Nebraska Brick Days brings hundreds to Lincoln

Published: Aug. 26, 2018 at 5:45 PM CDT
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For almost 70 years, children around the world have played with Lego bricks. Over the weekend, hundreds of Lego enthusiasts of all ages came to Lincoln to display their creations and play with the iconic toys.

James Miller traveled from Colorado to show off his interactive amusement park display, called Riverside Park.

"I started construction in 2013, and it takes about six hours to assemble for shows, depending on if some other people help me," Miller said.

Miller said he got the idea for an interactive display from a friend of his.

"You go to these things and everything is 'Do Not Touch,' but kids want to touch," Miller said. "They want to play. Someone in our club brought in some buttons and we decided to use them as a way to get kids involved. They push the button and different parts of the amusement park spin or move."

Other displays included Star Wars scenes, the United States Supreme Court, a full village complete with a moving train and a large scale Rick and Morty statue for people to pose with.

Hobbytown USA puts on Nebraska Brick Days. The owner said he played with Lego bricks as a child, and wanted to continue the fun for generations to come.

"After I became the owner of Hobbytown, we sold a lot of Legos, and I noticed there was definitely a need for an event like this where enthusiasts, and kids and adults can get together and they can have fun and kind of celebrate the fun of Legos," owner Daniel Schmidt said.

Children of all ages could build their own Lego creations. Many opted to build Lego cars and race them down a track.

"I love seeing the smiles on kids' faces," Schmidt said. "When they leave, their faces just light up because they've had so much fun."

Hobbytown USA said the next event is a large Lego show in Omaha in March.

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