Midwest Old Threshers Reunion – Family Oriented Fun

The Midwest Old Threshers Reunion has something for everyone – gas tractors, steam engines and good ol' fashioned family oriented fun

| September/October 1972

  • The Midwest Central Railroad
    The Midwest Central Railroad takes on another load of passengers at the depot in the north side village.
    Mrs. Leo Turley
  • Midwest Old Threshers Reunion 1972
    The giant steam engine line up on the track in preparation for the daily afternoon Cavalcade of Power at the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa at the 1971 Festival
    Mrs. Leo Turley
  • Vintage Trolley
    Vintage Trolley No. 9 made its initial run at the 1971 Reunion. During the five days of the show, it carried 6,00 passengers. The trolley line is being extended another 1/4 mile to the south this summer, passing more parking and camping areas as it stretches to the site of the log settlement.
    Mrs. Leo Turley

  • The Midwest Central Railroad
  • Midwest Old Threshers Reunion 1972
  • Vintage Trolley

Route 4, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa 52641

During the past year or so as major TV networks have "de-ruralized" their prime-time line-up of shows, those "producers" in the small midwestern community of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa kept pushing ahead with additional attractions for the largest 'cornpone' celebration of its kind anywhere in the world.

The event is not a TV spectacular. It is not a weekly serial. It is just one of the gayest, back-slapping events in the country that is staged once each year for five days. It is the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion in Mt. Pleasant to be held this year August 31st through September 4th.

Added this summer has been the Heritage Museum, which was officially opened Memorial Day and will remain open through the Reunion. It will finish its first run with the closing day of the 23rd annual Reunion. Daily hours are 9 a. m. to 4 p. m.



Friends from throughout the country have stopped by for a visit to see the largest collection of agricultural relics assembled in the 11/4 acre museum-under-roof. Exhibited together have been many of the ancient machines, farm implements, transportation vehicles, the country kitchen, and other vintage artifacts. Although silent during the summer, many of the engines and other machines will be operable during the fall festival.

Old Thresher offerings are family oriented. Entertainment is the kind that does not require a "rating" to help parents decide whether children should attend. In fact, the young are among the greatest and most loyal fans. Young hands can be seen helping on every turn – young visitors can be seen enjoying every minute of their time spent at Old Threshers as they capture a bit of the past witnessing this "scrap of yesteryear."



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