Rick Murray was a major force in the founding and growth of farm toy collecting in the Mid-Atlantic states. After travelling to the early National shows in Dyersville and other shows up North, he started the Tarheel Farm Toy Show in Burlington, NC in 1987 and it remains the major show in the Southeast. As a show manager, he makes a concerted effort to bring in dealers with a variety and quality of farm toys not usually found in the South and who are willing to share their knowledge with collectors. His other major objective is to encourage the participation of young collectors and the crowd at the Tarheel Show reflects this with a much younger cohort than other shows. He continues to advance the hobby as dealer and collector at other shows as well being an auctioneer who educates his bidders on farm toys. Rick is a Charter Member of the International Collectors Club of North Carolina Chapter 42, and was a Member of the initial Board of Directors responsible for the formation of Chapter 42.
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