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New hands guide old engines at steam show

Event co-founder's son takes over as chair of Smithsburg event

Event co-founder's son takes over as chair of Smithsburg event

September 28, 2006|by TIFFANY ARNOLD

SMITHSBURG - After more than three decades of steam-powered engines, tractors and good ol' Leopard stew, a new generation will take over the Smithsburg Steam Engine & Craft Show.

The 32nd annual Steam Engine & Craft Show is scheduled for this weekend at Smithsburg Community Volunteer Fire Co. grounds. The event is the main fundraiser for the Smithsburg Athletic Booster Club, which raised about $30,000 for Smithsburg High School sports in 2005 - up from the $2,000 the very first steam engine show raised.

Last year, Mike Rohrer, one of the event's founders, announced his plans to step down as the event's chairman. Dan Rishell, whose father also was a founder of the event, will chair this year's steam engine show.

"I graduated from Smithsburg (High School), and now my daughter is a freshman at Smithsburg," Rishell said. "I'm the youngest of eight, and we all went to Smithsburg. It's definitely a family tradition."

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Rishell said this year's event will keep close with old practice, with wheat threshing, straw baling and antique mill demonstrations on both days. There also will be a community tractor parade at 5 p.m. Saturday. Visitors can peruse more than 100 craft and flea market vendors and get their fill of Leopard stew (a nod to Smithsburg sports), as there will be plenty on hand, Rishell said.




If you go ...



WHAT: Smithsburg Steam Engine & Craft Show

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1

WHERE: Smithsburg Community Volunteer Fire Co. grounds, off north Main Street, Smithsburg

COST: Free admission. Donation for parking.

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