Mechanical Menagerie

Harrisonburg Man Displays Unique Collection During Holidays

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Posted: December 28, 2013

John Sowers tinkers with one of his many mechanical toys at his home in Harrisonburg on Christmas Eve. Sowers and his wife, Nancy, often open their home to area children and families to share the toys he has been collecting for several decades. (Photos by Jason Lenhart / DN-R)
A toy ice rink with skaters bears the name of John Sowers in his Harrisonburg home.
From Ferris wheels to race tracks and even playful penguins, John Sowers’ collection of mechanical toys span four decades in his Harrisonburg home.

HARRISONBURG — Once December comes, some look to traditions like picking out a Christmas tree or buying gifts to get into the spirit of the season.

Harrisonburg residents John and Nancy Sowers’...



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