Toy & Hobby Show returns for 14th year, with 35 vendors expected

Matthew Lane • Oct 14, 2018 at 4:00 PM

GRAY — The Tri-Cities Toy and Hobby Show is returning to the Appalachian Fairgrounds on Oct. 20 for its 14th year, boasting 35 different vendors with more than 100 tables of comics, toys, games and pop culture collectibles.

And, as with previous events, all proceeds are going toward a worthy cause. This time, it’s the Johnson City/Washington County Animal Shelter.

Organizer Michael Stevens said folks should be pleased with the variety of items for sale. There will be plenty of familiar faces among the vendors, but there are also going to be some new ones joining the show.

“We’re sold out of tables and we’ve actually been sold out for more than a month now. We’ve been lucky,” Stevens said. “Typically, I have about 10 dealers who are different each time. This year, we’ve got six people who have never done the show before.”

Among the newcomers to the show this year will be a nonprofit organization that makes handbags, a lady who makes porcelain horses and another who specializes in paracord jewelry.


Stevens said about 40 percent of the items for sale will be comic books, everything from Silver to Modern Age. Two dealers are bringing 10 tables’ worth of various vintage trading cards and some newer autographed items.

For those who attended the show in the spring, the couple with the enormous board game collection are returning, this time with even more stuff. You’ll also be able to find Barbie dolls, Transformers, G.I. Joe, Star Wars, Pop! Figures, vintage toys and jewelry.

In total, 35 vendors are scheduled to attend, with more than 100 tables of merchandise.


The show will take place in Building 1 at the Appalachian Fairgrounds from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 20. Admission is $5 per person. Children ages 12 and under will be admitted free.

Depending on the weather and whatever other events are going on in the Tri-Cities, Stevens hopes to have 500 visitors through the doors. At the spring event, more than 800 people came out for the show.

“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.

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