As sure as corn needs some rain if it’s to grow, as sure as
night follows the day, it rains when Paublo Agricultural Museum
holds its Annual Thresherman’s Reunion. Whether it was by
accident or because the Museum directors and members deserved a
better fate, we don’t know, but the heavy rain did hold off
long enough to allow the 3rd Annual Reunion to be the most
successful the Museum has enjoyed.
A large crowd attended the shows and pretty much assured the
reunion’s success before the rains came on Sunday to bring
things pretty much to a halt. The crowds enjoyed seeing farm life
out of the past come to life right before their eyes. Many
demonstrations such as Threshing, Steam Engine Shows, Horse and
Antique Tractor Plowing, Saw Milling, Shingle Milling, Grist
Milling, Broom Making, Rope Making, Baker Fan, Rock Crushing, Straw
Bailing, Tomahawk Throwing, Horseshoe Pitching, Gas Engines,
Antique Cars, Antique Tractor Pulls, Arts and Crafts and Flea
Markets. The Antique Museum Building has many exhibits which always
draw a lot of attention. As one man said, ‘Where else could you
go and see a 1913 Avery pull a six-bottom plow? ‘The answer is
There was a lot to see and enjoy and the approval of those
attending was obvious. The tireless efforts of the Museum’s
various committees in putting together and preparing for the many
activities was also quite obvious.
The eats and evening entertainment available on the grounds were
surely enjoyed. Fresh corn on the cob, served by the Blue Mound
Rotary Club, seemed to be a natural for such an event.
The camping facilities on the P. A. M. grounds were enjoyed by
many people from far and near.
The Antique Tractor Pull drew a lot of attention, as was
expected. Tractors newer than 1958 models were not allowed. Two
major divisions were tractors newer than 1939 and those older than
Since the Museum has started having its Thresherman’s
Reunions, surely local farmers can rest a little easier. Even the
thought of a drought is enough to make the toughest farmer cringe,
but just knowing that P. A. M. will hold its Reunion in late July
seems to give assurance that rain will come at this usually
critical time for the corn crop. The first P. A. M. Reunion in 1979
ended a drought, and the way they are going, we should have rain in
late July for a long time to come.