International Harvester collectors’ club to visit Austin

Visiting Western Canada IH Collectors Club (Chapter 38) is a brand new 
attraction for the 64th annual Manitoba Threshermen’s Reunion and Stampede

Beautifully restored International Harvester tractors, trucks and farm machinery are coming from all corners
of the western provinces as the 2018 Feature Attraction Display of this year’s Manitoba Threshermen’s Reunion and Stampede. Photo: Samtronics video

Is that Grandpa’s tractor? Is that the truck Dad proposed to Mom in?

Anyone with a love of the history, products and memorabilia of the International Harvester Company won’t want to miss the upcoming Manitoba Threshermen’s Reunion and Stampede.

For the first time, the Western Canada IH Collectors Club (Chapter 38) — a mix of Canadians and Americans with in-depth knowledge of the company and its tractors, trucks and farm equipment — will be at the four-day show at Austin, July 26 to 29.

The IHC club is part of a broader organization with established chapters across the globe, all intent on preserving the history and heritage of the International Harvester brand, including the McCormick family history.

“We’re very excited on a number of fronts to bring the IHC 38 to Manitoba,” said Elliot Sims, a spokesman for the Manitoba Agricultural Museum.

He said it will bring a whole new group of visitors to the show plus it adds a brand new attraction for those who attend every year. Coming with them will be a large array of unique vehicles, tractors and farm equipment. Registrations were still arriving at the beginning of July but about 50 IHC exhibitors were expected.

“It’s equipment coming from other provinces that has never been displayed in Manitoba before.”

IHC was a unique farm machinery brand and its legacy lives on among all those who continue to appreciate and care for the tractors, trucks and implements it produced.

A key benefit in bringing IHC 38 here will be all the knowledge sharing about these vintage pieces, because that’s fundamental to keeping them in great shape.

“One of the largest challenges is just transferring the knowledge not necessarily just of the machines but how to operate and repair them,” said Sims, adding that the tools and processes used to fix and operate them aren’t taught anywhere in programs.

“The only way that knowledge is transferred from one generation to the next is through mentorship,” he said.

“That’s what keeps that heritage alive and keeps that community growing so there’s more people aware of the significance of the company and what it has done to develop our agricultural heartland here in Western Canada.”

About 10,000 visitors are expected on the grounds of the Manitoba Agricultural Museum over the span of this year’s 64th annual celebrations.

Other main attractions include the daily Pioneer Power Parade — Canada’s largest parade dedicated to operational agricultural and vintage vehicles — the stampede, voted Rodeo of the Year last year by the Canadian Cowboys Association, and the Manitoba Clydesdale Classic Show.

This year’s show farrier competitions will be back, plus all the regular demos of blacksmithing, flour grinding and other farm and household techniques of yesteryear.

This year’s fashion show will feature special-occasion wear of days gone by.

For more information log on to the Manitoba Threshermen’s Reunion & Stampede website.

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