Celebrating 45 Years of the Greatest Steam, Gas Engine &
Antique Farm Show in the Southeast
By Caron Myers
45th year, the Southeast Old Threshers’ Reunion returns to the 170-acre park in southern Davidson County owned by Brown
Loflin and the Loflin family. This year, the reunion features all things CATERPILLAR, with the CATERPILLAR CRAWL!
Caterpillar collectors from around the country will bring their wares – collectable items made by CATERPILLAR - to
buy sell or trade.
To kick off this year’s event, we will have
a TRACTOR RIDE on Monday, June 29th at 9a.m. which will go through Denton and near High Rock Lake, before circling back
to the FarmPark. At noon, the tractor riders will eat lunch at THE CLASSIC RESTAURANT and be part of a presentation by the
Town of Denton to Brown Loflin for providing 45 years of entertainment through the events held at the Denton FarmPark. Proceeds
from the TRACTOR RIDE will benefit the FIREFIGHTER’S BURNED CHILDREN’S FUND, orchestrated by Callan Loflin,
a Duke University student and Denton native. An auction featuring NASCAR memorabilia and farm collectibles will be held
on Tuesday, June 30th at 6 p.m. at the FarmPark.
This year, we will
celebrate what started the Thresher’s Reunion, which was the fly-in, with an antique plane on display. This year, there
will also have a MAYBERRY TRIBUTE DAY, with the whole “cast of characters” in attendance. Of course, the
Myers’ Garage, which pays tribute to Bobby Myers, a popular pioneer in the sport of stock car racing who lost his
life at a young age in 1957 while driving for Lee Petty, Richard Petty’s father, in the Southern 500 in Darlington,
SC. His son, the legendary Danny “Chocolate” Myers of Richard Childress Racing fame, has one of his father’s
original cars that he raced at many of the tracks around the Southeast. Brown Loflin, who used to race himself with
Bobby Myers, built the garage as a replica of what Bobby Myers’ garage looked like in the 1950s and Chocolate Myers
has worked to restore it like his father had it.
As always, the Threshers’
Reunion will display several rows of antique farm equipment amid the 15 restored buildings that Loflin salvaged from neighboring
communities. The Handy Dandy Railroad will provide ride for children and adults alike around the park. Vendors will
be on hand to offer crafts – everything from handmade jewelry to knives. There are also plenty of food vendors on
hand with popular delicacies like funnel cakes, pinto beans, chicken pies and the most popular Poppin’ John Homemade
Ice Cream – ice cream churned by a hit-and-miss engine.
Thomas’ Famous Border Collies will perform the sheep herding farm demonstrations at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. each day.
United Country Auction House will take in antiques for selling from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 29th to July 2nd. Then, at 9
a.m. on July 3rd, an antique consignment auction will take place on the grounds. See www.rogersauction.com for more details.
While attending the Southeast Old Threshers’ Reunion, get the 2015 Threshers’ Reunion Post Office Cancellation
at the General Store.
On the music front, each day provide news sights
and sounds. Tuesday, June 30th, it’s THE CHURCHMEN at 2 p.m., followed by the Talent Contest at 6:30 and then the
Threshers’ Queen Pageant at 7:30 p.m. On Wednesday, July 1st, it’s TRAVIS FRYE & BLUE MOUNTAIN at 2 and 7
p.m., followed by THE ROYS 3 and 8 p.m. On Thursday, July 2nd, it’s THE EDWARDS FAMILY at 1 & 6, THE LEBEAUS at
2 and 7 and THE WEB FAMILY at 3 and 8. On Friday, July 3rd, it’s DONNA HUGHES at 2 and 7 p.m. and THE ATTRACTIONS
BAND at 3 and 8 p.m.
Then, on Saturday, July 4th come spend the day
with THE MAYBERRY TRIBUTE DAY with all your favorite characters. Pedal Pull contests for children will take place at 10
a.m. and at 11 a.m. for adults on Saturday, as well. At 2 and 7 p.m. the BURROWS BROTHERS BLUEGRASS BAND will perform
and then, at 9 p.m., it’s time for the FIREWORKS!
$15 for adults, $6 for children younger than 12 and pre-school-aged children are free and no additional charges for the musical
performances. Parking at the Denton FarmPark is free. Camping is available. Call the Denton FarmPark office for site availability
During the Southeast Old Threshers’ Reunion
the Denton FarmPark hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. from June 30th-July 4th. For more information call 336-859-2755 or go online
to www.dentonfarmpark.com Denton FarmPark 1072 Cranford Road, Denton, NC 27239 Phone: (336) 859-2755 Fax: (336)
859-2567 E-Mail: email@example.com.
Also a last minute addition to this years line up of events at the farmpark... Carolina Helicopters,
LLC is offering flying tours for $20 per person. They will be offering flying tours until Satursday, July 4 from morning until
night. Book them for your next town or community event, family reunion, birthday party or real estate viewing by calling 1-843-598-7722.
Carter Lineback and grandmother, Jamie Troutman Truell were among the many to enjoy a nice ride this morning over the farmpark.