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Eastern Shore Threshermen slated to hold 60th annual show Aug. 7-9

by | Jul 31, 2020

A rock crushing demonstration will be among many pieces of antique equipment in action at the 60th annual Wheat Threshing, Steam & Gas Engine Show, Aug. 7-9 in Federalsburg, Md. (Photo courtesy Brenda Stant)

FEDERALSBURG, Md. — The Eastern Shore Threshermen & Collectors Assoc., Inc. will be holding its 60th annual Wheat Threshing, Steam & Gas Engine Show on Aug. 7-9 at its showgrounds at 5806 Federalsburg Highway between Denton and Federalsburg.
There is no charge for admission and parking, and the show opens at 10 a.m. each day.
Organizers are asking visitors to follow the CDC’s COVID-19 guidelines for social distancing, hand washing and hand sanitizer use.
They are encouraging patrons to consider visiting at off-peak times, perhaps on Friday and Sunday when the crowd is usually smaller.
“We feel that the community needs something to help bring a sense of normalcy to their summer, since so many events have been canceled. We are having the show for you, please help us out by reading and following the posted signage concerning
COVID-19,” the group said in a news release. “While extra sanitizing procedures will be in place, exposure to COVID-19 is an inherent risk in any public location where people are present. It is up to the attendees to follow this guidance in order to maintain the safest possible conditions for all.
“While we would love to see you at the show, if you are feeling sick, have a fever or a compromised immune system, please stay home and take care of yourself. You can always come next year.”
This year’s show will feature steam engines, antique tractors, gas engines, antique cars and steam models in operation.
Among the demonstrations will be wheat threshing, shingle sawing, sawing with miniature and full-size sawmills, and rock crushing.
A daily parade of all equipment will be held at 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 4 p.m. on Sunday.
“Smokey Joe,” a miniature steam train replica of the Civil War era “General” locomotive will be operating for train rides.
Friday and Saturday evening will feature musical performances from Country Express and Flatland Drive, respectively. Both shows are sponsored by Towers Concrete.
Sunday will feature music at 5 p.m. All shows are free. There will also be church services Sunday morning at 9 a.m.
There is no charge to exhibit antique equipment. All times are subject to weather conditions. For more information call 410-754-8422, 410-673-2414 or visit the show’s Facebook page.
The show dates back to 1961 when Jim Layton took his newly restored Frick traction engine out in the field by the road and threshed a little wheat.
A few neighbors, as well as some passers-by, stopped to help and watch.
The next year, neighbors urged him to do it again as they wanted to relive their past again and others, who had missed the previous threshing, wanted to see it, too.
It didn’t take much to convince him to do it again, show organizers said. The show began to grow with other people bringing tractors, gas engines and other farm equipment. Through the years, people have attended the show from all over the United States and many countries.

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P.O. Box 2026 Easton, MD 21601-8925

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