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From common to rare, toy soldiers will be at the center of attention in a major show next weekend at Cantigny Park in Wheaton. (Photo provided)

Marching into Cantigny Park in Wheaton will be the 14th annual Toy Soldier Show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3.

The popular event is fun for all ages and a good introduction to a fascinating pastime mixing military history, collecting and art, say show organizers. About 20 vendors are expected to exhibit their collections and offer figurines for sale. Some will show their own hand-crafted merchandise.

Antique toy soldiers can be valuable collectors’ items, coveted for their historic accuracy, precision artistry and sometimes scarcity. At the other end of the spectrum are the classic plastic-molded soldiers and artillery with actual play value. All sides of the hobby will be represented at Cantigny.

Toy soldier enthusiasts also may want to visit the First Division Museum at Cantigny, open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with free admission.
Bertie’s Café in the Visitors Center will be open for snacks, sandwiches and drinks throughout the day, and Le Jardin serves lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Cantigny Park is open daily from 9 a.m. to sunset in November and December at 1S151 Winfield Road. More information, including a complete schedule of upcoming events, is online at