The 13th annual Tri-Cities Toy and Hobby Show is coming to the Appalachian Fairgrounds on March 10 for a one-day-only event. The show will take place in Building 1 and run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“We try to cram as many people through the door in six hours as we can get them,” said organizer Michael Stevens.
Admission is $5 per person and children 12 and under will be admitted free. Proceeds from the event will go to the Coalition for Kids in Johnson City.
Stevens said 34 vendors will be offering comic books, toys, baseball cards, Barbie dolls, Hot Wheels, Avon bottles and records (both 45s and LPs). For the ’80s collectors, Stevens said, one dealer is bringing a nice assortment of first generation G.I. Joe and Transformers toys for sale.
Author Bobby Nash, from Atlanta, will be on hand doing some sketching and meeting with fans. Nash is an award-winning writer of novels, comic books, short stories, novellas and graphic novels.
“All the normal suspects will be there,” Stevens said of the dealers lined up to attend. “I’ve got 97 tables. That’s as many as I can get into the building. I’ve actually got a waiting list, and if we keep getting bigger, I’ll have to go to the largest building they have here.”
Depending on the weather and whatever other events are going on in the Tri-Cities on Saturday, Stevens said he hopes to have 500 visitors through the doors. In the past, attendance has ranged from 250 to more than 700.
“We’re very appreciative of the Appalachian Fairgrounds and (manager) Phil Booher for allowing us to do the show there,” Stevens said. “They’ve been taking care of us from day one and we couldn’t do this anyplace else.”
For more information, visit Tri-Cities Toy and Hobby Show on Facebook.
About Coalition for Kids
Now in its 20th year, Coalition for Kids is a faith-based organization that provides afterschool and summer enrichment activities, homework assistance and tutoring, snacks, meals and mentoring to 400 elementary and intermediate schoolchildren. Since its founding, more than 7,000 Johnson City schoolchildren have taken part in the nonprofit program at no cost to their families.