The attempt at a world record harvest scene in southern Manitoba this past weekend was expected to be viewed worldwide, said organizers putting the final touches on the grand show in Winkler last weekend.
Nineteen countries had confirmed with Harvest for Kids that they’d be watching the event unfold, said Dave Thiessen, national director for Children’s Camps International Harvest for Kids, at press time last Friday.
At least 25,000 spectators were also anticipated to witness the Guinness World Record attempt featuring what was hoped would be 300 combines stretching a mile on both sides of a wheat field just south of the city.
Widespread promotion through farm organizations and their own networks had 242 combines registered as of last week, but they were taking calls every day from more, and very confident they’d reach their goal of 300, Thiessen said.
Planning for the event began over 18 months ago, and involved hundreds of dedicated volunteers organizing everything from combine locating to safety and administration and kids’ activities.
Numerous equipment dealers, agribusiness and trucking companies were also contributing to the effort, bringing combines to the event from across Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
“We have had a phenomenal committee,” he said.
Record setting or not, Thiessen said the August 4 event’s most important aspect was to support the entity Children’s Camps International (CCI), a faith-based non-profit organization that hosts camp programs in developing countries.
“Our goal is that we will bring awareness to what we do as an organization,” he said.
The first CCI event was held in Winkler in 2006, when 100 combines harvested 160 acres of wheat in 11 minutes. A second event was held there in 2010 with 212 combines setting the official Guinness World Record. That was broken in 2012 in Dalmeny, Saskatchewan when 244 combines harvested a field off in five minutes.
The August 4 grand spectacle can continue to be viewed online at harvestforkids.com.