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Old Threshers builds first aid pavilion on grounds

Aug 30, 2017
Photo by: Brooks Taylor

By Karyn Spory, Mt. Pleasant News


The Midwest Old Threshers Reunion will have a new feature this year, the Dolores Poulter Wilson Emergency Medical Service Pavilion.

In years past, Old Threshers had medical tents set up on the southside of the reunion grounds. This year, thanks to a grant and public donations, an air-conditioned structure has been built to better assist those in need.

“We’d take people who’d gotten (overheated) in the 100 degree heat and sun and take them to a tent that was 130 degrees and try to cool them off,” said Alan Huisinga, executive director of the Old Threshers Foundation.

Huisinga said the project began when Henry County Health Center Foundation gave Old Threshers a $3,000 grant to put toward a permanent structure. From there, the Old Threshers Foundation grabbed the baton and hit the ground running as Huisinga and the Foundation members work to raise the roughly $55,000 to build the structure. Huisinga said the Foundation is nearing their goal, but even if they don’t meet it by the beginning of the reunion, “we’re still set up that the First Aid Pavilion can be operational.”

The main function of the medical pavilion will be to assist those who have gotten sick or injured on the Reunion grounds. Huisinga said the building will have whatever medical equipment necessary for the EMS members.

What has Huisinga most excited, however, is the mother’s station. The mother’s station will have changing tables, a supply of diapers and wipes as well as space for mothers to feed their infants. Curtains will separate the mother’s station from the first aid portion of the building.

“I think this will be a resource that will be greatly appreciated out on the grounds,” said mom-to-be Josie Thomas, whose family has donated funds for the building. “I think it’s extremely important for the continued success of Midwest Old Threshers to encourage young families to participate in the reunion every year. By providing necessary needs for those young families we can continue to develop the rich tradition of attending the reunion.”

The First Aid Pavilion is located near the Carousel pavilion. The Old Thresher grounds does have four other locations that have baby changing stations.

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