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'The Maryland Steam Historical Society Show Report'

The Md. Steam Hist. Soc. Inc. held it's 10th. anniversary show Sept. 16, 17, 18, & 19, 1965 at the Arcadia Carnival Grounds, Arcadia, Md.

The show was a success in every way and we were blessed with good weather and good sized crowds were in attendance for all four days of the show.

There were several highlights during this years show: One of these was the dedication of our Society's new flag commemorating our 10th. anniversary, and which will be displayed at our future events; The Flag has a black background with gold overlays of the state flag of Maryland in the upper left hand corner, a steam engine and gasoline engine in the upper R. Hand corner and the name 'The Maryland Steam Historical Society' across the bottom half of the flag; The colors of the State of Maryland Flag which are black and gold are used throughout, making our flag a beautiful display emblem for our shows. We wish to thank Mrs. Mildred Brubaker and all her committee for their excellent efforts in making this fine project possible.

We also had on sale, our 10th. anniversary year book in which were pictures of some of the members engines, pictures of the officers and articles outlining the purpose and history of the club; also there were quite a number of recipes by the ladies of the Society. The book will make a fine collector's item for all who are interested in steam as a hobby.

Another event which probably is a first for any show, was the stopping for about 20 minutes of a steam excursion train at the show grounds on Sunday afternoon, and which was greeted by a bevy of steam whistles from the engines on the grounds. A large crowd was on hand and were busy taking pictures of the train; It is hoped that this event can again be repeated for the 1966 show possibly stopping for a longer period of time. The excursion ran from York, Pa. to Baltimore, Md. over the Western Maryland Railroad.

The Pikesville, Md. Kiwanis Band again entertained on Thurs. Eve., The Country Diamonds and Square Dancers on Friday Eve. and The Alesia Band provided a concert for Saturday Eve.

On Friday Eve. a threshing pool was in operation with 4 threshing machines set up like spokes in a wheel and all threshing wheat at the same time; this was in charge of Mr. Gilbert Wisner and his crew of able helpers, and which created much interest among the spectators. It is hoped to be again able to repeat this event with perhaps more machines in 1966.

There were engine and equipment parades daily with total of 55 pieces of equipment moving over the parade route to the delight of the spectators.

There were 16 large steam engines including tractions, 1 canning factory and several portables; 6 model steam traction engines, 31 table type model steam engines built and displayed by the Westminister, Md. high school boys, the North Carroll high School boys and others; this display was all running and attracted a lot of attention; also there were 4 Oil Pull tractors and 24 antique class, gas and diesel tractors. There were a total of 139 gasoline engines of a large variety of makes and sizes and 1 gas engine converted to steam.

Also there were a total of 28 antique cars and 1 truck on display, these were in the antique car parade on Sat. afternoon, the oldest being a 1904 Oldsmobile owned and driven around the show grounds by Mr. Grayson Cooper.

The grand total was 250 pieces of equipment at our 1965 show which made it the largest in our 10 year history. Also we believe our 1965 show had one of the rarest steam engines on display and operating, which was an 1885 Greencastle steam traction engine which is owned, restored and displayed by Mr. Wm. U. Waters Jr., Damascus, Md.

Daniel Boone paid us a visit on Sat. and was much appreciated as he moved around the grounds occasionally firing his Kentucky rifle; he was portrayed by Mr. Erwin Miller of near Red Lion, Pa.

Our steam club erected a fine 30x60 foot building in 1965 to house the equipment that has been donated to the club, for which we wish to thank all those who donated their time, labor and material, also we wish to thank all the people who have donated this equipment.

The Md. Steam Hist. Soc. Inc. wishes to thank all those who helped in any way to make the show the success that it was; especially the members of The Early American Steam Engine and Old Equipment. Soc., Stewartstown, Pa.; The Williams Grove Steam Engine Association, Williams Grove, Pa.; The Rough and Tumble Engineers, Kinzers, Pa. and members of our organization and of any other organizations; then too we say a very hearty thank you for a job well done by all the women who worked so diligently and long in the refreshment and novelty stands, also to the men who helped in the stands; for without the fine cooperation of everyone, exhibitors and helpers alike we could not have put on such a fine show.

The Officers of the Md. Steam Hist. Soc. Inc. wishes to thank all who attended our 1965 show and extend a cordial invitation to be with us again on Sept. 15, 16, 17, and 18, 1966.