New generations join Threshermen’s Show’s tradition
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.
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.