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Midwest Old Threshers Reunion

by Terri Keitel

Tags: farm shows, Iowa,

Gunfights in the street, a medicine man show, steam engine whistles, train robbers, threshing … am I in the late 1800s?

Gunfight reenactment during the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion
Gunfight reenactment during the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa.

Nope, it’s the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. It runs over Labor Day weekend every year, and this year the dates were Sept. 3-7, 2009.

  Linda and Bob Crowell
  Linda and Bob Crowell as they work at the
Farm Collector and Gas Engine Magazine tent.

As Farm Collector and Gas Engine Magazine, we set up in a tent at this show. It is always nice to meet so many of our readers, new subscribers and “subscribers from the beginning.” We enjoy when you stop in to say hi, renew your subscription, sign up for prizes or purchase books. Several employees from our office help out in the booth along with Bob and Linda Crowell of Batesville, Ind. They have sold our magazines for many years at various shows. Their knowledge and friendly manner are a welcome addition and we appreciate all their assistance!

Christian Williams performing Songs of the Iron Men  

This year Christian Williams, our associate editor, drew a crowd by singing a few of his tunes he wrote to poems written by the men and women of the glory days of steam farming. His CD “Songs of the Iron Men” can be purchased by visiting the Steam Traction store, and you can preview a song on his blog, The Water Hopper.

Looking down Steam Traction road Horses on a treadmill Maytag washtub spewing suds
Walking down the Steam Traction road you can feel the mist of the steam from the boilers and see the smoke blowing across the field.   Other sights you might see are horses on the treadmill, sorghum making, shingle mill, steam engines running Baker fans and more.   It’s fun walking through the engine area. There are Maytag washtubs spewing bubbles, roasting peanuts, even squirting flowers for the kid in all of us!

The Drive a Tractor area is where kids can try their hand at driving an antique tractor with some supervision. It takes a lot of volunteers and members to put on a show and this one is no exception. The Drive a Tractor area is just one area of many where those volunteers offer their expertise.

Many people stopped by our booth to sign up for the prizes donated by advertisers. We had overalls, shop manuals, toy models, tire paint, a tractor flag, rust lubricator and even tractor tires. Advertisers who donated this year included Klein Brothers Hardware, Penton Media (Clymer), Nixon Auctioneers, M.E. Miler Tire, First Gear, Inc., Wally’s Tractor Hats, SpecCast, Valu-Bilt Tractor Parts, Northco Products, Antique Caterpillar Machinery Owners Club, McCormick USA and Wilson Tire. See our sweepstakes offers online on this website to enter for more prizes.

Last year my parents made the trek from Kansas to see what the talk was all about and enjoyed it so much they returned for this year’s Mt. Pleasant show. Come and see this show or any of the shows all over the country and support the hard-working clubs who make them possible.

See you down the road!