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

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."