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Annual toy, antique tractor show likely to draw thousands

SUBLETTE – The 31st annual Sublette Farm Toy and Antique Tractor Show runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 16 and 17.

The show, which swells the town of 500’s population to about 7,000, will be spread throughout nine buildings. There will be about 300 vendor tables and more than 200 tractors. The Midwest Oliver Club will be celebrating its 20th anniversary.

The show also will have an operating “O” scale train layout and several miniature farm layouts. Antique cars and trucks will be displayed all over town.

Yogi Bear will be roaming the streets, Illinois State Police will have a rollover simulator, and the University of Illinois will display a solar race car.

The Sublette firefighters will offer a sausage and pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to noon Sunday at the Ellice Dinges Center. Concessions will be sold both days, and a free shuttle will be available Sunday to take visitors from building to building.

Admission to the toy show is $2 for those 6 and older.

There also will be a craft show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish Hall. Admission is free.

Go to or call Don Dinges, 815-713-5675, for more information.


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