Volunteers step up; ‘different’ Old Threshers doesn’t miss a beat
MT. PLEASANT — The Midwest Old Threshers Reunion strives to bring something new or different to the table each year for its annual visitors, and this year is no exception.
“One of the biggest things people are going to find this year,” said Terry McWilliams, public relations and marketing director for Old Threshers, “is that this year we have moved all of the vendors that have been in the north by the log village to down south of the museums, near the craft vendors and the trading post.”
The current location of the vendors at this year’s reunion was the previous location of the kids area. The kids area, according to McWilliams, has moved to an area more likely to attract children and a younger crowd.
“We picked up the kid area that had the drive-a-tractor, pony rides, sandbox and the kids performance tent and we put it up north by the train and the North Village gun slingers and saloon girls,” said McWilliams.
One major change for the reunion this year is the absence of Lennis Moore, Midwest Old Threshers CEO, who passed away earlier this summer.
“It was a lot different this year with the preparations, obviously with the changes in our staff and the passing of Lennis Moore this summer,” said McWilliams. “The staff at Old Threshers picked up a lot of extra duties and things this summer, but we really do rely on volunteers.
“We can’t run this place without volunteers,” McWilliams continued. “A lot of nice folks stepped up to take on extra responsibilities and helped out. It has been a little more challenging this season to get everything done, but with the help of everybody we are done and we are here.”
Every year a point of pride for the reunion is the ability to put on a great show at a low cost, and that is one part of Old Threshers that will not change.
“Obviously we have the great entertainment on stage each of our nights,” said McWilliams. “I still feel that we have the best and the most affordable entertainment around. A five-day wrist band is only $25, which makes it $5 per day and that includes grandstand entertainment.
“One day admission is only $12,” continued McWilliams. “People could technically see Craig Morgan for $12. I’m just not sure you could do that anywhere else.”
With the changes that have occurred, one thing is for sure, the Old Threshers experience is here to stay.
“We are going to do what we always do and put on a great reunion,” said McWilliams. “We welcome people here from not only Henry County but all over the United States who come here and see what we have to offer. It wouldn’t be possible without the volunteers who work out here, churches and civic groups who make all of the great food and all of the folks who bring things in to help make this a great show.”