The event is always held on the Sunday before Palm Sunday (two weeks before Easter), a date which was set to try and take advantage of that narrow window between the end of the cold, harsh Iowa winter and spring planting season.
Because Palm Sunday falls on different dates each year, depending on the date of Easter, which in turn is determined by the "solar calendar," the date of the CFTS from year-to-year can vary by a few weeks.
Al, Bob and Evan, assisted by Jim Nelson, spend the weeks prior to the show attaching the decals for that year's toy show to the Commemorative Tractor-Trailers. Included on the decal is the date of that year's show and the "CFTS" logo, which was designed by Al Henn's son Layne several years ago. The trucks are purchased from a company which is an off-shoot of the famous Ertl Company. Both companies are located in Dyersville, Iowa, which of course is also the home of baseball's Field of Dreams.
Set-up for the Toy Show will be Saturday afternoon April 9 and if some vendors are unable to make it, they will still be able to set up their table on Sunday morning prior to the start of the show. The cost for a 6-foot table is $10.
Proceeds of the show after expenses always go to a worthy cause and this year is no exception. This year, raffle tickets are available for purchase ( two for $1), and there will be a raffle held at the Toy Show for one of the 2011 Commemorative Tractor-Trailers. The proceeds from the raffle will go to the Cherokee Chamber Agribusiness Committee to help fund that group's annual scholarships for graduating High School seniors from Cherokee County.
Come on down to the Community Center this Sunday, April 10 , and see what's new - or old - in farm toys. It's an opportune time to re-live a bit of your past, or teach your children or grandchildren about how things were in those days before computers and video games.