Especially for one little lady, the model train and airplane show at the Yavapai County Fairgrounds this past weekend provoked a sense of awe and wonderment.
"It's always fun to watch the little kids. One little girl - who was about 3 - her eyes were as big as silver dollars as she stared at the Santa's Village panorama, looking for Santa to come," said American Legion Auxiliary member Carm Staker, who helped organize the show to benefit the proposed Prescott Valley Military Service Monument.
The show ran May 30 through June 1 and raised $2,080.
Members of the Chino Valley Model Aviators brought a variety of model planes, and gave outdoor demonstrations Saturday afternoon.
"Every airplane you see here has an expiration date, we just don't know it yet," joked the club's president, Randy Meathrell.
He and the other members encourage newcomers to their club, which the Academy of Model Aeronautics sanctions.
Prescott Valley N-Trek and Mountain Valley N-Scale Group displayed mock villages and settings from an Amish Village to Washington, D.C., with tiny trains running on the railroad track circling the whole "country."
Sergeant Hobby shop came from Holbrook with plenty of models of planes, trains, rockets and accessories to sell to visitors who were instantly hooked on the miniatures they saw.
Staker said although attendance was a bit thin on Friday, the crowd picked up Saturday and on Sunday morning.
Entrance fees contributed $1,515, raffle ticket sales netted $378, the sale of commemorative bricks brought in another $100, and $87 came from T-shirts sales.
Since its inception in 2006, the monument committee has raised more than $30,000 of the $125,000 it needs to erect a monument honoring veterans and current members of the armed services.
The monument will stand in the Prescott Valley Civic Center amphitheatre area, near the Ed Seder Law Enforcement Center.
The following phone numbers and websites provide more information.
Chino Valley Model Aviators
www.cvma-online.com; president Randy Meathrell, (928) 775-9693; newsletter editor Bob Shanks, (928) 776-7177.