Old Threshers Reunion
in Mt Pleasant Iowa

by DJ / Pat Stamp

Pat & I recently returned from the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. It runs 5 days & ends on Labor Day although we are so busy it seems like we were there a day & it’s all over.

We get our tickets early & a 5 day wristband is only $20. Camping with electricity is only $15/day – a little more if you need 30/50 amp.  The camping area is huge with 1,500 spaces. There are regular ground trains to take you to the fairgrounds.   I encourage you to go online & view some of the videos. This event includes: music, early American culture in the log village & North village, antique cars, antique tractors, antique garden tractors, hit & miss gas engines, steam tractors, scale steam tractors, stationary steam power systems, antique trolley cars, steam trains, antique trucks, antique printing presses, early American museum, doll museum, antique trolley system, antique dealers, swap meet area, arts & crafts dealers, horse, steam & tractor powered demonstrations such as threshing, saw mill, veneer mill, shake mill & more. It’s fun to watch a horse on a treadmill power a big saw!!  There’s also a big parade every day on the grounds of all the different types of mobile power – it takes around 2 hours. And there’s no mistaking when noon arrives with all the steam whistles!! With all of the sights, sounds & smells there is just a lot to take in. And it’s not just me – Pat loves it too – just ask her!!

We usually arrive a few days early to get a good camping spot. We bring bikes & ride into town. Never a shortage of things to do as there are city wide garage sales, the town square is full of all sorts of dealers (that’s where we get our salsa), antique shows & it’s just a very pretty little town to ride around in. One person collects 1959 automobiles & always has them on display around his Victorian home on a corner lot on the main street.  The parade in town on Wednesday signals the official start to Threshers & it’s always entertaining. Once it starts we rarely cook as all of the local churches have food booths set up on the grounds & it’s all good.  Our schedule is usually determined by which bluegrass band is playing where. Although the wristband gives us admission to the grandstand where the latest country musicians are playing in the evening we usually end up in the log village at the other end of the grounds listening to old time music on the porch of a log cabin. The grandstand shows are WAY TOO LOUD!! There is a firework display on Thursday night & spark shows by the steam engines on most evenings. There’s also dancing in the barn that is popular.  So if you don’t like to have fun then don’t go!!