CSC Train and Toy Show is June 27-28

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

GALESBURG -- The Carl Sandburg College Foundation will host the 15th annual train and toy show as part of Galesburg's Railroad Days on Saturday, June 27, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, June 28, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the CSC Main Campus in Galesburg.

Seventy vendors from 14 states are slated to attend the event with more than 270 merchandise tables and several model layouts for people to view. The train show was started 15 years ago by retired CSC instructor Harry Grossman to help raise funds through the CSC Foundation for student scholarships.

Grossman has been active in the train hobby all his life. He lives in Arizona and comes back to Galesburg for six weeks to run the show each year.

"In a way, this is my identity. I taught business (at CSC) and this is like running a little business," said Grossman. "I go to other railroad events and I see things and think about how we can adapt that to our show to make it better for the public."

The toy show, run by volunteer Barry Wainer, was added to the event five years ago and has helped raise the grand total of student scholarship money to $150,000. Visitors will get a chance to see model cars, NASCAR memorabilia and other toys while walking through the event.

The event's attendance last year was 2,486 people which helped raise $12,500 to be used for student scholarships for the 2008-09 school year.

The show, which was first created as a one-time fund-raiser, has expanded each year since being first located in just the gym in 1994.

"We make between $12,000 to $15,000 in two days and the show is the second largest fund-raiser for the CSC Foundation. But the most unquantifiable thing is how much publicity this has given CSC since you have people from New Jersey and Texas coming to participate in this," said Grossman.