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Doll Club puts on show for hobbyists

Sept. 13, 1996

By Alisha Robins

Lariat Reporter

The world is constantly changing with new technology and new types of toys and games being put out on the market. It is comforting to know that dolls have not been replaced by a computerized gadget.

The Central Texas Doll Club is sponsoring the 15th annual doll show and sale at the General Exhibits Building on the Heart of Texas fair grounds, on Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m..

The show and sale will include antique, modern, reproduction dolls, doll clothes and supplies. Antique and modern toys, paper dolls, collectibles, trains and hot wheels will also be available at 108 different booths. A large selection of toys will be available for purchase.

'Every type of dolls, toys, trains, and hot wheels will be there,' said Ollie Maye West, co-chairperson of CTDC. 'There will be everything in the way of toys that you could imagine.'

The show is a popular event in the Waco community. In 1995 it was named the largest in Texas and continues to grow in size and popularity.

West said booth space was limited and completely sold out on Aug. 15, before the Aug. 27 deadline.

Dealers from all across the United States will start arriving early on Friday evening to spend the night in hotels or even bring campers so that they can set up their tables before the crowds start to arrive, West said.

At 3 p.m. there will be special drawings for prizes, such as 'Romania' and 'Little Jack,' two Madame Alexander Miniature Showcase dolls, both donated by a Child's Dream of Lake Air Mall. 'Bailey,' a limited edition Boyds Bear and 'Muffy Happy Birthday,' a Muffy VanderBear, both donated by Once Upon a Time in Sironia, will also be in the drawings. On-site participants will be eligible for door prizes that will be awarded throughout the day at the CTDC show and sale.

The CTDC supports Toys for Tots and all proceeds will benefit the organization that provides toys for underprivileged children.

'Last year we gave $3,000 to Toys for Tots, and we hope to be able to do that again this year,' West said.

This year is expected to be a great success and will hopefully be a bigger success than the 1995 CTDC show, she said.

'This should be the best show yet,' said Paulette Edwards, Publicity Chairman of the CTDC.

Admission will be $2 for adults and $.50 for children. The directors are expecting a large turnout and subsequently have ample parking and food available at the H.O.T. fair grounds.

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