'92 Midwest Reunion Review

| March/April 1993

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

Despite forecasts predicting scattered thunderstorms and some actual rainfall, the 1992 Old Threshers Reunion, in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, was very successful. Crowds were only slightly below the event's last year's average.

An early summer fire that destroyed a storage building filled with reunion-related equipment and materials left association officials concerned as to whether materials could be replaced in time for the annual event. But with the help of Old Threshers' dedicated staff and many volunteers, all reunion areas were in full operation. Volunteer support focused in many areas with construction of all screening panels used by food groups, assembling oak gates for use in the horse barns, the building of a food concession building, and the donation of time and equipment. In addition, many area individuals donated used appliances, and the Iowa Franchise Association donated many pieces of commercial equipment to the organization.

Every year during the Old Threshers Reunion in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, those people who have died and were an important part of the Midwest Old Settlers and Threshers Association are memorialized in front of the Grandstand during a special ceremony using select steam traction engines. (Photo by Jim Adams.)

'Old Threshers has always touted a strong volunteer resource, but this year proved the actual potential of our volunteers,' said administrator Lennis Moore. 'It seemed like no project was too small. Every project had ample numbers of people ready, willing and able to roll up their sleeves and get the task completed. Old Threshers realized a dramatic increase in an already strong volunteer support group with many new faces added to the roster. This carried over to the reunion with increased support in all areas,' Moore continued.

All main exhibit areas witnessed an increase in the quality of exhibited units. The traction steam area developed some new ideas and better organized existing demonstrations. The stationary steam area continued to expand its lectures and demonstrations while many volunteers were videotaped as they recalled their earlier involvement with steam power houses.