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(Enlarge) Westminster resident Zach Bair rides an antique Farmall tractor during last year’s Steam and Gas Round-Up at the Carroll County Farm Museum. This year’s event, also known as the Westminster Antique Tractor and Engine Show and again hosted by the Mason-Dixon Historical Society, will set up shop at the museum from Friday to Sunday, Sept. 11-13 with parades, rides, music and more. (File photo by Todd Spoth)

What green is to John Deere, yellow, orange and red are to Minneapolis-Moline.

The Minnesota-based tractor manufacturer will be this year's featured "make" at the Mason-Dixon Historical Society's 47th annual Steam and Gas Round-Up, also known as the Westminster Antique Tractor and Engine Show.

But whether it's the big green machines or the yellow ones, they'll all be there for tractor enthusiasts.

"I just enjoy coming out seeing the antique equipment that's in operation still today," said Larry Airing Sr., president of the Mason-Dixon Historical Society.

The event kicks off Thursday, Sept. 10 with an auction and the show begins Friday, Sept. 11 and continues Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 12 and 13, 7 a.m. to dusk each day, at Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center St., Westminster.

The auction starts at 10 a.m. at the museum and features engines, antique equipment and more, Airing said. Proceeds from the auction benefit the society, he said.

"The auction has become large enough where it needs its own day," he said.

The show from Friday to Sunday will feature antique vehicles, a kids' pedal tractor pull, wheat threshing and baling, sawmill operation, flea market, country music and plenty of food.

From noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, there will be country music, featuring Bob Plunkert performing on Sunday.

The event draws an average of 15,000 people each year usually features about 200 pieces of farm machines and equipment coming from all over the United States, Airing said.

Other activities include a slow tractor race and parades on Saturday and Sunday. Antique cars and trucks will parade at 1 p.m., tractors at 2 p.m., and steam engines and tractors at 4 p.m. Admission and parking are free. Call 410-386-3880.


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