October 5th is the Medina High School's first ever FFA Toy Show and Sale. Doors at the High School opens at 7:00am for Pancake Breakfast that will run until 11:00am. The cost of the breakfast is $5 and that includes entrance into the toy show. The actual toy show is from 9:00am-3:00pm and the cost of admission is $3 if breakfast is not purchased. "We have quite a few collectors and sellers that will be there," says FFA advisor/Agriculture teacher Todd Eick. "Some will have antiques, some will have toys that are brand-new and never been out of the box. Some might be older and used toys, but they will still have the box. One guy is coming just to set up his display and show off his collection."
Mr. Eick says he has been wanting to have a toy sale for over the past ten years and with the help of Medina and FFA alumni, Bill Nice and Cliff Barber, they decided this would be the year that they start it. "Bill and Cliff know the value of this sort of thing for our FFA kids. We also decided that our inaugural show would be in memory of Mr. Lee Roberts, he was an avid toy collector, Medina Farmer and a huge supporter of agriculture in the community."
The Toy Show is also being tied into National Alpaca Farm Days. "We have extended it by a week so that our attendees can come and check out our model farm and meet our alpacas," explains Eick. "We also have a free antique truck and tractor show in our high school parking lot and the Medina Canal Village Market tent will be set up for samples as well. We are hoping that people think it is a pretty cool venue for this."
Since there are some other great events going on Saturday in Medina such as the Knights-Kaderli Memorial 5K Run/Walk and the Scarecrow Festival hosted by the Medina Lions Club at Forrestel Farm, Mr. Eick hopes that people will spend the day in the community enjoying all of it. "We are hoping people start the day with us for breakfast and go to the other events, then come back, have a snack and check out the farm, the displays and the show."
Mr. Eick says the FFA students have been really stepping up to the plate to help make this event a success. "We also want the public to know that there will be basket raffles and that we are also selling tickets for $5 apiece for the chance to win a John Deere Fire Truck pedal car with a display case. We were fortunate enough that someone donated the money for half of it and the FFA put in the other half. We are getting a great response to that. We are hoping to see a lot of people there. It is going to be a very family fun event."