River City Toy Fest coming to the Vicksburg Convention Center

Published 4:05 pm Tuesday, April 26, 2022

The exhibition hall at the Vicksburg Convention Center will transform into a toy collector’s dream on Saturday when the River City Toy Fest presented by the City of Vicksburg makes a second visit to the area.

“The one we had last year was at the Southern Cultural Heritage Center; it was a small venue but we wanted to see what the market would bring,” said program organizer Neal Bumpus. “Due to the overwhelming response, we booked it into the convention center this year.”

Bumpus said about 40 vendors will be at the toy festival, which is expected to draw about 1,500 people. He said the event opens at 9 a.m. and door prizes will be given out every half-hour starting at 9:45 a.m. Admission is $10; $20 for early arrivals.

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“They’re going to have toys, video games, comics sports cards — all kinds of collectible things,” he said. “We have ‘Pixel Dan’ Eardley coming in; he’s a YouTube influencer and he recently wrote a book about an 80s toys line, the Masters of the Universe, that he had published last year. He’ll have copies of the book on sale and will be autographing them.”

A truck outfitted with video games will also be on the exhibition floor, Bumpus said.

“People will be able to buy video games,” he said. “It goes back all the way to the first Nintendo up to the most modern PlayStation 5.”

Eardley will conduct a panel program on the first release of the Masters of the Universe 40 years ago in 1982. Another panel will be presented on toy photography.

The event also features a judged costume contest for children 12 and under followed by a costume contest for ages 13 and older.

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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