ST. ALBERT – St. Albert will be the place to be on Sat., Aug. 10 and Sun., 11 as François Latour takes up the challenge of leaving his mark in the Guinness World Record History Book.
Latour and a volunteer group in the hundreds are going after two different records.
The first is one he held in 2015 after having 111 threshing machines all going at once. A town in Manitoba called Austin bested that record in 2016 with 139 machines.
Not to be outdone, Latour has been planning to beat that record for the past two years with 250 threshing machines all working at the same time for 15 minutes.
“We have people coming from as far away as Sarnia and Rimouski. Two machines are coming from Vermont and one from Saskatchewan,” said Latour.
The second challenge will be to create the largest human ribbon for breast cancer. The existing record is 8,264 people.
Latour is expecting to be able to beat that number. “We are asking participants to all wear pink,” said Latour, whose wife died of breast cancer in 2015.
The group will also be fundraising for breast cancer attempting to raise $100,000.
There will be various other activities going on in the 30-acre field alongside St. Albert’s Cheese Factory, at 150 St. Paul St., one of the sponsors for the two-day event.
On Sun., Aug. 4 there will be antique tractor pulls, a plowing match, antique exhibitions, an auction, and music.
At an information meeting for some of the hundreds of volunteers for the event on Thurs., July 25, Latour said it has taken two years to plan and will utilize at least 2,000 volunteers.
On Sun., Aug. 4 a parade of threshing machines will leave St. Eugene heading to St. Albert.
On Sat., Aug. 10 there will be the plowing competition, tractor pulls, more than 50 exhibitors, various demonstrations and children’s games, a supper, breast cancer draw, auction and dance party.
On Sun., Aug. 11 at 1 pm the record-breaking attempt for the most threshers working will take place.
At 3 pm the largest human ribbon for breast cancer record attempt will take place. Please wear pink hats and shirts.