Eastern Shore Show

Calvin Minner

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Secretary Rt. 2, Box 266, Federalsburg, Maryland 21632

Calvin Minner of Harrington, Delaware, is shown making quart strawberry cups with a machine that his father purchased new around the turn of the century.

The weekend of August 2, 3, 4, 1985 marked the 25th annual show of the Eastern Shore Threshermen and Collectors Association, Inc. With perfect weather, the show turned out to be the biggest and best ever.

Thousands of spectators and hundreds of exhibitors took part in the Silver Anniversary celebration at the show grounds near Federalsburg, Maryland.

Besides the main event of wheat threshing there was shingle sawing with a 100-year-old Lane shingle mill, sawmilling, rock crushing, sawmilling on two miniature sawmills, demonstrations on the Baker fan and dynamometer, strawberry cup making and broom making.

Restored antique tractors and gas engines were abundant along with full-size and model steam engines, antique cars, live steam models and a team of oxen. Over a hundred entries took part in the parades each day.

Along with the many gas engines on display were a drag saw in operation and toy tractor displays. Stained glass demonstrations and display were also featured.

On Smokey Joe, a miniature steam train which is a replica of the Civil War train, the 'General' provided rides for children of all ages.

The Flea Market had over 125 dealers to provide almost anything your imagination desired.

Plenty of good food was available including fried chicken dinners. Free entertainment was provided each evening and 'The Scale Trippers', a barbershop quartet, entertained each afternoon.

James C. Frampton's homemade model steam engine getting ready to thresh wheat with a 100-year-old Ellis Keystone thresher;

C. K. Longenderfer of Millersville, Pennsylvania, displays a steam model that he built. Mr. Longenderfer, 87, has been an exhibitor every year for the past 20 years

Jack Bradshaw of Galestown, Maryland, is shown with his drag saw powered with an Economy gas engine.

Special show books commemorating the show's 25th Anniversary are still available at $5.00 ppd. by contacting the secretary.

The 26th annual show will be held August 1, 2, 3, 1986 on the show grounds located on Route 313 between Denton and Federalsburg, Maryland. Everyone is invited to come and help us make the 1986 show bigger and better than ever before.