Opinion Column

Records can change the world

By Angela Brown, Portage Daily Graphic

When two world records were set near Austin on Aug. 1 for the world's largest plow the world was watching.

The two records - one for the world's largest plow with multiple tractors and one for the world's largest plow with a single tractor - will now make history and are expected to be included in The World Records Academy after the information on the event is verified and authenticated.

That is no small feat for mankind.

City folk may question the importance of creating the world's largest plow, but perhaps the innovation may also one day change the face of farming in the future.

People came from all around the globe to see the record being made, including some from Australia, the United States and Europe. And the attendance at the Threshermen's Reunion and Stampede was huge, with a substantially noticeable increase from previous years. That is a good thing for the success and longevity of the Manitoba Agricultural Museum.

It was inspiring to see so many dedicated individuals and volunteers working on the project to break the world's records.

And the hundreds of spectators who saw the record being broken were clearly giddy with excitement. There were grandparents with grand kids in tow, mothers with babies in buggies. A visit by the Queen couldn't have garnered more interest and fascination from the public.

Now, people from all over the world will be able to cite the event happened near Austin on Aug. 1 through the efforts of the Manitoba Agricultural Museum. Students studying agricultural will learn about the event and discuss its significance in class. Children who witnessed the achievement will eventually tell their children and the story will be passed down.

One young man who was using a video-recorder to capture the action was anxious to head home afterwards to show his mother. And in the future, more people will likely want to visit the Threshermen's Reunion and Stampede for the reason: this is where it all happened.

Shortly after the two records had been broken on Aug. 1, a clap of thunder was heard from the sky, as though the elements were just waiting in anticipation for history to be made. Then, a heavy downpour ensued, scattering the remaining crowd.

In the future, people will come from far and wide to see that place where the World Records were broken.

And Austin will never again be the same for it.

As Erron Leafloor, chief engineer on the project, proudly proclaimed from the field when the event was over: "And they will hear the story of the Manitoba Agricultural Museum and how they pulled a 66-bottom plow, when nobody thought they could. Whew! You guys are heroes!"

Angela Brown is Editor of Central Plains Herald-Leader


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