Gearing up for the 2016 Steam Show Days, Mason-Dixon Historical Society's treasurer and tractor collector Shane Ey said he's looking forward to the large group of tractors and engines that will be on display Thursday, Sept. 8, through Sunday, Sept. 11, at the Carroll County Farm Museum in Westminster.
"People will be able to see what it took to get an old tractor going. We're going to be featuring Ford and Fordson [tractor division of Ford] tractors this year," Ey said. "They have hand cranks, throttles, spark advances and fuel mixers. They were very crude, not like modern vehicles. Before electric, you powered stuff on the farms with little gas engines."
Ey, who will display his own 1927 Fordson Model F tractor, said he hopes visitors will find the event educational.
"They can learn a little bit about farming practices and see the equipment that was used 50 to 100 years ago," Ey said.
According to Mason-Dixon Historical Society President Robert Griesmyer, Steam Show Days have always been held on the museum's grounds. The event will feature an auction, wheat threshing and baling, hayrides, a flea market, antique cars, and a chain saw woodcarver as well as a tractor and antique car parade.
"We always appreciate the return of Steam Show Days every year," said Carroll County Farm Museum Manager Joanne Weant. "They were one of our first partners here at the museum. They help us reach back to the early days of the museum and farming itself."
Griesmyer said the event is the organization's way of helping to preserve rural Carroll County.
"We want to give people an opportunity to learn a little bit of history about equipment. It's a good opportunity to see how things were done years ago," Griesmyer said.
Mason-Dixon Historical Society Vice President Larry Airing Sr. said the event brings back a lot of memories for him.
"I enjoy anything that has to do with antique tractors," Airing said. "Everything back then was a simple machine. I grew up with a lot of it. Everything was hand operated, and it was a hands-on kind of job. I like that everybody always pitched in to help each other."
Airing said everyone should "come out and enjoy the home-cooked food" provided by Mason-Dixon Historical Society Secretary Linda Elliott and her parents, Bob and Ruth Martin.
"We've been doing it for almost 30 years," Elliott said. "Mom's the only cook we've got and Dad does the grill. I'm in charge of getting all the food together and doing emergency store runs."
Elliott said the kitchen will offer a full breakfast, a variety of food for lunch and desserts.
"We're going to have hot chicken sandwiches with mashed potatoes and dressing on Sunday," Elliott said. "There's also homemade sweet tea made on site."
Elliott encouraged visitors to come to the event to explore "everybody's past history."
"You're going to see things you don't normally see on the average day because of the new modern technology," Elliott said.
If you go
What: 2016 Steam Show Days
When: 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11
Where: Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center St., Westminster
Cost: Free admission and free parking. Fee for food and drinks.
For more information: Contact Robert Griesmyer at 443-398-4242.
Schedule of events
Sept. 8: 10 a.m. Consignment sale/auction
Sept. 9: 7 to 10 a.m. breakfast, 10 a.m. flag raising/opening ceremony, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. lunch and dinner, 6 p.m. tractor parade
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Sept. 10 and 11: 7 to 10 a.m. breakfast, 9 to 10 a.m. worship services (Sunday only), 10 a.m. flag raising/opening ceremony, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. lunch and dinner, 11:30 a.m. saw mill and shingle mill operation, noon slow tractor race, 1 p.m. antique truck and car parade, 1:30 p.m. kids pedal pull, 2 p.m. threshing and baling, 4 p.m. steam engine and tractor parade