Record at­tempts test hu­mans, mills

The Glengarry News - - Classified­s -

Farm im­ple­ments from the past, a long hu­man chain and the bat­tle against breast can­cer will bring thou­sands to a 60-acre field in StAl­bert Au­gust 11.

The goals of the gath­er­ing at Fro­magerie St-Al­bert will be to set Guin­ness World Records for the num­ber of thresh­ing mills op­er­at­ing si­mul­ta­ne­ously and for the longest hu­man rib­bon. An­other ob­jec­tive is to raise $100,000 for breast can­cer re­search.

Af­ter es­tab­lish­ing the thresh­ing mill mark at 111 in 2015, main or­ga­nizer François La­tour is striv­ing to as­sem­ble 250 ma­chines, and have them run at the same time for at least 15 min­utes. The cur­rent record of 139 mills was set in 2016 in Man­i­toba.

The mill record at­tempt, which will be­gin at 1 p.m., will in­clude par­tic­i­pants from all over On­tario and Québec, as well as from Ver­mont and Saskatchew­an.

At 3 p.m. a bid will be­gin to beat the hu­man rib­bon record of 8,264 per­sons. Or­ga­niz­ers are hop­ing to string along 10,000 peo­ple, who are en­cour­aged to wear pink for the oc­ca­sion.

A Guin­ness World Records of­fi­cial from New York will be on hand to cer­tify the records.

François La­tour lost his wife to breast can­cer in 2015, as he was about to set the thresh­ing ma­chine mark.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit rgstal­, or phone 613720-1845 or e-mail cos­tumesjuli­[email protected]­

The Au­gust 11 record at­tempts will be just some of the ac­tiv­i­ties that will be held that week­end.

Au­gust 10, the pro­gram in­cludes a 9 a.m. plow­ing match with horses and an­tique trac­tors, fol­lowed by an an­tique trac­tor pull at 11 a.m.

On both days, there will be mu­sic, demon­stra­tions of equip­ment, games for chil­dren and wagon rides.

RU­RAL PROMOTION: the record at­tempt. Thresh­ing mills have been placed in spots through­out the area to pro­mote

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