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Hobbyist unite, fund charities at the Ultimate Hobby & Toy Fair
Vintage games and associated memorabilia to the coolest new bits of technology will lure hobby fans from kids to high-end collectors and those just out for a drool at Victoria’s 13th Ultimate Hobby & Toy Fair on Sunday.
Naturally there will be those who show up at Pearkes recreation in costume for the affair designed for families.
“It’s a selling show,” said B Woodward of Cherry Bomb Toys, which hosts the event twice a year. “We run a charity carnival in the back and we run a silent auction for the MS Society. We wanted to have the community involved … Everybody feels good about what they’re doing.”
Even the food vendors donate a portion of proceeds back to the charity of their choice.
“We want to do things to show that the collecting community does care. We’re happy to help any way we can,” Woodward said. “It’s a family oriented fun show. There’s a lot of conventions out there … if you want to go buy some toys, get some great deals. Ours is the mom-and-pop show and we have all kinds of goodies for everybody.”
The hobby show is April 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. general admission for $5 for those 13 and older. Early bird admission from 8 to 9 a.m. is $15 at the door.
The shows have raised $23,000 charities over the last six years.