Brick expo builds on popularity


Sonja Jahrsdoerfer, 4, uses her father James' camera to shoot a picture at the Greenfield Brick Expo at the Hancock County Fairgrounds exhibit hall. Over 2,100 attended the weekend show for Lego enthusiasts. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)

A moving display: A group of Lego enthusiasts surround a chess exhibit at the Hancock County Fairgrounds exhibit hall. More than 2,100 people attended the weekend show. The 169-square-foot chess board features robotic pieces that move from square to square. The exhibit was one of the most popular attractions at the Greenfield Brick Expo. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)

GREENFIELD — For Michael Rumler, Lego is much more than just a toy; it’s therapy.

Connecting those colorful bricks together, especially with some music playing in the background, settles the teen’s nerves like nothing else can, his mother, Tammy Rumler, said.

Michael, 13, of Shirley, has Asperger’s Syndrome, and he sometimes suffers anxiety attacks so strong he feels sick to his stomach.

But hand him a set of Lego bricks, and all that tension goes out the window. Michael is suddenly able to calm down and focus.

So, when Rumler saw banners advertising the second annual Greenfield Brick Expo, she knew she had to take her son.

Michael was one of more than 2,100 attendees who flocked to the Hancock County Fairgrounds for the two-day event during the weekend to see towering displays of Lego creations. And he wasn’t disappointed.

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