In just over a month, it will be world record weekend in St-Albert. At least, that is what organizers are hoping for.
Organizers of the Guinness World Record Weekend want to emphasize that not only will they be attempting to set the world record for the most threshing machines operating at the same time, they will be attempting to create the largest-ever pink breast cancer ribbon which will be photographed from the air.
The events take place on August 10 and 11 in the field behind the St-Albert cheese factory.
At 1 p.m. on August 11, more than 250 threshing machines will be working at the same time for 15 minutes to set a new record. The world record had been set in St-Albert in 2015 but was broken by a group in Manitoba in 2016.
If 10 per cent of the threshing machines on site stop working during the 15 minutes, the new record could be voided.
At 3 p.m. a pink-clad crowd will assemble in the field and form a breast cancer awareness ribbon that will hopefully be the world’s largest. The previous ribbon record was set with 8,264 people. Organizers want at least 9,000 people to set the new record.
The weekend also includes a plowing competition, antique tractor pulls, dancing tractors, and antique equipment demonstrations.
According to Committee Chair Francois Latour, 20,000 to 30,000 people could attend, and they are hoping the event raises $100,000 for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
During the threshing machine competition, breast cancer survivors will be operating a threshing machine that has been painted pink to promote the weekend. The machine has been traveling around the area to other events recently to promote the Guinness weekend.
A lawn decorating contest is also being organized to help promote the event. There are $1,000 in prizes for the contest. For more information, contact Louise Cayer-Deslauriers at 613-443-0310.
On-site camping will also be provided for the Guinness weekend at a cost of $50.
“We really want to bring this back,” said Marie-Claire Ivanski of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation about the plans to set the world records.
Tickets to attend Guinness World Record Weekend in St-Albert cost $20 each.