R.D. 2, Hanover, Penna.
The 8th Annual Steam Show of the Maryland Steam Historical Society, Inc. held September 19, 20, 21, 1963 is now history. Our permanent show place is the Arcadia Exposition Grounds, Upper co (Arcadia) Maryland.
We are more than pleased with this excellent location on which our 1963 show was held.
Raising the flag, playing the National Anthem, invocation and address of welcome was the order of each day. Fine weather prevailed until Saturday afternoon around 4 P.M. when it began to rain and this, of course, scattered the attendance for the remainder of the evening. From our register we note that folks from six states of the Union attended. Many favorable comments were expressed from the crowds that gathered each d a y to witness the old implements of yesteryear being put through their paces again as we engaged in sawmilling, shingle sawing, Baker fan exercise, threshing; also, using steam engines to draw wagons hauling folks around the grounds.
Another special feature was a steam calliope made and owned by Mr. Joah Getz of East Petersburg, Pennsylvania and played during Friday and Saturday by Mrs. Lorena Miller of Lewisberry, Pennsylvania to the enjoyment of all who attended.
Twenty one antique autos were on display and paraded during Saturday. Also steam engines, oil pull tractors were paraded at least once each day of the show.
Members of the Baltimore 'Sky Divers' Club arrived over the show area at exactly 7 P.M. on Friday evening and 2 of the 'Sky Divers' parachuted down into the show area from a height of approximately 7000 feet altitude, to the delight of the spectators.
The 2nd. Maryland Artillery, Balt. Light C.S.A. was again featured with a display of Civil War weapons and fired at intervals an anthentic 12 lbs. cannon, also muskets.
There were 72 gas engines displayed and in operation at various times, and steam models in abundance were in constant operation.
The highlight of the show this year was a pageant entitled 'The History of Harvest.' This pageant was rendered on Friday night at 8:15 and portrayed America's progress from the grain cradle era when the harvest was cut by cradle and the grain sheaves were bound by hand, on through the various stages of harvesting and threshing of grain to the present day combines of 1963. Threshing by flail, by the early shaker separator, by the drag carrier separator a n d by the self-feeder blower type of threshing machines were enacted during the pageant. Romance from the horse and buggy era down to the most modern auto was woven into the pageant in a very delightful manner.
The pageant concluded with the passing in review of a farm family starting on a trip to Florida after the harvest, portraying the fact that present day farmers do have time for enjoyment too with the help of all our modern machinery which has brought us so much progress since the grain cradle age.
The script for the pageant was very well adapted and narrated by Mrs. Jess Krajovic of Upper co, Maryland. Mrs. Krajovic was assisted by Mr. W. J. Eshleman of Lancaster, Pennsylvania during the rendition of the pageant.
Musical entertainment Thursday night was provided by the Maryland 'Night Hawks' and on Friday and Saturday nights by the famous 'Alesia' Band with Mr. Norman Myers of Westminster, Maryland as director.
We want to thank all who attended our 1963 Show and who have helped to make it a splendid success. We also want to invite you back for next years show. The date is September 17, 18, 19, 1964.