Harvest 4 Kids sets new Guinness World Record
It’s official, the record for most combines harvesting at once is back in Canada.
“We want to celebrate with Saskatchewan people,” said Wendell Andres, event organizer and regional director for Children's Camp International. "This whole set up in positioned on two quarters of land. We squeezed in every drop.”
On Oct. 6, Andres and other volunteers hosted the Harvest 4 Kids Event north of Saskatoon, six kilometres west of Highway 12.
It was there where 249 combines lined up and broke the Guinness World Record for the most combines harvesting, a record held by Ireland (208) for the past year.
“It was exciting to watch those combines roll down the road last night,” said Andres. “There was a whole mile of combines on one side and half a mile on the other side.”
Proceeds collected at Harvest 4 Kids went to Children’s Camp International, an organization helping children in developing countries to go camp.
Andres said he works with children in Belize, Cambodia and India and has seen first-hand the difference sending a child to camp. He’s hoping to send many more.
“We’ve set a goal of sending 50,000 kids to camp, but with the amount of people and the generosity of donors we can send even more.”
Jason Wieb and 15 other combines made it out from Borden, Sask. Wieb said he’s never seen this many combines in the same spot.
“I’m used to seeing five to 10 combines out on a field, but to see over 200, it’s amazing,” said Wieb.
Hannah Sheridan and Sarah Perreult won an online contest with Harvest 4 Kids in partnership with High Valley. The two women were flown in from Ottawa for a lunch with High Valley, a chance to ride in their own combine with the band and passes to the concert Saturday night.
“Everyone at homes thinks it’s silly but we’re excited,” they said in unison.
Winkler, Man., first set a record in 2010 with 200 combines before Ireland broke the record with 208 in 2011. Now the Guinness World Record in back in Canada with an astounding 249 combines.
“We laid out 249 swaths and they’re all full,” said Andres.
The day's events finished off with a concert from High Valley at the Forest Grove Community Church in Saskatoon.
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