Video Production Services of Iowa has produced videotapes of the Midwest Old Settlers and Threshers Reunion since 1986. The Midwest Old Settlers and Threshers Reunion is the largest steam show in the country and annually draws well over 100,000 guests to the 5-day Reunion.
The Old Threshers Reunion features steam traction engines, antique tractors, a log village circa 1850, trolleys, the Midwest Central Railway association, horses, antique cars and trucks, gas engines, stationary steam engines, the largest working craft show in Iowa, and many more attractions and events.
The History of Farming as Preserved and Demonstrated at the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion.
This videotape, produced in 2001, shows how the Old Threshers reunion has preserved and demonstrates farming as it has evolved throughout the years. See antique tractors, steam traction engines, horses and gas engines do much of what they did in on the American farm throughout history. In addition, an explanation and meaning of the static displays at the Old Threshers Reunion are presented by reunion director, Lennis Moore. (2001 -119 minutes)
A Video Scrapbook of the Midwest Old Settlers & Threshers Reunion.
Throughout the years, VPS has filmed numerous "Video Scrapbooks" of the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion. Included on the films are a glimpse of the many, many events and activities which comprise the Reunion each year as well as special events which took place during the particular year of the Scrapbook. Steam traction engines, antique cars and trucks, the Cavalcade of Power, gas engines, crafts, the Midwest Central Railway, the Log Village, Snipe Run, the Midwest Electric Trolley, horses, musical entertainment and the Harvest parade are but a few of the many activities which are shown throughout the program
The "Video Scrapbooks" were filmed during the following years: 1986, 1989, 1992, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2009 2012 and 2015.
The Cavalcade of Power of the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion.
This tape is the complete Cavalcade of Power show at the Midwest Old Settlers and Threshers Reunion. The DVDs include horses, antique cars and trucks, antique tractors and stream traction engines. The Cavalcade of Power were filmed during the following Reunions: 1997, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007. 2009, 2011 and 2013. (Approximate time: 2.5 hours).
Stories, Folklore, Facts, Yarns, Anecdotes, Myths and Other Tall Tales of the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion.
This tape presents some of the tales, myths, anecdotes and humorous stories about the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion as told by those who attend the Reunion. What is the real attendance of the Old Threshers Reunion? What kinds of pranks are played by those operating equipment at the Reunion? Is it really true that alcohol is not allowed at the Reunion? Many interesting and sometimes questionable facts are presented (Approximately 70 minutes - 1996).
The History of the Old Threshers Reunion 1990 - 2010
The history of the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion from 1990 - 2010 is a continuation of the 40-year History DVD and shows the progress and expansion of the Reunion from 1990 to 2010. During this time period, the Reunion has grown with the addition of a steam-powered carousel and carousel pavilion, added interpretive exhibits such as the recently completed Steam Traction Engine display, restored buildings in the Log Village and the addition of the Wright Family Pavilion. In addition, a record number of antique tractor exhibitors and many new activities such as the "Drive a tractor" exhibit. (55 minutes - 2011)
Horse Power at the Old Threshers Reunion.
Horses have provided the power for many farm operations throughout the years. This tape shows the many beautiful horses as they do many of the tasks which have been required of them throughout the years including threshing, baling, powering the sorghum mill, plowing and many other activities. (60 minutes - 1994).
Antique Marvels of the Midwest Old Settlers and Threshers Reunion: Gas Engines.
Explore the hundreds of gas engines on display during the 2011 Midwest Old Threshers Reunion. This DVD features a tour of the gas engine area, interviews with owners and shows many of the engines running and providing work activities. (95 minutes - 2011)
The Antique Cars of the Midwest Old Settlers and Threshers Reunion.
This videotape presents a view of the many antique cars which are on display at the Reunion. Enjoy the beauty of the cars as they parade in the Cavalcade of Power and are displayed in the antique car and truck buildings. An added feature of this tape is a Model-T being assembled from scratch in less than 18 minutes. (58 minutes - 1991).
The Stationary Engine Powerhouse of the Midwest Old Settlers and Threshers Reunion.
The Stationary Steam exhibits at the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion are quickly becoming one of the major attractions and one that has dramatically expanded in size over the past few years. This program gives a view of the exhibits including an explanation of the many types and uses these engines played in the development of power sources throughout the United States. (55 minutes - 1992).
The Steam Traction Engines of the Midwest Old Settlers and Threshers Reunion, Pt. 1.
Over 100 steam traction engines are on display and in operation at the Reunion. This program shows the many types and uses of the steam engines as told by those who run and operate the steam engines. (58 minutes - 1987).
The Steam Traction Engines, Pt. 2, of the Midwest Old Settlers and Threshers Reunion.
This tape provides a brief history and description of the many types of steam traction engines which are operating and on display. Engines are shown performing many tasks for which they were used such as running saw mills, threshing, baling, running a veneer mill and much more. (70 minutes - 1993).
The Antique Tractors of the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion, Vol. 1.
The many types and makes of the over 300 antique tractors which are on display at the Reunion are presented in this program. In addition, the tractors are shown threshing, baling, running saw mills and various other activities such as competing in the popular antique tractor pull. (55 minutes - 1988).
The Antique Tractors of the Midwest Old Settlers and Threshers Reunion, Vol. 2.
Take a stroll down the aisles of the fastest-growing exhibit at the Reunion, the antique tractor area. Learn interesting facts about these unique tractors as well as watch your favorite tractor at the sawmill, plowing, bailing, threshing, running the veneer mill or baker fan, and participating in the antique tractor pull. (65 minutes - 1997).
Professor Farquar's Old Time Medicine Show
More music, magical acts and great stories from the Midwest Old Threshers renowned medicine man. Assisted by Polecat Annie with her juggling expertise, Professor Farquar has entertained thousands throughout the Midwest and is a regular attraction at the Old Threshers Reunion. Certainly one of the most entertaining shows on the Old Threshers grounds. (Running time: 75 minutes)
Narrow Gauge on the Heartland
This program details that many trains and operations of the Midwest Central Railroad at the Old Threshers Reunion. A history of the railroad at Old Threshers is shown as well as an examination of how the steam locomotives operate and the differences between the different locomotives. An exciting program for those interested in early steam powered trains. (Approximate running time: 60 minutes).
Prof. B. T. Farquar: "The Last American Minstrel"
One of the finest individual performers at the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion is Prof. B. T. Farquar and his interpretation of an old-time medicine man show. Songs, stories, magic and the pitching of a magic elixir guaranteed to cure everything from "stinky feet to nagging wives" is all a part of his performance that is captured on this videotape. Filmed during the 1999 Reunion, this tape not only shows several of his performances at the Reunion, but also includes demonstrations on how to do magic tricks as well. (Approximate time: 70 minutes - 1999).
A 40-Year History of the Old Threshers Reunion, Pt. 1
Learn of the history of what has become one of the top 100 attractions in the United States. This program shows rare photographs and film footage and covers the years from the beginning of the Reunion in 1950 to 1990. Includes actual film footage of early day Reunions. (80 minutes - 1990).
The Log Village of the Midwest Old Settlers and Threshers Reunion.
This tape provides a detailed look at the many activities and events which occur at the Log Village. This program provides a truly unique and authentic look at life in the Midwest during the mid-1800's. (55 minutes - 1990).
The Midwest Electric Railway of the Midwest Old Settlers and Threshers Reunion.
Ride along with the volunteers and passengers at the Old Threshers Reunion. Experience a mode of transportation of the past as the many varieties and types of trolleys are shown and explained. (55 minutes - 1991).
The Gas Engines of the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion.
Over 800 gas engines are in operation and on display at the Reunion. This tape shows many of the gas engines and their uses including rock crushing, baling, grinding grain, running various appliances, and running a line shaft. (55 minutes - 1988).
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The Power of Steam as Demonstrated at the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion
This DVD shows why the Reunion has been dubbed “The Greatest Steam Show on Earth.” Areas covered in this program include the steam traction engines, the stationary steam engines, a working steam powered machine shop, a steam powered printing press, the Stanley Steamer car, a steam powered carousel and steam locomotives. Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes. (2014)
Antique Marvels of the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion: Steam Traction Engines
.This program shows the many different types of steam traction engines which are on display at the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion. In this progam, you can learn now a steam engine operates, watch a spark show, a steam engine pull and learn from the engineers. Examples of how steam power was used on the American farm are demonstrated, such as threshing, running saw and sorghum mills, baling, running veneer and shingle mills and many other activities undertaken by the steam traction engine.
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