Volunteers from the Canadian Foodgrains Bank and Manitoba Agricultural Museum brought their skills, and their iron, to Winnipeg Tuesday to show the sort of work a world-record threshing bee is made of.
The demonstration of old-school threshing was held at the Red River Exhibition fairgrounds as a preview of Harvesting Hope, an event scheduled for July 31 next year at Austin during the Manitoba Threshermen’s Reunion.
Harvesting Hope organizers expect to have over 500 volunteers from about 100 communities, sourcing equipment from as far away as Ontario and Minnesota, with net proceeds to benefit the Canadian Foodgrains Bank and the Manitoba Agricultural Museum.
To break the record for the world’s largest threshing bee, organizers said, all threshing machines involved must operate simultaneously and continuously for at least 15 minutes, and must be driven by a steam engine, tractor or stationary engine built between 1890 and 1950.
The standing record was just set on Saturday (Aug. 15) at Festival de la Curd at St-Albert, Ont., with 111 machines operating, breaking the previous record of 41, set at another Foodgrains Bank fundraiser in 2013, at the Olde Tyme Harvest at Langenburg, Sask.