| May/June 1972

R.R.1, Box 16, Gladstone, Manitoba ROJ OTO

Manitoba, Canada reporting our 17th Annual Threshermen's Reunion and Central Manitoba Stampede held last July 28th to 31st, 1971.

Attendance records were broken this year when an estimated 52,000 people passed through the gates. Cars, campers and trailers with license plates as far away as British Columbia to Prince Edward Island in Canada, also California, Mexico and most of the Northern and mid-western United States were jammed into the grounds at the site of the Manitoba Agricultural Museum, at Austin, Manitoba, Canada.

It was indeed a pleasure to see so many American visitors at our show in 1971. This year's crowd was a 35% increase over the previous year's, when the final day set a record of 19,500 for a single day.

Another record was broken when 118 mobile gas and steam tractors kicked off each day's activities, with a gigantic parade, puffing and rolling past the grandstand.

Opening day, like most events this summer, was greeted with the inevitable rain which cancelled all afternoon events, but the evening events went off as per schedule which featured the usual stampede fare saddle bronc and bull riding; bareback riding, steer wrestling, wild cow milking, ladies barrel racing, the Frick and Roman riding and the ever-exciting chariot races. These events were held each evening with the finals coming on Saturday.