It’s Official—New World Record Set by Harvesting Hope

November 21, 2016   No comments

Event raises $134,000 for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, Manitoba Agricultural Museum

WINNIPEG, Man. — It’s official—Guinness World Records has certified that Manitoba now holds the world record for the largest number of antique threshing machines operating simultaneously.

The record was set July 31st during the 62nd Manitoba Threshermen’s Reunion & Stampede at the Manitoba Agricultural Museum near Austin, Man. In total, 148 threshing machines and over 750 volunteers attempted the record, with 139 threshing machines successful in threshing grain together for 15 minutes. The event produced 1,500 bushels of grain from 30,000 sheaves of winter wheat.

The previous record was 111 machines held by a group from St. Albert, Ontario.

Harvesting Hope: A World Record to Help the Hungry drew about 8,000 people to the Museum to see volunteers from across Canada and the U.S. set the new world record.

“On behalf of the organizing committee, we would like to thank all the volunteers and sponsors that made this event possible. Without their passion and commitment our organizations could not have created such a successful event. Thank you!” says Elliot Sims, one of the event’s co-chairs.

In addition to setting the record, the event raised $134,000, which is being split between the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, a partnership of 15 churches and church agencies working together to end global hunger, and the Museum, which is dedicated to preserving and promoting Manitoba’s agricultural heritage.

A cheque for $67,000 was presented to the Foodgrains Bank on November 21 for use in its programs in Africa to help small-scale farm families grow more and better food. These funds are matched 3:1 by the federal government, making the event’s impact grow even further.

“Events like this show the strength and community spirit of rural Canadians, and how they can come together to celebrate their heritage and help others” added Sims.

“We were proud to be a part of this record-breaking event, and grateful to receive a donation to help farmers in the developing world,” says John Longhurst, Director of Resources and Public Engagement with the Foodgrains Bank.

About the Manitoba Agricultural Museum

Founded in 1954, the Manitoba Agricultural Museum celebrates and preserves Manitoba’s rich rural heritage by providing visitors with interactive experiences of pioneer life and maintaining Canada’s largest collection of operating vintage agricultural machinery. The museum is operated by 700 volunteers and welcomed over 18,000 visitors from around the world to its facilities in 2015.

About the Canadian Foodgrains Bank

The Canadian Foodgrains Bank is a Winnipeg-based partnership of 15 Canadian churches and church agencies working together to end hunger in the developing world by providing emergency food aid and helping farmers grow more and better food. With matching support from the Canadian government, in 2015-16 the organization committed $43 million to assist over one million people in 40 countries.

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September 19, 2016   No comments

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139 Antique Farm Machines Break Guinness World Record to Help End Global Hunger

August 2, 2016   No comments

Harvesting Hope breaks Guinness World Record with antique threshing machines in Austin, Manitoba this weekend

Austin, MB – Manitoba became home to another world record July 31 when 139 antique threshing machines harvested a field simultaneously for 15 minutes at the Manitoba Agricultural Museum in Austin, Man.

“This was a once-in-a lifetime event,” says Elliot Sims, co-organizer of Harvesting Hope: A World Record to Help the Hungry, held at the 62nd Manitoba Threshermen’s Reunion & Stampede at the Museum.

“You just don’t see stuff like this anymore,” he says. “The energy from the participants and crowd was amazing. You could feel the pride and excitement.”

Nearly 8,000 people came to the Museum to watch 750 volunteers from across Canada and the U.S. break the Guinness World Record for “most threshing machines operating simultaneously.” The previous record was 111 machines held by a group from St. Albert, Ontario.

The record is unofficial until it is certified by Guinness World Records.

Altogether, 75 acres of winter wheat was bound and 30,000 sheaves were cut to be threshed during the event. Combined, the machines were capable of threshing approximately 17,000 bushels of wheat per hour, with 6,100 horsepower of engine capacity driving them.

“This was truly a celebration of our agricultural heritage,” says Sims. “We’re all very happy to have succeeded, and the feedback we’re getting is great. Everyone seems to have really enjoyed themselves.”

Funds raised at the event will be split between the Manitoba Agricultural Museum, which hosted the world record attempt, and Canadian Foodgrains Bank. A final tally will be available in a few weeks.

The funds going to the Foodgrains Bank will be used to help small-scale farm families in Ethiopia, Tanzania and Kenya learn to grow more and better food so they can better provide for their families. The funds going to the Manitoba Agricultural Museum will be used to help it continue to preserve Manitoba’s agricultural heritage.

“We were really proud to be a part of this record-breaking event,” says John Longhurst, Director of Resources and Public Engagement with the Foodgrains Bank.

“Since the Foodgrains Bank was created by and for Canadian farmers, it’s only fitting, and a huge honour, to be part of the effort to break the record for using antique farm machines, and to also raise money to help end global hunger.”

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Plan Your Visit

July 6, 2016   No comments

We are excited for you to join us at Harvesting Hope: A World Record to Help the Hungry. Here are a few details about the event:

Camping and Accommodations

Park your trailer or pitch your tent at the Three Creeks Campground, right next to the MTRS festival site. The campground offers unserviced and serviced sites (15 and 30 amp). All sites available on a first-come, first-served basis.

More accommodations options in Austin and area:

  • Robins Nest Motel & Cafe, Carberry (204) 834-2878
  • Gladstone Hotel & Motel, Gladstone (204) 385-2770
  • Welcome Stop Motel, Gladstone (204) 385-2921

more info


Location and Directions

Harvesting Hope will take place during the Manitoba Threshermen’s Reunion and Stampede at the Manitoba Agricultural Museum

3km south of PTH 1 & 34 junction

Only 80km from Brandon, MB and 130 km from Winnipeg, MB


Admission Prices
 

All Day Reunion Passes
(includes Harvesting Hope World Record Event)
Cost
Adults $15
Children 6-12 years $8
Children 5 & under FREE
Family Rate (2 adults & 2 children) $40

 

Learn more about festival admission prices


Grounds Map

 

 

 

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Less Than a Month Until Vintage Farm Machines Break World Record

July 5, 2016   No comments

122 threshing machines officially registered with less than 30 days until the world record event; momentum continuing to build

Austin, Manitoba — The countdown is on for Manitoba to be home to yet another world record, with 122 threshing machines officially registered to take part in a pioneer heritage harvest on Sunday July 31 near Austin, Manitoba.

At Harvesting Hope: a World Record to the Help the Hungry, 600 volunteers from across Canada will harvest a field of wheat with over 125 old-fashioned threshing machines from the early 20th century.

The equipment will require over four football fields of space when in operation.

“We are beyond excited. Never before have antique machines of this size and quality all been together on a field,” says Amanda Thorsteinsson, spokesperson for Harvesting Hope.

“The machines have a combined total threshing cylinder capacity of 3,200 inches, and a total horsepower of 4,900, or about the same as one of the big railway locomotives used by CP and CN. It will truly be a sight to behold, and one to remember for a lifetime.”

Harvesting Hope’s organizing committee plans to run all threshing machines for at least 20 minutes and thresh 75 acres of wheat. Each machine will be driven by a steam engine, tractor or stationary engine built between 1890 and 1950.

In total, more than 35,000 sheaves of wheat will be harvested for the event.

Funds raised from the event will be split between the Agricultural Museum and the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. The funds going to the Foodgrains Bank will be used for helping small-scale farm families in Ethiopia, Tanzania and Kenya learn to grow more and better food so they can better provide for their families.

To be held July 31, 2016, Harvesting Hope is a joint effort of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank and the Manitoba Agricultural Museum. All event proceeds will support the efforts of these organizations to end global hunger and preserve Manitoba’s rural heritage.

Harvesting Hope will be held in conjunction with the 62nd Manitoba Threshermen’s Reunion & Stampede, scheduled for July 28-31, 2016. For more details or to support the cause, please visit www.harvestinghope.ca. You can also follow Harvesting Hope on twitter @harvesthope2016

About the Manitoba Agricultural Museum

Founded in 1954, the Manitoba Agricultural Museum celebrates and preserves Manitoba’s rich rural heritage by providing visitors with interactive experiences of pioneer life and maintaining Canada’s largest collection of operating vintage agricultural machinery. The museum is operated by 700 volunteers and welcomed over 18,000 visitors from around the world to its facilities in 2014.

About the Canadian Foodgrains Bank
The Canadian Foodgrains Bank is a Winnipeg-based partnership of 15 Canadian churches and church agencies working together to end hunger in the developing world by providing emergency food aid and helping farmers grow more and better food. With matching support from the Canadian government, in 2015- 156 the organization committed $43 million to assist over one million people in 40 countries.

To arrange an interview or for more information on Harvesting Hope please contact:
Amanda Thorsteinsson
(204)926-4233
[email protected]

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Guinness World Records officially registers Harvesting Hope record attempt

March 3, 2016   No comments

150 days until century old farm machines break world record

March 3, 2016 – Manitoba is 150 days away from adding to their growing list of world records.

Harvesting Hope: a World Record to Help the Hungry is officially registered to break the current Guinness World Records for the “most threshing machines operating simultaneously” held by Francois Latour of St Albert, Ontario. Harvesting Hope plans to have at least 125 threshing machines at its event, operated by over 600 volunteers.

“Harvesting Hope is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take a step back in time, and see how people grew food over a hundred years ago,” says Ayn Wilcox, spokesperson for Harvesting Hope. “What makes it even more special is that it’s an opportunity to help make a difference for some of the millions of people around the world who are hungry.”

To set the new record, all threshing machines must operate simultaneously for at least 5 minutes. Harvesting Hope’s organizing committee plans to run all threshing machines for at least 20 minutes and thresh 75 acres of wheat. Each machine will be driven by a steam engine, tractor or stationary engine built between 1890 and 1950. When operating, the machines will require over 4 football fields of space.

Prior to last year’s new record of 111 machines, the 2013 event Olde Tyme Harvest event in Langenburg, Saskatchewan held the record with 41 threshing machines. The Saskatchewan event also raised funds for the Foodgrains Bank.

For information on Harvesting Hope, including details on how to attend the event, participate in the harvest, sponsor a piece of equipment, or make a general donation, please visit www.harvestinghope.ca

To arrange an interview with a Harvesting Hope spokesperson or to request a photo, please contact Amanda Thorsteinsson at (204) 926-4233.

About Harvesting Hope: a World Record to Help the Hungry

On July 31, 2016 Harvesting Hope: A World Record to Help the Hungry will create the world’s largest pioneer harvest near Austin, MB. Over 600 volunteers from 100 Canadian communities will operate 125 century-old threshing machines to harvest a field of wheat. A joint partnership of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank and the Manitoba Agricultural Museum, Harvesting Hope will take place in conjunction with the 62nd Manitoba Threshermen’s Reunion & Stampede, a Manitoba STAR Celebration.

Canadian Foodgrains Bank is a partnership of 15 churches and church agencies working together to end global hunger. In the 2014-15 budget year, the Foodgrains Bank provided over $41 million of assistance for 1.1 million people in 39 countries. Canadian Foodgrains Bank projects are undertaken with matching support from the Government of Canada. Assistance from the Foodgrains Bank is provided through its member agencies, which work with local partners in the developing world.

Founded in 1954, the Manitoba Agricultural Museum celebrates and preserves Manitoba’s rich rural heritage by providing visitors with interactive experiences of pioneer life and maintaining Canada’s largest collection of operating vintage agricultural machinery. The museum welcomed over 18,000 visitors from around the world to its facilities in 2014 and is one of the Manitoba’s six Signature Museums.

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Harvesting Hope Float Wins Award at Grey Cup Festival Santa Claus Parade

November 30, 2015   No comments

Winnipeg, November 30, 2016 – Antique threshing machines aren’t often described as “glittery.” But it was the glamour and lighting on Harvesting Hope’s float in Saturday’s Grey Cup Festival Santa Claus Parade that won it the “Ahh” award for best combination of light and sound in the non-commercial float category.

The float featured a 1941 John Deere AR tractor, a 1939 John Deere threshing machine, and over 925 feet (282 metres) of rope lighting.

“We’re delighted by this recognition of the hard work of over 35 volunteers,” says Float Coordinator Angie Klym. “Our hope is this award will help raise awareness of global hunger and encourage more Manitobans to visit our world-record breaking event on July 31, 2016 to raise funds to help end hunger.”

Harvesting Hope: A World Record to Help the Hungry will take place in Austin, Manitoba on July 31, 2016, when the Manitoba Agricultural Museum, in partnership with the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, will create the world’s largest pioneer harvest with 125 century-old threshing machines working simultaneously to harvest a field of wheat.

Proceeds from the event will be used by the Foodgrains Bank to fight hunger in countries like Syria and South Sudan, as well as to support the work of the museum.

Special thanks is given by the Harvesting Hope Committee to Lee River Transport, Albert Schiller, and the Beausejour Pioneer Village Museum for the use of their equipment for the float.

A total of 106 floats were entered in the 2015 parade, which were judged by a panel of local media personalities.

To arrange an interview or for more information on Harvesting Hope please contact:
Amanda Thorsteinsson
204-926-4223

About the Winnipeg Santa Claus Parade

The November 28th 2015 Grey Cup Santa Claus Parade featured 106 floats accompanied by over 2,000 participants. The Winnipeg Santa Claus Parade is a not-for-profit organization led by a fourteen person community Board of Directors. As well as producing a world class parade, the organization’s mandate includes a commitment to community involvement by giving support to Winnipeg’s inner city, especially concentrating on working with organizations involved with downtown youth and new immigrant programming.

About the Manitoba Agricultural Museum

Founded in 1954, the Manitoba Agricultural Museum celebrates and preserves Manitoba’s rich rural heritage by providing visitors with interactive experiences of pioneer life and maintaining Canada’s largest collection of operating vintage agricultural machinery. The museum welcomed over 18,000 visitors from around the world to its facilities in 2014 and is one of the Manitoba’s six Signature Museums.

About Canadian Foodgrains Bank

The Canadian Foodgrains Bank is a Winnipeg-based partnership of 15 Canadian churches and church agencies working together to end hunger in the developing world by providing emergency food aid and helping farmers grow more and better food. With matching support from the Canadian government, in 2014- 15 the organization committed $41.6 million to assist 1.1 million people in 39 countries.

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Harvesting Hope sets record goal of 125 antique threshing machines for world’s largest pioneer harvest

November 24, 2015   No comments

Austin, MB (November 24, 2016) – With just 250 days until the world’s largest pioneer harvest commences, Harvesting Hope is pleased to announce its official record target and unveil our community champion campaign.

Thanks to the growing response to participate in the event, the Harvesting Hope organizing committee has set its official world record target at 125 antique threshing machines operating simultaneously to harvest a field of wheat.

“Every day since our official launch in August, individuals are contacting us to offer threshing machines, equipment and resources to help end global hunger by celebrating our agricultural heritage,” says Ayn Wilcox, a spokesperson for the Harvesting Hope committee. “We are grateful for the support we have received over the past few months, and are excited at what the months leading up to July 31, 2016 will bring.”

“Hundreds of Manitobans are already volunteering and providing in-kind contributions to make this event a success, but financial contributions are also needed,” states Wilcox. “We’re asking all Manitobans to join our team in the fight against global hunger by supporting this once-in-a-lifetime event through our community champions program.”

Through the community champions program Manitobans can support Harvesting Hope by being a Threshing Team Sponsor ($1,000), Adopting an Acre of wheat ($500), or being a Friend of Harvesting Hope ($250). Community champions will receive a special invitation to the Harvesting Hope event.

Contributions of other sizes are also greatly appreciated. Contributions over $20 will receive a tax receipt. Additionally, Manitoba’s business community can support Harvesting Hope by becoming a community champion or a corporate partner.

To learn more about the community champion campaign or to make a contribution, please visit www.harvestinghope.ca/community-champion or call 204-637-2354.

To arrange an interview, please email [email protected] or call 204-470-8405. You can also follow us on twitter at @harvesthope2016


About Harvesting Hope: a World Record to Help the Hungry

On July 31, 2016 Harvesting Hope: A World Record to Help the Hungry will create the world’s largest pioneer harvest near Austin, MB. Over 500 volunteers from 100 Canadian communities will operate 125 century-old threshing machines to harvest a field of wheat. Harvesting Hope is a joint partnership of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank and the Manitoba Agricultural Museum and will take place in conjunction with the 62nd Manitoba Threshermen’s Reunion & Stampede.

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Old-fashioned Farm Machines Gear Up to Break World Record

August 17, 2015   No comments

Winnipeg, MB (August 18, 2015) — Manitoba is set to become home to another world record in an effort to help end global hunger.

On July 31, 2016, Harvesting Hope: a World Record to the Help the Hungry will host over 500 volunteers from 100 communities across Canada as they operate vintage threshing machines from the early 20th century to harvest a crop of wheat.  When in operation, the equipment will require over four football fields of space.

Proceeds from the event will support the efforts of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank to help end global hunger and the Manitoba Agricultural Museum’s work to preserve Manitoba’s rural heritage.  One example of a Canadian Foodgrains Bank-supported project is in Zimbabwe, where 17,000 children from traditionally hunter-gatherer communities between the ages of five and 12 are receiving a nutritious school meal five days a week.

“The outpouring of support for this event is overwhelming,” says Ayn Wilcox, spokesperson for Harvesting Hope. “Even though it’s almost a year before our record attempt, volunteers, contributors and threshing equipment owners are already registering from as far away as Edmonton and Southern Ontario to be part of this special event.”

“We’re excited to partner with the Museum on this event,” adds John Longhurst, who directs communications and marketing for the Foodgrains Bank. “As an organization with deep roots in rural Canada, we are pleased to be part of an event that celebrates farming history and generosity.”

To set the record, all threshing machines must operate simultaneously and continuously for at least 15 minutes. Each machine will be driven by a steam engine, tractor or stationary engine built between 1890 and 1950.

The current record is held by the St. Albert Curd Festival in Ontario, which set a new record last Saturday with 111 machines operating at the same time. Previously, the Olde Tyme Harvest in Langenburg, Saskatchewan set the record in 2013 with 41 threshing machines. The Saskatchewan event also raised funds for the Foodgrains Bank.

Harvesting Hope will be held in conjunction with the 62nd Manitoba Threshermen’s Reunion & Stampede, one of Manitoba’s premier summer festivals and Canada’s largest pioneer heritage festival.  The festival is planned for July 28-31, 2016 with lead-up activities for Harvesting Hope scheduled for July 28-30. Over 15,000 people are expected over the course of the event.

For more details or to make a donation, please visit www.harvestinghope.ca or follow us on twitter (@harvestinghope2016).

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