'See how it used to be' when Steam Show Days return to Carroll Farm Museum
By Lois Szymanski
Sep 04, 2018 | 10:00 AM
Since 1962, the Mason-Dixon Historical Society has held its annual Steam and Gas Roundup, known as Steam Show Days.
It will again be held this weekend, Sept. 6 through Sept. 9, at the Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center St. in Westminster.
Club president Robert Griesmyer said the Thursday date is for a consignment auction only, from 8:30 a.m. until it ends around 2 p.m. The sale includes lawn and garden type items, tractor parts, mowers, farm tools and maybe a few tractors, as well.
On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the show will run from 7 a.m. to dusk with exhibitions, demonstrations, an open flea market and plenty of good food.
“Our featured tractor this year is Allis-Chalmers,” Griesmyer said. “Also, Gravely will hold their National Show at our show. It’s called the ‘Gravely Mow In.’ Gravely offered a small power supply that ran numerous small items in the past, basically with the ability to plow and till and mow.
“There will probably be a lot of Gravely items, including some unusual ones, like a conveyor that could put shingles up on a roof. Vendors from Gravely will be there with parts and other items that people can buy. And they may be exhibiting some mowers and tractors.”
In addition, Griesmyer said visitors will be educated by a number of working exhibits. The Farm Museum will also have the farmhouse open for tours.
“We will have our saw mill running and we’ll do thrashing and baling as well,” he said. “There’s a historical shingle mill and the Blacksmith Society will be there. They will brand shingles again this year and will be making a lot of their own items. The female chain saw carver from upstate New York is coming, too.”
Griesmyer said those who like cars will be pleased to find the Model T Club of Baltimore on hand as well as numerous other antique cars. It is free to attend the steam show.
There’s free parking, including a shuttle that runs from the overflow parking area at the Carroll County Agriculture Center.
“This is an opportunity to learn about the history of Carroll County, as far as how farming was done,” he said. “As far back as 100 years ago, depending on what you are looking at. Find out what kind of equipment was used and how it has changed so much.
“Baling was all done by hand years ago. Now it is all mechanical. See how it used to be.”
Look for a pedal pull competition for kids on Saturday and Sunday with the club providing 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 fun to watch, especially the younger kids, and they love it.”
The auction is a fundraiser for the Mason-Dixon Historical Society. All funds go toward next year's show. More than 325 people had signed up for bidding numbers before 11 a.m. Thursday before gathering around auctioneers Nevin Tasto, Jim Brathuhn and Bryan Green.
“We will also have dinners available on Thursday, Friday and Saturday,” Griesmyer said. “On Thursday we have a ham, green bean and potatoes dinner. On Friday night there’s a baked spaghetti dinner and on Saturday night it’s a meatloaf and mashed potato dinner.”
Griesmyer encourages folks to bring their families out to learn about the past.
“It is a nice family friendly environment,” he said. “Little kids love to see the tractors, but the older people do, too. They might remember when they were young and were using that piece of equipment. Most of our people are happy to share their knowledge and talk about things they have [on hand] from the past.”