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'Tractors on parade at the Old Threshers Reunion in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. '
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How it suddenly came to be late spring is beyond me. I thought
it was just yesterday that I was getting ready to start the new
year, yet here I am, frantically trying to finalize plans for all
the engine shows I want to hit this year. And the frustrating thing
is, I can’t make ’em all.

One show I won’t miss is the 55th Annual Midwest Old Threshers
Reunion at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, Sept. 1-5. And I won’t be alone,
because this year we’re planning on having most of the staff from
Gas Engine Magazine and sister publications Farm
and Steam Traction on hand for the

So what’s the big occasion? Well, for starters Mt. Pleasant is
arguably one of the biggest and best farm shows in the country,
featuring a dizzying array of engines, tractors and steam traction
engines – not to mention the hundreds of other displays scattered
around the grounds.

This year’s reunion also represents our first appearance as an
official sponsor of the show, and we’re more than a little excited
about climbing on board and working together with the great folks
at Mt. Pleasant.

With our tent set up right across from the official Mt. Pleasant
information booth, we’ll be hard to miss, and we’re looking forward
to visiting with readers who make the trek to Iowa. So look for our
banners, stop by, take a break and visit for a bit – we’re looking
forward to seeing you.

For show information, check the Farm Collector Show
or contact the Midwest Old Threshers at; (319)
385-8937; info@oldthreshers.org or

Taking a Break

Regular readers will no doubt notice the absence this issue of
Harry Matthew’s regular infusion of conversation from his online
forum SmokStak (www.smokstak.com), which has been a standard
feature in GEM for the past four years.

Those of you who know Harry also know how busy he stays keeping
the various forums he hosts working smoothly. Harry’s put an
enormous amount of energy into the hobby with his websites, and
this summer he’s decided to make his life a little easier by
letting loose of a few tasks, among them supplying our monthly
injection of conversation from the SmokStak forum. Too bad for us,
but good for Harry, and with any luck we’ll have him back at the
conclusion of the show season.

Richard Backus


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