Aug. 28-31, Midwest Old Threshers Reunion, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. Aug. 28: Leroy VanDyke, Gene Watson, Charley Rich Jr. and Rex Allan Jr.;

Aug. 29: Jason Michael Carroll;

Aug. 30: Little Big Town;

Aug. 31: Mark Chestnut.

Free with paid gate admission.  $12 Daily, $20 for 5 Day Pass



Per CNN-Money.com……
Case Donates Loader/Backhoe to Railroad Preservation Group
Case Gift Reduces Need for Volunteer Labor for Track Maintenance
Case Construction Equipment has donated a Case 590 Super M Series 2 loader/backhoe to the Midwest Central Railroad (MCRR), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving the nation’s railroad heritage.

“We will use the loader/backhoe primarily for track repair and rebuilding projects,” said Matthew Crull, president of MCRR. With volunteer labor risking sore backs when working by hand, Crull stated that they can replace two or three ties in a day. “With the Case loader/backhoe, we should be able to replace up to 100 ties per day,” he said.

According to Crull, the timing of the donation is significant because the railroad plans to perform a total tear out and replacement of the eastern half of the track next spring. The project will involve moving many tons of dirt and rock, as well as replacing the thousands of railroad ties. When completed, the restored section should last 15 to 20 years.

MCRR owns a fleet of steam locomotives and rolling stock that it operates along a circular track approximately 1.25 miles long. The railroad is located in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, about 30 miles from the Case Burlington plant where Case loader/backhoes are manufactured. The donated machine came from the Burlington plant.

The railroad is open to the public as a working museum that holds several events each year. The biggest is the annual Old Thresher’s Reunion, an educational gathering held every August that includes demonstrations of antique farming equipment. Among the highlights are the restored Case steam-powered threshers that served as a mainstay of American agriculture during the early years of the industrial age. Case also will display a 580 Super M Series 3 loader/backhoe, the newest generation of this versatile machine.

Approximately 35,000 to 40,000 people visit MCRR each year. It is administered, operated and maintained by an all volunteer group.

“Case is proud to support the hard work of the many volunteers who serve the Midwest Central Railroad,” said Jim Hasler, vice president, Case Construction Equipment, North America. “Their preservation of steam-powered equipment is consistent with our own commitment to conserve America’s industrial and agricultural heritage for future generations.”

The donated Case loader/backhoe is equipped with four-wheel drive and ExtendahoeTM along with the standard loader and backhoe buckets.

Case Construction Equipment sells and supports a full line of construction equipment around the world, including the No. 1 loader/backhoes, articulated trucks, excavators, motor graders, wheel loaders, vibratory compaction rollers, crawler dozers, skid steers, compact track loaders and rough-terrain forklifts. Through Case dealers, customers have access to a true professional partner–with world-class equipment and aftermarket support, industry-leading warranties and flexible financing. More information is available at www.casece.com. Case is a division of CNH Global N.V. (NYSE: CNH), a majority-owned subsidiary of Fiat S.p.A. (FIA.MI).

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World’s Largest 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament to Make Stop in Mount Pleasant, IA – Player Registration Deadline Extended through Monday, July 21



Mt. Pleasant, IA (Tuesday, July 15, 2008) –  The Henry County Convention and Visitors Bureau is pleased to announce that the World’s Largest 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament has extended the team online registration deadline for Iowa’s Gus Macker to midnight on Monday, July 21.  Iowa’s Gus Macker 3-on-3 basketball tournament will be held in Mt. Pleasant August 2 & 3.  Teams may also hand deliver their registration forms to the Henry County Convention &Visitors Bureau and to the City of Mt. Pleasant Park & Rec. Department in Mt. Pleasant.  Teams may also mail in their registration forms but they must be received by Monday, July 21.


The MACKER will be making its third trip to Mt Pleasant and will be held around the historic downtown square. 


“This is not your typical 3-on-3 basketball tournament.  The MACKER is a family basketball festival that’s really youth oriented,” said Eric Rawson, Executive to the Henry County CVB.  “If you have children who enjoy playing basketball or just enjoy shooting baskets, you should treat them to a Gus Macker tournament.”


Last year, the MACKER hosted over 90,000 players and nearly 1.7 million viewers in 55 cities.  Over $3 million has been raised for various local charities through Gus Macker Tournaments the past five years. 


Whether you’re just a beginner, seasoned pro, a weekend warrior, or an ageless amateur, the MACKER is for you!


 “It’s a game anyone can play, young or old, male or female, and at any experience level,” said Rawson. “You don’t have to play organized basketball to play in the MACKER.”

   Participation in:

Entry fee is $116 (mail in) or $122 (online) per team of four.  Teams will be guaranteed three games with the MACKER’s “Toilet Bowl” championship for those that drop their first two games.  Teams will walk away with tournament t-shirts and the opportunity to win trophies, as well as an invitation to the National Championships.  In addition to the MACKER tournament, there will be Slam Dunk Contest and Three Point Shootout.


You can get more information and sign-up your team on the official MACKER website – www.macker.com .  There are male and female divisions, as well as junior divisions for kids ages 10 and under, 11-12, 13-14, 15-16 and 17-18, plus the highly competitive open division. 


If you have any questions or comments or would like more information about the Gus Macker, please call the Henry County Convention and Visitors Bureau at 319-385-2460, 127 North Main, Mt. Pleasant, IA 52641

Iowa’s only Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament held August 2-3 in Mount Pleasant, Iowa is accepting mail-in and online registrations.  The early registration deadlines are July 11 and 14. 

This is the third consecutive year the Gus Macker will be held in Mount Pleasant, located in the southeast corner of the state at the intersections of hwy 218 and hwy 34.

“We have a great tournament site that is very easy to get to,” said local organizer Eric Rawson. “We are less than a tank of gas from Quincy, IL and Cedar Rapids, IA – two areas we like to see teams draw from.”

Last year’s tournament brought in teams from seven different states.  Local organizers are looking to build on the previous two years.

“We are still a young tournament with growing excitement,” said Rawson. “We feel this year’s tournament will be the best yet.”

Mount Pleasant’s Macker will include division of all ages and skill levels, along with a Dunk Contest, Three Point Contest, Free Throw Contest and a Spot Shooting Contest.  New for 2008 is the Mount Pleasant Corporate Division.

For more information, call 800-421-4282 or online at http://www.macker.com/mackertown/MtPleasant_IA/

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Video of the some train footage in Mount Pleasant on the grounds of Midwest Old Threshers.  Midwest Central Railroad puts on two seasonal events, other than the one during Old Threshers, with a Ghost Train in October and a North Pole Express in December.

Midwest Haunted Rails (October)

Midwest Haunted Rails offers ghostly rides on a steam-powered train and trolley, a haunted house, children’s activities, and a wide variety of foods and snacks.  This event is perfect for all ages!  For more information visit http://www.oldthresehrs.org or www.mcrr.org.


North Pole Express (December)

North Pole Express brings the classic children’s story book, The Polar Express, to life.  Take a magical train ride to the North Pole for activities, cookies and cocoa, and a visit with Santa.  A perfect family event for the holiday season!  For more information visit http://www.mcrr.org.


Mt. Pleasant is one of the 40 most beautiful communities in Iowa, according to a list released by the Keep Iowa Beautiful organization.

* Man-made features such as buildings, streets, landscaping, signage and community layout
* Physical geography, like topography, trees, bodies of water and unique features

Less visual factors were not evaluated: neither economy, nor cultural opportunities, nor crime rate nor educational levels.