Close to 6,000 people, young and old, came to the visitor center at Cantigny Park in Wheaton recently. They were there for 8th annual Northern Illinois Lego Train Club show. And the kids couldn’t hide their excitement.
“It was funny and cool,” said Thomas Trzupek of Antioch.
The club has 16 members, who spend much of their free time working on the displays. Matt De Lanoy’s signature piece is the Millennium Falcon for the Star Wars movies.
“It’s taken me probably for 4 years for the entire display,” De Lanoy said.
The show at Cantigny Park is the biggest one for the group, so they give it their all, spending 10 hours setting up the night before.
“I think we all have in common a goofy sense of humor,” said Jamie LeBlanc, the club’s president.
With so much to look at, kids had a hard time picking out favorites.
“I liked how they made Moe’s Tavern from the Simpsons,” said Elizabeth Trzupek. “There are people going into it and a drunk person outside.”
And the smiles are reward enough for builders.
“It gives me great joy to show this off to other people, especially the kids,” Matt De Lanoy said. “The kids love this.”
For more information on the Northern Illinois Lego Train Club, visit their website at www.niltc.org.
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