Toy and comic book show to benefit the Shriners

Matthew Lane • Nov 22, 2019 at 1:30 PM

KINGSPORT — For the second time this year, a toy and comic book show will be held at the Jericho Shriners temple off Interstate 81.

The one-day event will take place Saturday — rain or shine — from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is only $1 per person and children under the age of 12 are admitted free. All proceeds from the event will go to the Shriners.

Bobby Castle, a retired restaurant manager from Boones Creek, is again organizing and hosting the show and believes Saturday’s event will be bigger and better than the first one, which was held in March.

“The last show went very well for the first show. We raised almost $1,700 to give back to the Shriners,” Castle said. “Not even counting kids, we have over 300 paying adults. For a first-time show, we thought that was very good.”

This time around, Castle is hoping at least 500 paying adults turn out for the show. And if they do, here are just some of the items they’ll be tempted to buy: comic books (both old and new), action figures, vintage toys, LEGOs (new to this show), Pop! Figures and plenty of other pop culture toys and collectibles.

Thirty-one dealers are scheduled to participate, compared to the 28 who showed up back in March, but Castle believes there could be some last-minute additions, as was the case in March.

Members of the Star Wars 501st gaming club are scheduled to attend, along with the mascot of the Bristol Pirates baseball team and possibly a gentleman in his Iron Man costume, Castle said.

The show will have a raffle for prizes, including gift cards from Walmart, free pizzas and appetizers from local restaurants, along with some donated items.

And in case you show up hungry, the Shriners will be hosting a lunch: smoked barbecue, slaw, dessert and a drink all at an affordable price. Apparently, the local Shriners are well-known for their smoked barbecue, and folks are likely to show up just for the meal, Castle said.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun, with a big crowd anticipated. Folks can do some Christmas shopping and all of the proceeds go to the Shriners,” Castle said. “We just want everybody to come out and have a good time.”