hunger, Sterling said, while the remainder goes to help the 4-H Toy Club.

He added the Toy Club members had a busy Sunday, as they helped the vendors bring their wares into the convention centre first thing in the morning, and were there at the end of the day to help them transport everything back to the vendors’ vehicles.

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