Antique Toys and Pedal Cars

Mar 18, 2015

Smoky Mountain Antique Toy and Pedal Car Show


The Smokies tends to draw collectors of all kinds to our area – after all, it’s one of the most beautiful and serene places in the world to fellowship.

From May 13-16, 2015, Pigeon Forge  will welcome antique toy and pedal car enthusiasts at the Smoky Mountain Antique Toy and Pedal Car Show at the Country Cascades Hotel.

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More than 120 tables will be at the venue, where there will be plenty of antique toy and vintage pedal cars on display and for sale – as well as wagons, ride-on toys, parts and advertising memorabilia.

According to, model cars have been produced “almost as long as real automobiles.” They are built to scale in great detail out of materials like wood, resin, tin, steel, cast iron and plastic.

Tin model cars, made mostly in Germany, were popular in the 1900s. While some were push toys,

others were powered by tiny wind-up systems.

Cast iron model cars became popular before World War I but gave way to pressed steel models popularized by American company Buddy L. Toys. These cars consisted of separate pieces fastened together, as die-casting had not yet been perfected.

After World War II, die-cast companies like Matchbox were successful with smaller, more affordable model cars. In the 1960s, Hot Wheels expanded the collectible model cars market by producing different models every year, along with special limited edition runs.

Pedal cars are essentially pedal-driven cars large enough for a child to ride in. They were produced in the 1890s but saw a surge in popularity in the 1920s and 1930s.

Set up for vendors will be Wednesday, May 13. The charge for 10 feet by 20 feet outside spaces is $30; inside tables are $50 each (and pre-payment is required for these).


Live Auction

The Pedal Car and Toy Auction will begin at 12 p.m. Saturday, May 16. There is no charge to buy or sell in the auction.

Show Info

For more information on the event website , contact Dennis and Connie Sapp of Tarheel Toys,; 5 Oakbrook Dr., Fletcher, NC; (828)231-7442.

Where to Stay

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Doug Shanks


By Doug Shanks a Smoky Mountain blogger and writes about things to do in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Wears Valley, and Sevierville, Tennessee. Area interests include hiking, fishing, whitewater rafting, shopping, and family fun.

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