The Gas Engine Area at the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion

Featuring an assortment of engines, the Gas Engine Area at the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion has something for everyone

| May 1986

Route 3, Box 78, Mount Pleasant, Iowa 52641

Sunshine and warm temperatures with no rain were enjoyed by all at the annual Old Threshers Reunion in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, on August 29 through September 2, 1985. The gas engine area is located in the north part of McMillan Park which is part of the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion grounds. The gas engine area is nestled between the large food tents and the Grandstand (where the Cavalcade of Power and Country Music can be seen daily) and the North Village, where the sheriff and his men hunt down the bank and train robbers. The gunfights thrill the large crowds. To the west is the Antique Car Building, which has many authentic antique cars and trucks.

The first gas engine exhibits of about 20-25 engines were displayed at the 1959 Reunion. In 1985, the largest number of gas engines ever was displayed at Old Threshers. Gas Engine Headquarters registered 247 exhibitors from Iowa and seven other states. These exhibitors brought in 651 engines – an approximate increase over 1984 of 100 engines.

This is one of the fastest growing areas at the Reunion. Most of the exhibitors and their families come to the Reunion with campers where it is a great time to renew old friendships that have lasted for many years.

There is always action in the Gas Engine area with many engines operating saws, corn shellers, corn grinders, a rock crusher and electrical generators generating electricity. There is also the farm powerhouse with a 5 horsepower separator, bread crumber, water pump, butter churn, corn sheller, mill and grain cleaner.

A new exhibit with a gas engine operating a line shaft belted to blacksmith equipment (drill, grinder, metal former, brake etc.) was at the 1985 show. Also, a 1/3 scale Ann Arbor baler, which was very popular with many people standing in line to buy a miniature bale of straw, was exhibited by Donald King of East Moline, Illinois. There are many other very nice exhibits brought in by their proud owners who always have some tall tales to tell about their trying times finding parts, etc.