Cherry Bomb Toys owner Candace Woodward with some of the toys available in her Broad Street store. The store helps organize the Ultimate Hobby and Toy Fair set for Pearkes rec centre April 1.

Ultimate toy show takes over Pearkes Sunday

Ninth edition of hobby and toy show takes place Sunday (April 1) from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Field House at Pearkes recreation centre.

Candice Woodward has been on the hunt for Magnum P.I. and his Ferrari for eight years.

Woodward needs to find the U.S. television character and his beloved car to add them to her collection of toy robots and other miscellaneous things.

Woodward owns Cherry Bomb Toys on Broad Street. She’s been collecting toys for about 10 years, she said, and hopes she’ll find what she’s looking for at this weekend’s Ultimate Hobby and Toy Fair.

“Will I find it at the show? I don’t know… (but) that would be awesome,” Woodward said with a laugh.

The ninth edition of the twice-annual hobby and toy show takes place this Sunday (April 1) from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Field House at Pearkes recreation centre.

Almost 200 vendors, including Cherry Bomb Toys, Rainy Day Play and Vancouver-based Urban Samurai Hobbies, will have action figures, vintage toys and die-cast cars on display.

As well, comic illustrators Glen Mullaly, Ken Steacy and Gareth Kyle Gaudin will be selling and signing copies of their work.

Whether people are die-hard collectors, looking for something they’ve always wanted, or simply want to browse the tables, Woodward promises a family-friendly event.

There will be carnival games for children, with donations going to the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. As well, the Superheroes of Victoria will be on hand at the Superhero Creation Station to make masks and capes for guests, by donation.

Bids can be made on the silent auction, with items worth more than $3,000, at the fair until 2 p.m., Sunday.

Proceeds from the auction go to the MS Society of Canada.

There will also be draws for door prizes every half-hour.

The toy fair runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., but those with early bird tickets can get a sneak peak at 8 a.m. Regular tickets cost $3 for adults. Children are free.

Early bird tickets cost $10 at the door or $5 in the store before Sunday.

For more information, visit cherrybombtoys.com

reporter@vicnews.com