Southeast Old Threshers' Reunion


| November/December 1999



Steam engines

Steam engines at the Southeast Old Threshers Reunion at Denton, North Carolina , June 30-July 4, 1999.

The 1999 Southeast Old Threshers' Reunion held June 30-July 4 was a great success! Visitors came from 25 states and two foreign countries to enjoy the daily activities of the greatest steam, gas, and antique farm machinery show in the southeastern United States.

Advance Rumcly steam tractor owned by Jackie Johnson of Siler City, North Carolina on display at the 29th Annual Southeast Old Threshers' Reunion last summer.

Visitors of the Southeast Old Threshers' Reunion saw many improvements including new paved walkways, 600 seats and larger improved stage in the music hall, a brand new permanent food kitchen, and a nearly complete museum building which will display over 200 antique radios. More tractors and gasoline engines than ever. Close to 500 campers filled the exhibitor woods with their engines and antique parts and trinkets for visitors to explore. People are still amazed at the many items of antique farm machinery and horse demonstrations held at the Reunion each year. Many restored buildings are an attraction at the Reunion, including the restored 'tramping barn' from the pre-Civil War period, restored gas station, general store, church, grist mill, and many other buildings that have been restored over the years. Visitors enjoyed the bluegrass, country and gospel music shows at the Threshers' Reunion.

Children enjoyed a larger children's area this year, with more games and fun along with the popular petting farm and pony rides. The giant Smokey the Bear, sponsored by North Carolina Forestry Service, was back this year entertaining children of all ages. And of course, the Handy Dandy Railroad chugged along the tracks all five days. The annual antique farm machinery auction was held on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. The border collie demonstration by Donald and Dorothy Thomas was again a big crowd pleaser.

Join us next year for the 30th anniversary of the Southeast Old Threshers' Reunion to be held June 30-July 4, 2000. For more information call or write: Denton Farm Park, 1366 Jim Elliott Road, Denton 27239; or email: manager@thresh-ers.com; or visit our website at www.threshers.com or www. eventdirectory.com