Moore says steps being taken to deal with the heat
By TRISHA PHELPS
Mt. Pleasant News
A little extra heat isn’t going to dampen the spirit of Old Threshers. Lennis Moore, CEO of Old Threshers, said precautions have been made to accommodate people who might be struggling with the heat.
“At the new Welcome Center, we have an air-conditioned room that the EMTs from the hospital use,” said Moore. “We utilize it as a cool down room.”
Any time the temperatures rise, the need for water is also increased and Old Threshers has addressed that issue as well.
“We also make sure that all of our vendors and food vendors have ample supplies of water,” noted Moore. “More importantly, at our headquarters, there is free water available to the public. We encourage people to drink water as much as possible.
“We also make announcements during the day encouraging people to drink water and not coffee,” continued Moore. “Around the grounds there are signs that read ‘Avoid heat injury at Old Threshers. Drink plenty of water, stop and rest.’”
Moore said that even with the heat, attendance hasn’t had a noticeable change.
“We had a pretty decent crowd this morning (Thursday), and obviously in the heat of the day people either leave the grounds or they find somewhere cool to sit and rest. After that they will start to come out as things start to cool down in time for the county music show,” said Moore.
Tonight’s entertainment will be David Kroll and the LoCash Cowboys, performing on the main stage. All country music shows on the main stage begin at 8 p.m.
Saturday, Morgan Frazier and Randy Houser will entertain on the main stage, and Jerrod Niemann wil be performing on Sunday. All country music shows at the Grand Stand are free with the purchase of admission to Old Threshers. One day’s admission is $12, or for the entire reunion is $25. Children 10 and under are admitted for free.
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, a former Mt. Pleasant mayor and Iowa governor, will host a town hall meeting on the farm bill at the Barb Heaton Pavilion on the grounds (405 E. Threshers Rd.) Saturday at 11 a.m.