Mu­seum open for county fair

Record Observer - - Arts & Entertainment -

It’s Au­gust. That means it’s time for the an­nual Queen Anne’s County Fair. And that means the Queen Anne’s Mu­seum of East­ern Shore Life will fea­ture its an­tique steam trac­tor as the fea­tured ar­ti­fact for the month of Au­gust, as that has be­come the an­nual tra­di­tion.

The trac­tor is a 1913 Peer­less steam trac­tion en­gine, pow­ered by steam in a boiler heated by burn­ing wood. The trac­tor was used for tow­ing farm equip­ment and im­ple­ments be­ing used for agri­cul­tural pur­poses in the days be­fore more mod­ern farm trac­tors were de­vel­oped.

The an­tique steam trac­tor par­tic­i­pated in the Tuck­a­hoe Steam & Gas As­so­ci­a­tion’s an­nual show near Eas­ton in July and is par­tic­i­pat­ing in the an­nual Thresh­er­men’s show near Fed­er­als­burg the first week­end in Au­gust.

This an­tique trac­tor tra­di­tion­ally leads the pa­rade to cel­e­brate the be­gin­ning of the Queen Anne’s County Fair each year.

The mu­seum is still seek­ing old pho­tos of peo­ple, places and events in Queen Anne’s County from the 1800’s through the 1960’s and re­quests that peo­ple with such pho­tos al­low the mu­seum to make copies of those pho­tos for dis­play in the mu­seum. The orig­i­nal pho­tos would be promptly re­turned to the own­ers.

The mu­seum will be open to vis­i­tors from 1 to 4 p.m. on Satur­day, Aug. 5, and from 1 to 9 p.m. on Wed­nes­day, Thurs­day and Fri­day, Aug. 9, 10 and 11 dur­ing the county fair.

The mu­seum is lo­cated at the Queen Anne’s County 4-H Park (county fair­grounds) on state Route 18 at Dulin Clark Road be­tween Cen­tre­ville and Queen­stown.

This an­tique steam trac­tor is a 1913 Peer­less steam trac­tion en­gine owned by the Queen Anne’s Mu­seum of East­ern Shore Life. It will be the fea­tured ar­ti­fact for the month of Au­gust and will be on dis­play at the mu­seum at the 4-H Park dur­ing the week of the county fair.

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