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Aerial view of the Guinness record-setting threshing machines at work in St-Albert on August 11, 2019. Photo: James Morgan

St-Albert threshing record holder published in Guinness book

François Latour is in the record books, literally.

The latest edition of the Guinness Book of Records is out, and his name is in it.

On August 11, 2019, Latour captured the world record for the greatest number of threshing machines operating at the same time with 243 machines whirring away for five minutes in a field near St-Albert.

Latour’s effort not only captured the world threshing record, but it also raised $100,000 for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

Out of 56,000 names of world record setters each year, only five per cent are actually published in the book.

Latour had first achieved the Guinness world record for the greatest number of threshing machines operating at the same time in 2015, but a group in Manitoba broke it in 2016, which led to Latour starting the effort to reclaim the title in 2019.

James Morgan

James Morgan is a freelance contributor. He has worked for several print and broadcast media outlets. James loves the history, natural beauty, and people of eastern Ontario and western Quebec.

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