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Local Brookdale team and farm machines look to help break Guinness World Record

posted Jul 25, 2016, 8:58 AM by Kathy Carr
An antique farm machine belonging to Garth Christison of Brookdale, Manitoba will participate in the world’s largest pioneer harvest this summer in Austin, Manitoba.
On July 31, Harvesting Hope: a World Record to Help the Hungry will attempt to break the Guinness World Record of “most threshing machines operating simultaneously,” by running 125 antique machines at the same time to harvest a crop of wheat. The current record is 111 machines held by a group from St. Albert, Ontario.
Christison has volunteered his restored John Deere D tractor to power an antique John Deere threshing machine belonging to his neighbour, Art Gibson, to help break the record.
“Restoring farm equipment has been in our family background forever,” says Christison. “My dad restored equipment, I restore equipment, my brother restores it – we all do.”
Restoring antique farm equipment isn’t the only way the Christison family embraces old-time farming. Christison’s brother, Alex Christison, harvested his most recent crop using horses.
“We do it the old way,” says Christison with a laugh. “Nothing modern about us.”
Christison will be joined by family member Adam Christison and family friend Tyler Morrison to help run the machines during the event.
Canadian tire company Kaltire has generously agreed to sponsor the machine.
Proceeds from the event will support the efforts of Canadian Foodgrains Bank to help end global hunger and the Manitoba Agricultural Museum’s work to preserve Manitoba’s rural heritage.
“It’s going to be great for the Foodgrains Bank and for the Museum,” says Christison. “It’s a worthwhile cause.”
Christison says he’s never seen anywhere close to 125 threshing machines operating at the same time.
To set the new record, all threshing machines must operate simultaneously for at least five minutes. Harvesting Hope’s organizing committee plans to run all threshing machines for at least 20 minutes and thresh 75 acres of wheat.
“This will be a sight to behold,” says Christison.
The event will begin at 4:00 p.m. in the east field at the 62nd Manitoba Threshermen’s Reunion & Stampede. For more details or to make a donation, please visit or follow us on Twitter (@harvestinghope2016)..