Two shows are set to entertain and educate residents here this week.The Mason-Dixon Historical Society has its 29th-annual Steam and GasRoundup from Friday through Sunday at the Carroll County Farm Museum.

Antique farm machinery, steam and gas engines and antique cars will take visitors back to the good old days.

The museum also will offer working demonstrations of threshing, baling and branding. Tempt your taste buds with samples of apple butter minutes after it is made Saturday.

Hayrides will be available Saturday and Sunday. At 2 p.m. both days, children can join a tractor pull just for them.

A large flea market will attract buyers with antiques and crafts. Entertainment and country foods also will be featured.

Come to 500 S. Center St. from 10 a.m. to dusk all three days. Admission and parking are free. Information: 848-7775.

Or, if you would rather learn about what's new in leisure, stop by Cranberry Mall Friday and Saturday.

A playground of delights awaits mom, dad,students and grandparents as they shop for back-to-school supplies they may have forgotten or didn't know they needed.

"We thought thefirst weekend after school would be a good time," said Jeff Degitz of the county's first Leisure Expo, sponsored by the Carroll County Department of Recreation and Parks.

Hours are noon to 9 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

The premiere event, featuring demonstrations, performances, activities, displays and drawings for free prizes, promises to entertain youngsters through senior citizens.

"The county has a reputation for being a bedroom community for work, entertainment and recreation," said Degitz, chief of the Bureau of Recreation at the Department of Recreation and Parks.

"We wanted to show what's available in our own backyard,"including the county's facilities at Piney Run Park, Bear Branch Nature Center, Hashawha Environmental Center and the Farm Museum.

Thinking of taking up racquetball? Have a yen to portray Hamlet? Kids been bugging you to join 4-H?Looking for a way to help others by volunteering?

Some 30 non-profit groups and 10 businesses plan to take this opportunity to increase the public's awareness of their recreational and leisure offerings through exhibits and literature at booths in the mall.

The staff will answer questions and even sign junior up for karate, while mom and dad keep in shape square dancing.

At the main information booth,Degitz; Barbara Gundina, a therapeutic recreation specialist; and other Recreation and Parks staff will explain what's available through their department.

"We're focusing on service, rather than merchandise," Degitz said.

Information: 857-2103.

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