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.