1989 Old Threshers Reunion Celebrates Forty Years


| May/June 1990



Barry Tuller

Barry Tuller of Newton, Iowa adjusts one of his engines at the 1989 show.

405 Broadway #5, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa 52641

The 1989 Old Threshers Reunion in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa will go down in history as one of the best ever. Celebrating 40 years of remembering the days of 'steam and glory,'' the folks in Mt. Pleasant 'put on' a reunion that will not soon be forgotten.

Despite a little too much 'dust ' control' (over an inch of rain) the first day, the event was recorded as having the third largest attendance in the history of the organization.

According to the Reunion's organizers, the Old Threshers Association sold 60,433 memberships, a 5.66 percent increase over 1988. Based on the multiple use of the memberships for more than one day of the Reunion, the estimated total attendance for the five day celebration of yesteryear was 135,974. Wow!

Still showing growth and improvements after 40 years, the Old Threshers Reunion shone like its 40 year color of ruby red in the southeast Iowa countryside. Beginning in 1950 with a showing of 15 steam traction engines and 8 separators, the event has grown into the largest historical show of its type celebrating our agricultural heritage. Again, in 1989, there were over 100 operating steam engines on display as well as nearly 900 gasoline engines and over 300 antique tractors.

Music of all kinds filled the air during the 1989 Reunion. (Besides the stack music, of course!) Throughout the grounds a tradition of music from homespun bluegrass and popular country to the old-time folk and gospel music could be heard. The 'big name' entertainment included Lee Greenwood, Ray Stevens, Louise Mandrell and Eddie Rabbitt.