What does it take to put on the world’s largest pioneer harvest? According to Elliot Sims, one of the co-chairs and organizers of Harvesting Hope: A World Record to Help the Hungry, start with tens of thousands of man-hours, over 800 volunteers, nearly 150 machines and you’re on the right track.
The range of antique machines on the Manitoba Agricultural Museum grounds at the Manitoba Threshermen’s Reunion & Stampede in Austin, Manitoba is almost as far-reaching as the volunteer effort required to operate them. Machinery from every major museum in Western Canada and owners from as far away as Edmonton, Alta. – even Iowa in the U.S. – and volunteers from British Columbia, Newfoundland and Florida have all gathered on an area larger than four football fields to help break a Guinness World Record.
With video files from Lorraine Stevenson