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300+ Combines Set Guinness Harvest Record
“More than 300 combines lined up side-by-side last fall to harvest a Winkler, Manitoba grain field. They set a new world’s record and achieved amazing social media exposure in the process,” according to Dave Thiessen, National Director of Children’s Camp International Harvest for Kids. CCI’s quest for notoriety broke the existing Guinness record of 244 combines by a whopping 60 machines.
  Thiessen says the event, which required 18 mos. of planning and tremendous cooperation among 1,000 volunteers, including farmers, churches, law enforcement and food suppliers, was a resounding success. Combines of every size and brand made one pass across a huge field, where 250 acres were gathered up in single swaths by pickup headers. Thiessen says it was an unbelievable sight, captured on the ground and in the air by numerous cameras, even broadcast live on the CCI website. Online viewers from more than 50 countries witnessed the harvest.
  “We met our attendance goals, and then some,” Thiessen says. More than 14,000 people witnessed the mega-harvest, which yielded about 50 bushels an acre. All the grain was loaded onto carts and then into trucks and hauled to the elevator.
   Thiessen says the extravaganza’s overall purpose was to raise funds to send 1 million kids to a week-long CCI ministry camp. There they can learn Christian values, make friends, enjoy recreation with others their age and get plenty to eat. The camps are held in poorer countries of the world and cost about $5 per child. The effort met its original fund-raising goals and is still accepting donations on the ccicamps.com website.
  Will they try for even larger numbers and a bigger event in the future? Thiessen says it’s not out of the question.
  Go to farmshow.com to see a video of the record harvest.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Dave Thiessen, CCI Harvest for Kids (ph 306 261-7285; ccicamps.com; harvestforkids.com).

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2019 - Volume #43, Issue #1