Administrator, Manitoba Agricultural Museum, Inc., Box 10, Austin, Manitoba, Canada
For four days at the end of July you could again relive the days when the threshing crews were the heroes of the west. The old outfits came to life again at the 1972 Manitoba Threshermen's Reunion and Stampede which took place from July 26 to July 29. This annual event is sponsored by the Manitoba Agricultural Museum and it takes place on the Museum grounds 1 miles south of Austin, Manitoba, on No. 34 Hwy.
Every year the crowds come to see the old steamers and gas engines go through their paces. The weather is warm and sunny and the people come from all parts of Canada and the U. S. to marvel at the old monsters. This year an estimated 72,000 people attended the show.
There were many attractions to be seen: the mammoth vintage parade which passed in front of the grandstand each day, the many contests such as threshing, belt setting, stooking, bag tying and the Turtle Race which had the steamers racing against each other. The sawmill, shingle mill and planer were in operation and a grist mill was turning out sample bags of flour at top speed to keep up with the demand, and a display of miniature and stationary engines, both steam and gas, drew many spectators.
In the evening there was top-notch entertainment with one of the highest rated rodeos in Canada. 75 contestants tried their skill at the rodeo events and the crowds were thrilled with their performance.
And of course the Carberry Legion Band and Majorettes, the Pequis Indian Pow-Wow and Cultural Group, and the Antoinettes, a tumbling act, provided colour, music and much entertainment for the crowds.
From 10:00 p. m. to 1:00 a. m. every evening you could enjoy an old-time dance at the Wagon Wheel Dance Pavillion with music provided by the Country Spurs.
The Museum buildings and Displays were all open to the public and the thousands of people attending found they had hardly enough time to see everything.
Yes, the 1972 Manitoba Threshermen's Reunion and Stampede was a resounding success. Next year we hope to see all our old friends back again as well as many new ones.