FarmPark features a bit of American history

Continues through July 6
Jul. 02, 2013 @ 12:57 PM

The 43rd annual Southeast Old Thresher's Reunion returns to Denton FarmPark, 1072 Cranford Road, today (July 2) for a five-day event featuring antique farm equipment, bluegrass music and a steam engine train that travels through the heart of a old-fashion festival.

Thousands of visitors from across the Southeast come to Denton FarmPark every year for this annual event that showcases what life was like before TV, electricity and other modern luxuries became commonplace in today's society. 

Steam-engined saws tear through trees like butter. Blacksmiths forge iron by hot flames as sewers spin quits and tapestries using hand-cranked machines. Visitors stroll through a makeshift town renovated with 15 restored county buildings for a nostalgic trip to a much simpler time in American history.

Demonstrations are held daily with a little something for everyone. This year's event features "coon jumping" for the first time where mules compete in a jumping competition. The Thresher's Reunion offers plenty of arts and crafts, as well as rare farm equipment parts and accessories.

Trips on the Handy Dandy steam engine also may end with an old-fashion robbery for those unlucky enough to be aboard when bandits hop on. Gospel and bluegrass live music will be heard throughout the day at the largest steam, gas and antique farm machinery event in the southeastern United States.

Admission is $14 for adults and $6 for children under 12. Pre-school children get in free Camping is available.

Anyone who needs a scooter, stroller or wheelchair for the event may call 287-7715.

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Staff Writer Eliot Duke can be reached at 888-3578l, or