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Groups working to find alternatives for canceled Old Threshers Reunion

Community organizations discussed potential plans for alternative activities in light of the cancelation of the 2020 Midwest Old Threshers Reunion. (Gazette file photo)
Community organizations discussed potential plans for alternative activities in light of the cancelation of the 2020 Midwest Old Threshers Reunion. (Gazette file photo)

MT. PLEASANT — The Mt. Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance, Midwest Old Threshers and Iowa Wesleyan University are looking at alternative activities in light of the recent cancellation of the annual Reunion.

Chamber executive Vice President Kristi Ray, said the three entities are hoping to keep the town’s morale up while respecting concerns around gatherings. Ray, who met with Midwest Old Threshers CEO Terry McWilliams, Iowa Wesleyan Vice President of Enrollment and Marketing Meg Richtman, said discussions are ongoing about how to move forward.

“We won’t have any events that would entail people gathering together,” Ray said. “The more we talked, we decided we didn’t want to get back to planning things where people are gathering.”

Although big events are out of the question, Ray mentioned the group discussed potentially having some sidewalk sales and encouraging garage sales. The executive vice president added the Chamber intends to survey local businesses about any activities they would be interested in trying or partaking in.

“That’s what we’re trying to figure out — things that doesn’t involve everyone getting together in one space. Nothing has decided as far as what that will be,” Ray added.

Ultimately, discussions about how to move forward were focused for 2021 when “everything will be safer.”