THERE'S SURE TO be a traffic jam at 14711 Old Hanover Road on the weekend of the Boring Gas Engine, Tractor Show and Flea Market, this year on May 30 and 31.
For 17 years, the grounds of the Boring Volunteer Fire Company fill with antique tractors that snort and chug, and screaming steam whistle blasts to show the new generation what farming was like not so long ago.
Farming, it seems, has become impatient. For instance, the latest tractors have on-board computers to tally the harvest with a digital display, or calculate the seed or fertilizer being spread.
So it's no wonder that steam and early gas engine tractors draw a big crowd. It's refreshing to see how something works with gears and cogs and shining grease. Anyone can appreciate the precision of engine flywheels and pistons. It's kinetic art to see them running smoothly under a craftsman's eye and ear.
The old steam tractors are as cumbersome as dinosaurs but better. They move, sometimes offer rides and compete in "pulls" of weight on a sled. If you have a tractor to show, contact Shaf Bosley at 410-429-2903.
You'll probably find old green-glass canning jars, vegetable crate labels and selections from Grandma's country kitchenware for sale. Vendors who want to join in, contact Debbie Hudgins at 410-374-3636.
For suburban "farmers," the garden tractor pull is held at 2 p.m. May 31; Bosley is in charge.
The tractor show entertains with cloggers, a country band and food served from breakfast at 7 a.m., and continuing with pizza, hot dogs, soups, pit beef and more until 10 p.m.
Admission and parking are free. Camping on the grounds is offered for vendors and exhibitors.
A North Carroll High School senior with a mind for business, who plans to attend college after graduation, should contact the Hampstead Business Association.
Every year, the association awards $500 to a senior who plans to attend a state or local college in Maryland and major in business.
For details and an application, call LaVere Grimes at his office at 410- 239-5555.
Students of dance and gymnastics at the Falls Road Dance Studio will perform their spring dance recital at 7 p.m. Friday at the North Carroll High School auditorium, 3801 Hampstead-Mexico Road.
The two-hour review will feature several age groups with musical accompaniment.
Wet and wild
Become a wetland explorer this month at Bear Branch Nature Center, where five wet-and-wild activities will be led by center naturalists. Each hike costs $1 per member, $2 per nonmember.
Bear Branch is at 300 John Owings Road, accessible from Route 97 or from Bachman Valley Road.
From 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow, adults accompanying children 6 and older can scoop the water from the wetlands boardwalk and try for a nibble with a cane fishing pole. You'll probably see the new Canada goose goslings and a second mother goose who's nesting next to the boardwalk.
A favorite spring activity is listening to the frog chorus. Meet at 7: 30 p.m. Friday to hike until 9 p.m. and listen to croaking, drumming and other nighttime frog voices in the woodland. All ages will enjoy this hike.
Touch, feel and expect wet tennis shoes during the search for tadpoles May 16 from 10: 30 a.m. to noon for ages 5 to 10.
Dry those shoes and return from 4: 30 p.m. to 5: 30 p.m. May 21 to search for slithery salamanders beneath rocks and logs in the woodland. This hike will get children ages 5 to 10 dirty and wet, too, so they'll love it.
Meet our delegates
Business issues from the past Maryland legislative session will be discussed at 7 p.m. today during the meeting of the Hampstead Business Association in the Hampstead Town Office, 1034 S. Carroll St.
Our elected delegates from the 5th Legislative District -- Joseph M. Getty, Nancy R. Stocksdale and Ellen Willis Miller -- will present a summary of what happened in Annapolis. They'll be available to answer questions and get to know the business community in Hampstead.
Pub Date: 5/06/98