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A slice to say ‘thank you’

Pizza donated to hundreds of volunteers cleaning up OT grounds after Tuesday’s storm
Aug 30, 2018
Photo by: Grace King Nine pizzerias in Mt. Pleasant donated food to Midwest Old Threshers after 400 to 600 volunteers came out to clean up the grounds Wednesday, Aug. 29, from the storm the night before.

By Grace King, Mt. Pleasant News


Between 400 and 600 volunteers cleaning up the Old Threshers grounds on Wednesday, Aug. 29 after the devastating storms the night before were provided a lunch of pizza donated by nine area restaurants.

The storm came the day before Midwest Old Thresher’s annual parade and the ground’s opening event, and the Don Carlson Memorial Horse Pull. The Reunion officially opened today, Thursday, Aug. 30 and will run through Sept. 3.

Breadeux, Casey’s General Store, Costas, Jerry’s Restaurant, Papa George’s, Paul Revere’s, Pepstop, Pizza Hut and Pizza Ranch donated pizzas to feed the volunteers lunch on Wednesday after being contacted by Midwest Old Threshers and the Mt. Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance. Water was donated by Innovairre.

The Reunion will continue as planned, and the storm shouldn’t affect any activities on the grounds this week.

“(There’s) not a whole lot you can do to prepare for Mother Nature if it rains,” said Terry McWilliams, Midwest Old Thresher’s chief executive officer.

Bob Gerdes, the president of Midwest Old Thresher’s board of directors, worked around the carousel Wednesday and assisted in drying out tents. When morning came Wednesday, Gerdes said it was clear there was a lot of damage to the grounds, but even by 9 a.m. that day, everything had changed thanks to the help of volunteers.

Volunteer Clair Mcbride said when he arrived on the grounds Wednesday he didn’t think there was a tent in the campground still standing.

George Eddy, of Centerville, watched the storm come in Tuesday night. A volunteer for 34 years, Eddy had been camping on the grounds this year since Monday, Aug. 27. He spent most of Wednesday picking up tree branches and putting up tents that had been blown down in Tuesday’s storm.

Even students from Iowa Wesleyan University chipped in. Allegr Collette, Miranda Marshall and Grace Thomas, from the IW volleyball team, were out early Wednesday volunteering at Old Threshers, a task that is not new to them, and they were happy to assist in the cleanup, Marshall said.

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