Western Development Museum, 2610 Lome Avenue South, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada S7K 3S5.
Captained by Glen Garrabrant of Hugo, Colorado, the Steam Tractor Team from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan won by a narrow margin of only 5 points, from the Gas Tractor Team led by Orval Johnson of Broderick, Saskatchewan.
This International World's Championship Contest has been in competition since 1961 at the Pioneer Days Celebration held this year from July 12 to 17, 1976 in Saskatopn. Twenty-four teams were entered in this year's contest, all consisting of farmers from Canada and the United States, it is open to farmers throughout the world, competition is for 6 exciting days.
Truly a cosmopolitan group of participants the members of the 1976 teams in the finals are shown in the chart at the right.
Several days prior to the opening of Pioneer Days, farmers from many points in the United States and Canada come to Saskatoon to help prepare the machines for this World-Wide Competition. Ladies are very much involved, with Laura Theilman of Saskatoon competing on the Gas Tractor Runner-up Team.
The Honorable George Porteous, Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan presented ribbons to daily winners and presented the Western Producer Trophy to the World Champion at the wind-up banquet on Saturday, July 17, 1976.
Milton, Ontario is the scene of a second Threshermen's Contest held in Eastern Canada September 4 to 6. The World's Championship Threshing Team from Saskatoon will represent the West at Milton.
This Annual World's Championship Threshermen's Contest is sponsored by the Western Producer, a farm publication, together with the Western Development Museum, Saskatoon and the Pioneer Threshermen's Club who jointly provided funds for travelling to Milton.
Entries are now being received for the 1977 World's Championship Threshing Competition, to be held during Pioneer Days, in July of 1977 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Entry forms and other details are published by writing Gordon Wilson, Box 1910, Western Development Museum, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, S7K 3S5.
Steam Team (Winners)
Gas Team (Runners-up)
Glenn Garrabrant Hugo, Colorado
Captain and Engineer
Orval Johnson Broderick, Saskatchewan
Don Lipsit Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Adolph Russell Lougheed, Alberta
Vic Pankoski Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Fireman or Assistant Fireman
Carl Hendriksen Zelma, Saskatchewan
Charlie Elliott Paddockwood, Saskatchewan
Teamster - Stock Rack
George Keyser Wynyard, Saskatchewan
Jim Wilson Marengo, Saskatchewan
Teamster - Grain Tank
Laura Theilman Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Darryl Coy Griffin, Saskatchewan
Spike or Field Pitcher
Alex McKee Hanley, Saskatchewan