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  • Threshing World Record blown away in St. Albert

    ST. ALBERT -- The attempt to break the world record for the number of threshing machines working at one time in one place blew the previous record away, as 115 machines took part and 111 of them worked the full 15 minutes in St. Albert on Sat., Aug. 15.

    The man with the original idea behind the record-setting event, Francois Latour, was overjoyed as Guinness Book of World Record's adjudicator Casey DeSantis announced, first, that the total was 105, then presented the certificate, then later added another six machines for a total of 111. That amount is 70 more than the previous record of 41 which was made in Langenburg, SK, in 2013.

    The event was attended by tens of thousands of people, who also had the opportunity to enjoy the St. Albert Curd Festival, which welcomed the threshers. A 25-acre field had been set aside near the St. Albert Cheese Factory to grow the wheat and host the threshing machines, the operators and their families. The wheat had been cut, stooked and stored safely out of the rain a few weeks earlier. That was fortunate, as the day before the record-setting event torrential rain pounded the area. As a result the pathways between the threshers were a sea of mud on Saturday, but the heat, sun and 100% humidity didn't deter spectators, who cheered loudly as the announcement was made, and continued cheering throughout the short program and raising of the Ontario flag.

    Another ceremony and demonstration was held on Sunday, but not all the threshers were present as some were back on the road. Antique machinery enthusiasts came from across Canada and parts of the United States either to watch or to contribute their working machine to the cause.

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