New Versus Old At Thresherman’s Reunion – for Jul. 29, 2010

The upcoming Thresherman’s Reunion and Stampede near Austin will pit tractor dinosaurs against modern technology in a bid to set new world plowing records.

A 500-horsepower modern tractor will square off against a century-old Rumely 30-60 E tractor pulling a 65 bottom, 75-feet-wide plow Aug. 1, organizers say in a release.

It’s all in the name of celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Rumely OilPull tractors.

Erron Leafloor, an agricultural engineer and lead designer of the 65 bottom plow believes it is fitting to compare historic and modern agriculture. “Even though most farms in the 1910s were homesteads, some farms measured in the thousands of acres. Custom built large machinery was the only way to work the land,” he said.

The Rumely Product Collector’s Exhibition is the latest addition to the feature event of the 56th Manitoba Thresherman’s Reunion and Stampede. Drawing exhibits from across North America, the event will detail the historical evolution of the Rumely Company and explain these machines’ vital role in the settlement of Canadian Prairies.

“This exhibition will be the largest display of Rumely machinery ever in Western Canada,” says Elliot Sims, expo co-chair. “With exhibits confirmed from Iowa to Alberta and everywhere in between, this international event provides Manitobans a historic chance to learn about the past and see history being made at the plowing attempts.”

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