Oh, the Fun We Had At The Old Threshers Reunion!


| April/May 2000



Barry Tuller checks Gasoline engine

Midwest Old Threshers 405 E. Threshers Road, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa 52641

The 1999 Old Threshers Reunion reflected a spirit of enthusiasm and cooperation as hundreds of volunteers came together in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, September 2-6, to demonstrate and celebrate the Midwest's agricultural history. The sights and sounds which make up the exhilarating atmosphere at Midwest Old Threshers mark a truly great steam show. Crowds numbering around 120,000 attended the five-day event.

For the uninitiated, it is wise to plan an extended visit to be able to experience all of the activities. One of the reasons people enjoy the Old Threshers Reunion so much is that they can become a part of the action.

'Today, there is a lot of focus on offering interactive experiences for people,' reflected Lennis Moore, Midwest Old Threshers CEO. 'What we have in the Old Threshers Reunion is truly interactive. All of the senses are involved. Visitors can ride the trolleys, trains and steam-powered carousel. They are seeing, hearing, and in some cases even assisting with, the actual early farming practices. People are interacting with the demonstrators and exhibitors asking questions and learning about the equipment and how it was used.'

The year 2000 will bring the 50th anniversary of the Old Threshers Reunion. The event will be held August 31 to September 4 with several special events and commemorative items planned.

The most recent visitor survey showed the Old Threshers Reunion's main attraction to be steam engines. The engines provide power for separators, the full-scale Sears sawmill, the cane press for sorghum-making, and shingle and veneer mills to name a few tasks.