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Parade ushers in Old Threshers spirit

Aug 31, 2017
Photo by: Grace King The Midwest Old Threshers Reunion officially kicked off Wednesday, Aug. 30, with the Harvest Parade. Although the parade didn’t begin making its way down East Washington Street until 3:30 p.m., spectators began lining up their lawn chairs well before noon. This year’s Grand Marshall was Frosty Hermanstorfer.

By Grace King, Mt. Pleasant News


As the first cars rounded the corner, Harvest day parade-watchers stood up from the street curb, folding chairs and bleachers they had been sitting on.

The parade, which went down East Washington St. on Wednesday, Aug. 30, is the first scheduled event kicking off the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion, ushering in the much-anticipated tractors and steam engines.

Kathy and Bob Leitz from Duluth, Minn. were particularly excited to see the old cars.

“We grew up listening to those ‘putt-putt’ engines when we were here in the ‘60s,” Bob said, who used to be an English teacher at Mt. Pleasant High School. Although the Leitz’ have visited Mt. Pleasant since they moved away in 1974, this is the first Old Threshers they’ve attended since then.

This year, their son drove an old Hudson car, which Bob said had been in the family for 60 years and which was restored right here in Mt. Pleasant.

While the old cars going down the street brought back fond memories for Bob and Kathy, here was no one favorite part for parade-watchers on Wednesday.

Tuck and Jennifer Reid, of Burlington, were there to see the tractors and steam engines.

Brighton resident Lindy Glatch said that she was always excited to see the horses.

“They put on a good parade,” Glatch said, who comes out to Old Threshers every year. “It’s great.”

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