What is the most colorful tourist attraction in my region? This was an easy question to answer since I live in a rural area in Manitoba so there aren’t many options. Lots of people from around Canada and the USA come to our Provincial and National parks not only to enjoy the beautiful landscapes, but also to hunt and fish. But what really attracts people from all over the world? Austin Thresherman’s Reunion and Stampede!! You don’t have to go to Calgary to experience a big rodeo!
Come one, come all! Every July the Manitoba Agricultural Museum hosts the Austin
Thresherman’s Reunion and Stampede, or for short.. Threshermans! The event takes place over a span of four days, July 25-28, at the Austin Museum. I have gone to Thresherman’s and I can honestly say it is A LOT of fun and not just for adults or teens, there is something fun for everyone no matter your age. Some of the activities include: a rodeo, the Manitoba Agricultural Museum, live entertainment, camping, a petting zoo, vendors, a barrel train for kids, and the Corn and Barley Corral. Oh, and you can’t forget the delicious food, there are three permanent food booths: The Mexican Food booth, The Lions Club booth which makes hamburgers/poutine etc, and lastly there is the Country Side Catering booth which does more home-cooked style meals. There is also small booths that have mini doughnuts, lemonade, and other classic treats. There definitely isn’t a lack of things to do when you are at Thresherman’s.
This whole event takes place at the Manitoba Agricultural Museum, where there are all kinds of old tractors and farm equipment. The museum is located south of the wonderful town of Austin. I think it is pretty amazing how so many people come out to such a small town in a rural area. Last year an estimated 10,000 people, from North America, South
America, and even Europe, attended Threshermans Reunion. To accommodate all these people there are around 600 volunteers. Without the Museum and Threshermans the MacGregor/Austin area wouldn’t be known nationally or globally. Most of the people who come out have roots to either this area or farming, some even bring their own antique farming equipment to show case. The museum is always attracting people, just this month there have been visitors from Germany and France. Some of the displays include steam and gas tractors, farm equipment, and buildings; among these buildings are old homesteads, shops, schools, churches, and even an old MTS building!
Throughout Threshermans the museum is buzzing with activity; historical exhibits are brought to life with guides who are dressed the part and in character. There are also people that are grinding wheat and baking, which you are able to buy. For all the fashion lovers like myself, there is a fashion show! Of course it isn’t of modern fashions, but of old style clothing. The museum workers also take out some of the old farming equipment to show it off, like taking an old steam tractor around the track, or getting some horses and demonstrating how horse powered equipment is used. It is really cool to see what kind of equipment was used in the old days and how much farming has evolved in the last 100+ years. Check out the video below to see some of the displays at the museum!
Every day during Threshermans there are plenty of venues for entertainment, and every year there is a theme: this years themes are Massey (Farm equipment brand) and horsepower. Everyday there will be demos of Massey and horsepower equipment. The grand stand is where a large portion of the events happen, such as the parade and the rodeo. The parade takes place every afternoon and it includes a variety of farm equipment, the steam tractor being one of them, and horses also take part.
Now, last but certainly not least…my favorite parts of Threshermans: the rodeo, and the Corn and Barley Corral. The rodeo is by far the most exiting of all the events, and it happens every evening! There is a warm breeze though the jam-packed grand stands, kids on parents laps, men and women sitting on the fences, and the smell of food mixed with the smell of straw and dirt floats through the air. Anticipation for the rodeo to begin hangs in the air, after belting out the national anthem the show is on the road. When I go to watch the rodeo I always hangout on the fence with a bunch of friends and we get a great view! The rodeo has all the events any other rodeo has,
but to narrow it down I will share my favorites with you… Bull Riding…. Mutton Bustin…. Tie Down Roping…. and Bareback Riding! Bull riding is pretty self explanatory, it is when a very brave person hops on a bull that has a cinch around its waist that makes it buck. It is pretty intense to watch so I can only imagine what it is like to do! Mutton Bustin is soooo cute! It is when you put a kid on a sheep and see how long they can ride it before they fall off. Tie down roping is when a calf is released into the pen, and then a person on a horse has to chase the calf and rope it. After they successfully rope the calf they jump off their horse and tie three of their legs together. Bareback riding is very similar to bull riding, except that it is on a horse. There is a cinch around it’s waist causing it to buck, and all the rider has to hold onto is a single handle.
When the dust settles and the sun goes down, everyone winds down and migrates to the Corn and Barley Corral, where there is great music, and great times. I love the Corral because I get to dance and have fun with my friends! Every day and night there is live entertainment, check out the Threshermans page on the Manitoba Agricultural Museum website to see the set list, and to find out more about the Museum and Threshermans!
In closing, I would like to thank Niagara Falls for sponsoring the second blog challenge Niagara Falls is absolutely breath taking in its beauty, and I would definitely recommend taking your family there!
This week I challenge you to go out and explore your community or visit a tourist attraction in your area that you have never been to before
-Taylor Boehlig, Miss Teen Central Manitoba-World 2013