The Vicksburg Convention Center Exhibit Hall 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’ve booked it at the convention center this year.”
Bumpus said around 40 vendors will be at the toy festival, which is expected to attract around 1,500 people. He said the event opens at 9 a.m. and door prizes will be given out every half hour beginning at 9:45 a.m. Admission is $10; $20 for early arrivals.
“They’re going to have toys, video games, comic book sports cards — all kinds of things to collect,” he said. “We have ‘Pixel Dan’ Eardley coming; he’s a YouTube influencer and he recently wrote a book about an 80s toy line, Masters of the Universe, which he published last year. He will sell copies of the book and sign them.
A truck loaded with video games will also be on the expo floor, Bumpus said.
“People will be able to play video games,” he said. “It goes back to the first Nintendo all the way to the most modern PlayStation 5.”
Eardley will lead a panel program on the Masters of the Universe first outing 40 years ago in 1982. Another panel will feature on toy photography.
The event also includes a costume contest judged for ages 12 and under followed by a costume contest for ages 13 and up.