Near Winkler, MB (CKLQ) - If you drive by Winkler at about 2:00pm on Saturday, you may see quite a sight: 300 combines working simultaneously in the same field, a feat that organizers said has never happened before.
The Harvest for Kids 2018 record attempt is planned for a winter wheat field just south of Winkler.
Created to raise awareness and funds for Children’s Camps International (CCI), organizers are planning to break their own Guinness record, set during a similar project in Dalmeny, Saskatchewan, back in 2012.
That event included 244 combines, drawing an estimated audience of around 20,000 people.
In this case, the 300 combines come from farmers across Manitoba to volunteer and register their combines, with all makes and models welcome.
“Logistically, we’ll have small swaths for smaller combines, large ones for larger combines. We’re going to GPS the whole field so we have the right fit for the combines coming that day,” said Coordinator George Klassen.
He said several agribusinesses, equipment dealers, and trucking companies are also contributing to the effort, bringing combines from as far away as north of Saskatoon.
“The dealerships, they’re all working together because of the cause,” says Dave Thiessen, national director of CCI Harvest for Kids.
They’re expecting more than 25,000 spectators on Saturday, so the advice is to get to the location several hours earlier.
Organizers say a free concert will also be held on the Friday night will include High Valley, the Hunter Brothers, and Rosemary & the Sweet Sound Revival.
The original CCI harvest event was held in at Winkler in 2006, when over a 100 combines harvested 160 acres of wheat in 11 minutes. In 2010, 212 combines participated in the second Harvest for Kids, which set the official Guinness world record that was later broken by farmers in Ireland, and then again by Saskatchewan farmers in Dalmeny in 2012.
Children’s Camps International is a faith-based non-profit organization that works with local partners to host camp programs in developing countries.