Collectors coming

By Dave Gragg

“Eclectic” is one word for it.
So is “A whole lot of people who collect a whole lot of stuff,” but that’s not really one word, is it?
Collectors from 10 states will be in Tucumcari next weekend as part of the 31st annual collectors’ show on Friday and Saturday.
The collectibles show will have everything from household and kitchen items to toys, Indian artifacts and barbed wire displays.
Admission to the show, which runs 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Tucumcari Convention Center, is free.
Among the collectors will be author and columnist Delbert Trew, who writes the “It’s All Trew” column for the Amarillo Globe-News.
Trew’s family owned and operated a ranch along Rana Creek in Quay County for 23 years and the last chapter in his book records stories told to him in the early ‘50s about the history along the creek watershed.
He will be signing copies of his book during the show.
According to show Chairman Dan Sowle, the theme of this year’s exhibition is a tribute to farming, so he expects a lot of farmers to attend.
While there will be some items for sale or trade, Sowle said the main reason to have it is to get interest in history and collecting.
“If people see part of a collection it may bring a little bit of history to them,” he said. “Someone might look at something and say ‘Oh, my grandfather had one of these,’” he said.