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2017 National Farm Toy Hall of Fame Inductees

Dyersville, IA, – –  The National Farm Toy Museum will honor the 2017 National Farm Toy Hall of Fame inductees in a ceremony on Thursday, November 2, 2017, as the first event of Toy Farmer’s® National Farm Toy Show®.   The 2017 honorees join a group of over 40 others, beginning with Fred and Gertrude Ertl and Claire and Cathy Scheibe.  The purpose of the National Farm Toy Hall of Fame is to recognize those people who positively have given their time and talents to the forwarding of the farm toy hobby.  For their dedication to the farm toy hobby, Jim Bloomstrand and Jim Proctor will be inducted this year into the National Farm Toy Hall of Fame.

Jim Bloomstrand:  Growing up as a boy Jim Bloomstrand played with toy tractors and implements and dreamed of turning machines into tabletop miniatures.  He collected scale models of tractors, automobiles, and trains.  He built a model of an IH 782 cotton picker.  In 1986, Jim made patterns for SpecCast.  Several individuals asked him to make patterns including the show tractor for the 2nd North Dakota Farm Toy Show.  Jim next produced detailed limited editions of the 1918 Moline Model D tractor and under license of John Deere the Deere 620 tractor with 227 corn picker and 50 sheller attachment gaining praise from fellow collectors.  Jim passes on his love of farm toys to the next generation with a custom 1/64th portable farm diorama that he uses to teach elementary students through the Agriculture in the Classroom program.

Jim Proctor grew up around farming.  His grandparents farmed, and he helped his uncle custom bale when he was old enough. Jim considers himself a proud accumulator as he also collects memorabilia and real tractors focusing on items that provide a connection to his past. He started collecting farm toys around age eight and already had an extensive collection when the hobby was growing exponentially in the 1980s.  Starting in the mid-1980s, Jim supported the hobby as a vendor at numerous toy shows where he readily shared his knowledge with other collectors and encouraged many others to get involved in the hobby.  Jim continues to focus on helping young collectors both with his knowledge and affordable farm toys.  The real reason for Jim’s passion for collecting is connecting with all of the wonderful people he has met through the farm toy hobby.

The National Farm Toy Museum in Dyersville, Iowa, houses the National Farm Toy Hall of Fame including memorabilia and representative farm toys of past nominees.  A not-for-profit 501(c)(3)  the museum’s mission is the preservation of the history of agriculture through farm toy collecting.  The National Farm Toy Museum is open daily.

 

More information about the National Farm Toy Museum is available at www.nationalfarmtoymuseum.com or by calling 563-875-2727.