Geneseo Farm Toy Show going online for 2020

GENESEO – Boy Scout Troop 4070 in Geneseo will take its 35th annual Farm Toy Show and Auction online this year.

The virtual auction, scheduled for Dec. 5, is open to the public and will be led by Dann Auctioneers of Canandaigua. Proceeds benefit Troop 4070 of Geneseo, and help with the purchase of Troop equipment, travel and training expenses.

Long-time Boy Scout parent volunteer Doug Harke continues to lead the planning efforts. Harke’s three sons were members of Troop 4070.

Harke said is optimistic about the auction, though he acknowledges being skeptical about the format change, the result of restrictions due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“We have over 200 consigned farm toys already. More arrive every day. The response has made me a believer,” says Harke.

This year marks the 35th anniversary of the event Harke started in 1986.

“Our vendors are family,” says Harke. “We all greet each other by name.”

Many vendors have attended since 1986, including many collectors from Canada.

Pictures of consignments, other items, and a link to the Proxibid platform where participants may register and bid on items is accessible at the show website,

Some traditions continue

One of the show’s tradition is a three-inch button. The buttons were sold on Saturday morning and gave a vendor floor rights and first pick of items on Saturday morning. Harke had no idea they would become a collector’s item.

“Our buttons are cherished,” says Harke. “We have people who consider their 1986 Geneseo Farm Toy Show button a family heirloom.”

The Troop is making a badge available this year to vendors commemorating 35 years of the Geneseo Farm Toy Show. Lisa Scoville of Geneseo created this year’s logo which will also be made into a fabric patch for Scout collectors.

Boy Scouts will still be central to the event, organizers said.

“For thirty-four years, our Scouts would set up and run the event,” says Scoutmaster and Eagle Scout Bryan French. This year, Scouts will work on packaging and shipping. Geneseo Kiwanis, Sigma Tau Fraternity, and Geneseo Central School staff all supported the Geneseo Farm Toy Show.

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