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Great Summer Destination: Manitoba Threshermen's Reunion
"I enjoy FARM SHOW very much and have noticed that you occasionally tell your readers about vintage farm machinery shows across North America. I'd like to tell your readers about the Manitoba Threshermen's Reunion and Stampede held annually during the last full week of July," says Ray Tolton, director of the Manitoba Agricultural Museum where the Threshermen's reunion is held.
  "The Ag Museum is situated on a quarter section of land south of Austin, Manitoba, and is the permanent home to a 22-building pioneer village, 30 steam engines (all in running order), over 150 gas tractors, and a variety of horse-drawn seeding, tillage, harvest equipment, and many other pioneer artifacts housed in display buildings.
  "More than 400 volunteers help put on the show for up to 40,000 visitors who come through the gate. Many activities of early rural life are on display such as threshing, a working sawmill, a vintage parade, stationary gas and steam engines, grist flour mill, quilting, soap making and even a rodeo.
  "Each year the Reunion features a brand of machinery or vehicles. In 1998, International Harvester was the featured line and we had a sea of red with more than 300 entries, including 225 tractors. The oldest tractor was a 1909 Mogul type C and the newest was a 1998 Case-IH Quad Trac. The oldest IH harvester on display was an 1880's reaper and the newest a 2388 Case-IH combine. We also had stationary IH engines, tillage equipment, trucks, and even a 1909 IH Auto Buggy car.
  "In 1999 the 45th Threshermen's Reunion, held July 21 to 25, will feature the Massey-Harris-Ferguson line (including Sawyer-Massey). We will also have a feature on working scale model tractors that collectors have built. If anyone has a piece of equipment they would like to display, please contact me."
  For more information about the show, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Ray Tolton, Manitoba Agricultural Museum, Inc., P.O. Box 10, Austin, Manitoba, Canada R0H 0C0 (ph 204 637-2354; fax 2395; E-mail: info@ag-museum.mb.ca.

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1999 - Volume #23, Issue #2