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.
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