MIDWEST OLD SETTLERS


| September/October 1966



The Midwest Old Settlers and Threshers Reunion of 1965 was extended from four to five days and for the first time included Sunday and Labor Day holiday activities.

Crowds in numbers never before seen in the sixteen year history came to visit and enjoy this friendly family affair. On Sunday, when weather was ideal, thousands came, some estimated as many as 70,000 people. New parking had to be quickly opened up to handle the parking of cars and additional officers to handle traffic on the highways were summoned.

Visitors rode the narrow gauge train, and watched grain threshed, lumber sawed and sorghum made.

Still a popular event of the Reunion is the huge 'Cavalcade of Power' which features all shapes and sizes of steam engines pass in review. Thousands of people view this part of the show from the amphitheatre and along the lengthy parade route.

Each year the Old Thresher's Week highlights some historical event. For two years Civil War Centennial Pageants were featured and played to overflow crowds. The recent Chautauquas have been very successful and many see the nightly shows.

In 1965, a historical presentation entitled, 'When American Took to the Road', was presented by the Southeast Iowa Antique Car Club. The cars were the stars of the show and the production was a fast-moving, laugh-provoking production, yet carried a third dimension of an important historical era.