NEW Hobby Show unites people, passions | WFRV Local 5
Green Bay, Wisconsin (WFRV) – The NEW Hobby Show is in its 35th year and performed at the Riverside Ballroom in Green Bay on Sunday.
Event host Aaron Bacovsky said it was gratifying to see people come together around common interests. “I feel like I’m fulfilling my destiny, I really do, because these people need a focal point,” Bacovsky said.
But, the NEW Hobby Show wasn’t always a hobby show.
“It was something that started in the 80s, my dad started it as a tractor show. They were mainly agricultural toys and in order to continue to function they had to coexist with the most modern toys, ”he said.
Modern toys for sale and display; Like model trains, action figures, legos.
The show is also sharing a passion.
“There are so many different things for so many different age groups, from the heart of childhood there is nothing here that they won’t want to take home,” said Dan Wiechman, a salesperson. of Lego and passionate.
Brian Gillaume, a local train collector and president of the NEW “O” Gaugers Railroad Club, brings his trains to shows in the area in hopes that others will learn about the hobby.
“[People see them and] they remember their childhood, you see their eyes really light up like ‘Oh yeah, I had that’, or they had some of the different props, ”said Gillaume. “So it’s really fun to bring back the memories.”
And now it’s a family affair; Brian’s son Matthew enjoys the same hobby as his father.
“Mainly because of his fun playing with them, I started collecting them. Now I come to every train show, I like it, I really like it, ”Matthew said.
For Bacovsky, uniting people on their passions is what fuels his.
“You know, as a hobbyist you are usually on your own in your industry and so to bring everyone together they need that face they buy from and a little bit of encouragement to keep doing what they want. ‘they do,’ he said. .
The NEW Hobby Show ends at 3 a.m. on Sunday. He comes to Green Bay every year, the first weekend in March.