Old Thresher's Reunion at Mount Pleasant, Iowa


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This last weekend I had the good fortune to head up to Mt. Pleasant, Iowa for the annual Mt. Pleasant Old Threshers’ Reunion. It was, without a doubt, one of the coolest festivals I’ve ever been to – with more old iron than you could shake a stick at. 

 Rainy Drive to Mount Pleasant 

The drive there was a little rainy, due to the tattered remnants of Hurricane Isaac blowing up through the Midwest, and though it rained a bit on Saturday, Sunday and Monday were beautiful.These wonderful folks all came out of the woodwork on Labor Day weekend, bringing with them treasures, carefully restored and maintained pieces of our heritage, to relax with one another and share their stories and their engines with one another, and with anyone who comes to experience the charm of a simpler era.

Field of Allis Chalmers Tractors   

There were tractors lined up literally as far as the eye could see – Allis Chalmers were this year’s featured tractor, but there were hundreds of examples of Deere, IHC and Case as well, not to mention the myriad of rare and awesome old machines from smaller companies. 

Rare old 1919 Allis Chalmers 

Chuck Mallory
9/26/2012 1:10:46 PM

This brought back memories of going to the Old Threshers festival in Paris, Missouri, when I was a kid. Great photos. By the way, I saw one of those 1919 Allis Chalmers tractors once and was told that you didn't "sit" on that bar per se. The driver did straddle it, but put his feet on that horizontal bar closer to the ground. Interesting that even without horses, maybe the company was reluctant to make the plowing look too "relaxing" with a sit-back seat.

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