The Deer Park Lions Club is bringing its annual toy train show fundraiser to the Carroll County Agricultural Center this weekend.
The show, which has become a tradition over the past 15 years, will be hosted at the center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18.
The event is focused on toy trains, related merchandise and memorabilia, and the Baltimore Area American Flyer Club — which sponsors the event — sets up a train display.
“We have somewhere around 190 tables of merchandise that will be there,” Lions Club member and spokesperson Rick Padobnik told the Times this week.
“And I'm gonna tell you,” he said, “I’ve never seen so much train stuff in my life.”
Padobnik said that last year there were around 1,200 adults and 300 to 500 children at the toy train show.
“And people with that interest, they seem to know about it,” he said. “They find out about it. It’s sort of a neat experience.”
Food will be offered on site and admission is $5 per person. Children under 12 years old are eligible for free admission.
The Deer Park Lions Club raises between $1,500 and $1,700 per year, according to Padobnik, which is later donated to almost 30 different local organizations.
The organization’s principal service project is Carroll County Food Sunday, and club members run the food bank each week.