Steam Show Days to keep chugging on

November 30, 1993

The Mason-Dixon Historical Society and the Carroll County Farm Museum have entered into a 20-year agreement that will ensure the continuation of the 30-year-old annual Steam Show Days.

The three-day event, held in September at the Farm Museum and sponsored by the Mason-Dixon group, features displays of antique farm machinery and engines as well as demonstrations of old-time farm activities, such as threshing wheat and grinding corn meal.

As part of the agreement, the society turned over to the county Department of Recreation and Parks four buildings that the society owned at the Farm Museum.

In turn, the county leased the buildings back to the Mason-Dixon Historical Society for $1 a year.

"The buildings were taken under county ownership in case the Historical Society should ever dissolve," said Richard Soisson, director of Recreation and Parks. "The Historical Society can still use the buildings, but now won't have to worry about maintenance."

The Mason-Dixon group also is eligible for Recreation and Parks self-help funds, which are allocated to groups for projects on county property, he added.

Dottie Freeman, marketing specialist for the Farm Museum, said it didn't use the Mason-Dixon buildings, though they were on museum property.

"They were used by the Historical Society to sell food and keep things in during the steam shows," Mrs. Freeman said. "It was a unique situation but now has been put the way it should be, because if the society left, we wouldn't have control [over the buildings]."

The Mason-Dixon Historical Society was formed 30 years ago as a nonprofit organization for the collection and preservation of tractors, steam and gas engines, farm equipment and tools and exhibiting them in working situations to the public.

Since its inception, the society has conducted its Steam Show Days at the Farm Museum.

For information on the Mason-Dixon Historical Society, call Chuck Knight, 833-8370, or the Farm Museum, 848-7775.

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