Borth remains the big man in miniature building

Staff photo by Clay Schuldt Greg Borth of Fairfax received a big trophy for his little farm. He received the New Ulm Toy Show Miniature Display Grand Champion prize on Sunday at the New Ulm Civic Center.

NEW ULM — Greg Borth once again took home the top prize in the miniature display contest at the New Ulm Toy Show Sunday.

Each year, guests are allowed to vote on the top miniature display, but this year the contest included a judged award as well. Borth’s farm model was awarded the top honor.

His farm model resembles a typical country farm, like many of those seen in the area. The design used a combination of wood and styrofoam. Nearly everything in the model was built from scratch.

Borth’s winning display is one he has been adding to little by little over the years. Recently he has added extra trees, cleaned up the area around the shed and added an old bridge.

The old bridge is the most specific detail on the display. It was built to resemble a condemned wooden bridge. The high road has been moved away in favor of a box-culvert style bridge.

Staff photo by Clay Schuldt One of the last addition to Greg Borth’s miniature model was a condemned wooden bridge next to the replacement bridge.

Borth said he plans to add a bridge closed sign and little fisherman later.

Borth said he began creating farm buildings from scratch six years ago. He said miniature models are talent and hobby.

“Patience is the real struggle,” he said. “You cannot rush it. If you rush a model it will be sloppy, but if you take the time it will look nice.”

The miniature contest was part a small part of the New Ulm Toy Show. Organizer Wendy Mealman said overall the show went well, with most of the vendors saying they will return for next year.

Next year’s Toy Show will be the 35th anniversary of this show. Mealman is hoping to plan something special for this upcoming milestone.