Central Carroll: Steam Show Days offers glimpse into Carroll's farming history

Larry Airing, Sr. right, hands a hydraulic cylinder to Fran Gardner, left, of Keymar after he bought it during the auction Thursday at the Mason-Dixon Historical Society's 53rd annual Steam and Gas Roundup at the Carroll County Farm Museum Sept. 10, 2015.
Larry Airing, Sr. right, hands a hydraulic cylinder to Fran Gardner, left, of Keymar after he bought it during the auction Thursday at the Mason-Dixon Historical Society's 53rd annual Steam and Gas Roundup at the Carroll County Farm Museum Sept. 10, 2015.(DYLAN SLAGLE/STAFF PHOTO / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Since 1962, the Mason-Dixon Historical Society has helped the public learn more about our farming past with their annual Steam and Gas Roundup, known as Steam Show Days. It will again be held this weekend — Sept. 8, 9 and 10 — at the Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center Street Westminster.

Club President Robert Griesmyer said they will also be open for a consignment auction only on Thursday, Sept. 7 from 10 a.m. to about 4 p.m.


"The consignment auction pretty much runs all day," Griesmyer said. "It's basically farm related with tools, farm and lawn equipment, tractor parts and those type items. It's not unusual to have a few tractors for sale as well."

On Sept. 8-10 the Steam Roundup will run from 7 a.m. to dusk with exhibitions of antique farm machinery, steam and gas engines and antique cars. Also Look for historical working demonstrations like saw milling, shingle sawing and branding, baling, threshing and grinding.


"We've already cut wheat and we will thrash and bail wheat on Saturday and Sunday," Griesmyer said. "On Friday, Saturday and Sunday the sawmill will be running and we'll be cutting shingles. The blacksmith society will be there and they can brand the shingles. We sell them for $1 each."

It is free to attend the steam show, with free parking, including a free shuttle running from the overflow parking area at the Carroll County Agriculture Center.

"Everything is free unless you want to buy something," Griesmyer said. "We want people to come out and enjoy the day and learn about our past, so we've always been big believers in making it free."

The Model A Club of Baltimore will have cars on display on Saturday and Mason-Dixon club members will have other antique cars on display through Sunday. Also, according to Griesmyer, a female chainsaw carver from upstate New York will demonstrate her skills all three days.

A big hit at this event is always the pedal pull for kids, to be held on Saturday and Sunday. The club provides pedal tractors for kids who want to participate.

"The kids are pedaling for a distance, very similar to a tractor pull," Griesmyer said. "They have a little skid with weights on that they pull. It is neat. The kids get a big kick out of it and the parents do too!"

The Farm Museum will have the farmhouse open for tours at a nominal fee. Look for hay rides, a giant flea market, and plenty of food for sale, including pit beef and ham, barbecue, hamburgers, hot dogs, French fries, ice cream from JJ Hoffman's Creamery and drinks.

"We want everyone to enjoy the weekend and learn a little about history," Griesmyer said. "A lot of people who come have never seen the gas engines or tractors as old as we'll have there. Most of our people are happy to share their knowledge and talk about what things were used for in the past."

For more information call Robert Griesmyer at 443-398-4242 or call 410-848-7775.

Pleasant Valley fire holding wing feed

Pleasant Valley Fire Department will hold its second annual All-You-Can-Eat Wing Feed at the fire company on Saturday, Sept. 9. Doors will open at 4 p.m. with food served from 5-8 p.m.

Enjoy five varieties of wings by Callahan's Wings, including mild, garlic parmesan ranch, wet old bay, Cajun ranch, barbeque and naked wings. Look for other food as well, with hot dogs, French fries, veggies, chips and pretzels. Beverages will include beer and soda and desserts feature Debbie's delicious homemade cakes.

Look for music, and a variety of silent raffles, a 50/50 raffle and games of chance at this event, with all raffles drawn by 9 p.m.


The silent auction will include sports memorabilia and other items from Great Moments.

Family and friends are invited to join in this evening of fun in the small town of Pleasant Valley. Tickets for adults cost $20 each. Children ages 6 to 12 are $12. To reserve tickets, call Matt Thomas 410-596-1198 or Melissa Thomas 443-547-5766.

Pleasant Valley Fire Company is located at 2030 S. Pleasant Valley Road, Westminster.

AARP trip to Raystown Lake

AARP Chapter 66 in Westminster will hold a bus trip to Raystown Lake on Tuesday, Oct. 10 to include a luncheon cruise. Anyone can sign up, but do it fast because reservations and payment must be in by Sept. 10.

"Enjoy the fall on a luncheon cruise on the Proud Mary," said Connie Strohecker, with AARP, Chapter 66. "The leaves should be pretty then and it will be a nice day to be on the lake."

Strohecker said the luncheon is part of the two-hour boat cruise on Raystown Lake. The 8,300-acre lake is the largest lake completely in the state of Pennsylvania.

The bus will leave Westminster at 8:15 a.m. and Eldersburg at 8:45 a.m. It will return to Westminster at 5:15 p.m. and to Eldersburg at 5:45 p.m. The cost of the trip is $69 per person and includes lunch.

You don't have to be an AARP member to sign up for the trip. For more information or to reserve your spot, call Strohecker at 410-795-6609.

RUNNING 4 KIDS restaurant fundraiser

RUNNING 4 KIDS will hold its fifth annual restaurant fundraiser, with proceeds to benefit Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

JDRF is the leading global organization, funding research on type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune disease that can strike children or adults. According to the JDRF web site, it has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle and there's nothing you can do to prevent it.

According to their website, RUNNING 4 KIDS was founded to "provide charitable contributions to both children and their families who are in need. Although children with serious medical conditions are the primary focus, providing a bright future for all the children will always be the goal."

Buffalo Wild Wings will host a Spirit Night on Wednesday, Sept. 13 from 5–9 p.m. to support this cause. The Westminster location is the main store but 13 other stores in the region will also take part in fundraising, including Owings Mills, Columbia, Frederick, Urbana and Hagerstown. No coupon is needed.

Those who eat at Glory Days Grill in Eldersburg can help, too. Patrons who eat there during the entire month of September may mail their guest check(s) to P.O. Box 469, Sykesville, MD 21784 or drop them off at Tri Sport Junction, 7568 Main Street, Sykesville.

Learn more about the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation online at www.jdrf.org.

Learn more about Running 4 Kids at www.running4kids.net or by emailing run4kids@verizon.net or calling 410-751-7219 and leaving a message.

Lois Szymanski covers Finksburg, Gamber, Pleasant Valley, Reese, Sandymount, Silver Run, Smallwood, Union Mills and Westminster. To contact her call 443-293-7811 or email loisszymanski@hotmail.com.

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