Cherokee residents Bob Mahler, Al Henn and Evan Knapp have been running the show since they started it 18 years ago. The three were long-time toy enthusiasts, and had run into each other at toy shows through the years, They decided to start a show here in Cherokee, eliminating some of the miles they had been traveling to other shows.
One of the highlights of the Cherokee show is the creation of a special commemorative semi truck-trailer with the date of that year's show on it. The trucks have become so popular that several customers reserve the numbered limited edition commemoratives in advance of the show. Henn and Mahler work on attaching the new decals to the trucks most every night leading up to the show.
The Cherokee Farm Toy Show is a non-profit corporation and they donate any proceeds from the show to a worthy cause each year.
The Cherokee Farm Toy Show is held each year on the Sunday before Palm Sunday, so the date varies because the date of the Lenten season varies from year to year. This year's show will be from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Sunday March 21, on the lower level of the Cherokee Community Center.