New gen­er­a­tions join Thresh­er­men’s Show’s tra­di­tion

Dorchester Star - - Regional - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com Fol­low Caro­line/ Dorch­ester Edi­tor Dustin Holt on Twit­ter @Dustin_ StarDem.

FEDERALSBURG — Nice weather greeted visi­tors to the 57th an­nual Wheat Thresh­ing, Steam and Gas En­gine Show from Aug. 5 to Aug. 7, at the show­grounds on Route 313 be­tween Den­ton and Federalsburg.

Hosted by the Eastern Shore Thresh­er­men and Col­lec­tors As­so­ci­a­tion Inc., the free, fam­ily fes­ti­val fea­tured steam en­gines, an­tique trac­tors, gas en­gines, an­tique cars and steam mod­els in op­er­a­tion. Among the demon­stra­tions were wheat thresh­ing, shin­gle saw­ing, saw­ing with a minia­ture and full size sawmills and rock crush­ing.

A daily pa­rade of all equip­ment was held each day and kids of all ages could ride “Smokey Joe,” a minia­ture steam train, which is a replica of the Civil War era “Gen­eral” lo­co­mo­tive.

Emily Jack­son, 14, the great-grand­daugh­ter of the show’s founder, Jim Lay­ton, joined in the fes­tiv­i­ties for an­other year, this time she was cer­ti­fied to drive one of the steam en­gines.

Jack­son has been com­ing to the show since she was born. In May, she com­pleted a course at Tuck­a­hoe Steam and Gas in Tal­bot County to re­ceive her steam en­gine li­cense.

“I’ve al­ways liked the steam en­gines,” she said. “I love com­ing here to see my fam­ily.

“My great-grand­fa­ther started the show, and it is great to be a part of it,” she said. “Now, this year, I get to drive one of the steam en­gines, which is re­ally great.”

Steam en­gines and trac­tors from the Mid-Shore and Delaware were on dis­play all week­end. Some of the steam en­gines dated all the back to 1914.

The event in­cluded a large flea mar­ket with more than 125 deal­ers. Friday evening fea­tured the classic coun­try mu­sic sounds of Coun­try Ex­press, and Flat­land Drive per­formed blue­grass mu­sic on Satur­day evening. Both shows are spon­sored by Tow­ers Con­crete. Sun­day also had mu­sic along with a church ser­vices in the morn­ing.

Amer­i­can Cor­ner res­i­dent Ge­orge Jack­son had his 23rd an­nual Christ­mas Scrolls for de­ployed U.S. Troops at the show.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Thresh­er­men’s Show, visit www.thresh­er­men.org.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Emily Jack­son, the great-grand­daugh­ter of Thresh­er­men’s Show founder Jim Lay­ton, stands on a 1918 steam en­gine dur­ing the 57th an­nual Wheat Thresh­ing, Steam and Gas En­gine Show Friday, Aug. 4.

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