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Toy tractors, trucks a draw

Toy tractors, trucks a draw

April 02, 2006|By TARA REILLY


Fourteen-year-old Jared Wagaman knows his tractors.

His toy collection includes German and French tractors, John Deere models and special editions.

Almost without hesitation, the Waynesboro, Pa., resident can rattle off the makes and models of his collection of more than 150.

His favorite is a red, white and blue "Toy Tractor Times" Spirit of '76 model.

On Saturday, Jared showed off some of his toy tractors at the Spring Agriculture & Transportation Toy Show at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center on Sharpsburg Pike.

The show was sponsored by the Tri-State Farm Toy Collectors Club.

Jared joked that his father, who attended the show with him, wasn't a big toy tractor buff.

"My dad has, like, two tractors and that's it," Jared said.

Jared said he began collecting toy tractors when he was 6 years old. He said a farm is behind his house, and he would watch the farmer use his tractors.


"I guess ever since I saw him with his tractors and stuff, I've been interested in collecting them," he said.

He stores some of the tractors on shelves and in a display.

"I keep some of them on the floor and in the living room because I don't have enough space," he said.

Jared said he travels to shows where he displays his collection, and he recently has joined the Tri-State Farm Toy Collectors Club.

Irv Termuende traveled from Grant Park, Ill., to show off his handmade wooden trucks.

"I've been a woodworker all my life," Termuende said.

He builds mainly late-model over-the-road tractors and construction trucks.

Termuende, whose business is called Das Woodwork Haus, has been building the models for about 10 years.

He uses a computer program to design the models and then builds them. By the time he is done, he said he has put hundreds of hours into the models.

He began building the wooden models after he found a photo of a truck his grandfather had in the 1920s. He said his grandfather used the truck to haul vegetables to a Chicago market.

"That's basically the background on them," Termuende said.

While Termuende sells his trucks in places such as Tennessee, Iowa and Michigan, Saturday was his first time in Hagerstown.

He said he has received a good response locally.

"There's a lot of interest in it," he said. "In fact, I've sold some today."

Saturday's show was the second spring show for the Farm Toy Collectors Club.

Doug Artz, club treasurer, said proceeds from the show go toward a $1,000 scholarship for students pursing farming and agriculture-related studies.

The club, which has about 20 active members, also sponsors a toy show in the fall, he said.

"I think everybody just enjoys the toys," Artz said. "Maybe we all never grew up. I don't know."

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