Tom McCain, 64, carved out his first horny toad in 1976 when he was recovering from injuries he sustained as a Marine in Viet Nam. ``The horny toad business is wonderful and it’s a lot safer than being a Marine,’’ he said Saturday.
His Horny Toad Connection booth has been a fixture at the Stock Show for 15 years and McCain said he’s ``planning on another 15.’’
The Albuquerque, N.M, entrepreneur said he only shows his hand-made collection of horny toad pins, figurines, necklaces and ear rings at the Stock Show, the Texas State Fair and the New Mexico State Fair. ``But it doesn’t matter, at the shows or on my Web site, TCU Horned Frog fans are my best customers.’’
The horny toad industry appears to be recession-proof. ``I’m doing better this year than last,’’ he said. ``Fort Worth loves horny toads.’’
(Photo by Joyce Marshall)
— Steve Campbell