Record attempts test humans, mills
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.
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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