Huge crowds turn out for Old Thresher's Reunion despite rain

Jul. 09, 2013 @ 12:21 PM

DENTON — Glasses at the Southeast Old Thresher's Reunion always seem to be half-full. Given lemons, most people in attendance would find no trouble making lemonade.
So, it should come as no surprise that last week's heavy rains during the 43rd annual Old Thresher's Reunion at Denton FarmPark didn't hamper the festivities very much at all.
"We've had a great time," said Greta Lint, spokesperson for Denton FarmPark. "We found out one thing, rain and mud puddles will make a grown woman back to a kid and they'll go stomping through it. People don't care if it's muddy or if it's wet, it's cool. The cool temperatures have really stimulated a wonderful crowd."
Despite off and on rain showers throughout the first half of the five-day event, thousands of people still turned out to a soggy, but busy trip back in time. Black smoke from 100-year-old farm equipment sprinkled the grey sky as the smell of frying frog legs and livers misted through the crowd. New visitors and families who have been making the Thresher's an annual trip for a generation packed Denton FarmPark last week. An estimated 60,000 people turned out for the Thresher's reunion, where the hustle and bustle of everyday life seems to take a backseat for a much more peaceful time. 
"Here, there's something always going on that is unique and different for our day and time," Lint said. "Our smart phones aren't fast enough, everything in our world isn't fast enough. Maybe we need to slow down and that's what you do here. You take a break from all the hectic life and you relax. Your blood pressure goes down and that's why it's so addicting to come back here."
This year's event featured much of the same attractions as year's past, including the iconic train ride around the park, plenty of arts and crafts and a look at antique farm equipment that was built to last.
Carolyn Ignasiak made the trip to Denton from Florida for the first time to sell fashion jewelry and scarves. 
"I have a friend who does this show and she recommended we come so I did," said Ignasiak. "Considering the weather, there are a lot of people here. I'm pretty sure I'll be back.
Visitors to the event may have left with muddy shoes and dirty feet but not before being exposed to all kinds of fresh food and tasty treats.
"We come about every year," 21-year-old Brooke Edmonds from High Point said. "I like to eat stuff and ride the train. Waling around is just fun."
Edmonds didn't mind the rain either.
"Normally when I come here it's like 95 degrees," said Edmonds. "It was really nice [Wednesday]."

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