Iowans can learn about the state’s agricultural heritage at the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion, which opened this morning in the southeastern Iowa town of Mount Pleasant. Terry McWilliams is spokesman for the 54th annual event which he says features an unmatched collection of working farm implements from decades past. The show features steam engines, antique gas tractors, gas engines, cars and trucks, steam-powered trains, an electric trolley system and horse and buggy. One of the big draws is the namesake — steam-powered threshing machines that are still very much operable. McWilliams says it’s a place where the old folks gather to reminisce and where the young are educated. McWilliams says it’s important that this way of life is preserved for future generations. He says the ag heritage has change tremendously over the years and they want everyone to remember what it was like doing it the old fashioned way. The reunion runs daily through Labor Day. For more information, surf to “www.oldthreshers.com”.
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