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Portage La Prairie Central Plains Herald Leader (Newspaper) - August 5, 2006, Portage La Prairie, Manitoba
We Central Plains Herald wow mrs for info Call Keith Mclean min of _ opportunities investment creating stronger families big grass producers learning new ways to mix business and pleasure Page 13 Portage la Prairie new recalling reunion three Day Austin event showcased through photographs 14,15 sport big leagues for Gladstone riders Kinley Mccaskill travel to Illinois for High school finals Rodeo 16 Portage la Prairie 5 Oakville Elie 6 Gladstone 7-9 Macgregor Austin to i Stative Library Legal Dep Vaughan St suite too Peg my r3c 1t5 bluer drop by and see All the new pm products Hope rot Arr e twine tour sitmmn1 egg Guf Iii in a till Rue i i la Iii it saturday August 5, 2006 year 18 no. 615,000 visitors make trek to Austin by Angela Brown Central Plains Herald Leader Austin a the 52nd annual Manitoba Thresher men s reunion and Stampede Brough the past to life and rekindled Hope for the future for Many agricultural enthusiasts. The fair which concluded on july 29 a Austin s Manitoba agricultural museum Fea tured machinery from the Early Days of farming dating Back to the beginning of the Century. Foi Many it was a Golden age in the Industry. Ron Houck 68, from Hamiota was captivated by the Workings of a motor w Ith a water coolant in the stationary engine display at the fair on july 29. He said the fair brings Back a flood of memories for him As he gingerly reached into his Shir pocket and pulled out a picture from 1916 of i Grandfather Fred Riding a Rumely Gas tractor. Houck s Grandfather originally came t Hamiota from Ontario in 1896 and purchaser the land for $5 an acre. Houck said his biggest re Gret is the Rumely was discarded at the family Tamn. Quot i thought i d come Back and have a look at ii again Quot he said while gazing at the old family did see it but it was gone when i was a Kia. My Grandfather and my father both used Houck has five Oliver antique tractors from the 1940s at Home in his collection. The retired Farmer s six children have pursued careers off the farm because they Don t believe being an agriculture producer is a profitable occupation. Quot it s Tough to make a living Quot Houck said with regret it s an unfortunate Blake Kennedy from Alexander was touring the Centennial building with his family on july 29 and stopped to inspect a miniature tractor his three year old son Wyatt was trying on for size. Kennedy said despite the challenges he plans to buy his own farm in the near future to offer his children a simpler Way of life. Quot one Day i d love to Nave a steam tractor and some heavies horses Quot he , hopefully Angelo Brown Central Plains Herald Leader Hamiota resident Ron Houck 68, reminisced about the Pioneer Days of farming while viewing a stationary engine display at Manitoba Thresher men s reunion and Stampede on july 29. Will go farming the reunion was a time for Many visitors to return to the Olden Days of farming life. Some were sampling homemade pies at the reunion in the country ladies building or checking out the car show Helmut Neufeld chairman and president of or on the grounds feeding the donkeys. John Davis from Minnedosa snowed his daughter How a flour Mill works in the homesteaders Village. Davis who originally came to Manitoba from England in 1989, said be appreciates the farming life in Canada. Quot coming from England i could t expand or could t farm the Way i wanted to so i thought it was a Good idea to move Over s a lot More Freedom and children have a better life Quot he said. Quot it s a thing they ought to make a lot More of Quot Davis said of the who come out from the town can see How things go on Here in the county id i Manitoba agriculture museum s Board of Cli rectors said this year s attendance of 15,000 was slightly lower than last year s reunion. Quot wednesday and thursday were Down because of the hot weather Quot he said on july 30. However Neufeld said Overall the committee is pleased with the turnout. In september the museum Board will reconvene to Start planning for the 2007 reunion. Quot we re positive with the direction the show is going Quot Neufeld said. Ism Highway 1a wast phone 857-3458 or toll free 1-888-284-99141941-2086 hours open 8 to 6 Mon. Thru fit or sat. From 9 to 5 Cal Chat of w Pill fit a w i fit of a a tipi Cliff our great summer deals Are Back the Best prices of the year 2006 Dodge caravan a Canadian value package Quot v6, Auto 7 passenger air cond., cd i lease 292 month employee or $0 Down $316/month s prices $1000 Down 48 months in Low pm License ins. Extra. Continues
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