A tribute to Canada’s military heritage will be the feature exhibition at the 60th annual Threshermen’s Reunion and Stampede this week in Austin.
The event kicks off at the Manitoba Agricultural Museum on Thursday and runs through Sunday.
Events include threshing-machine demonstrations, rodeo events, live music and an outdoor dance.
Each year, the reunion highlights a new feature exhibit, and this year’s will be the largest collection of operating vintage military vehicles in one place in Manitoba.
“We have vehicles coming from all across Manitoba and a few from Saskatchewan,” said Elliot Sims, feature exhibition chair. “Most of them are coming from private collections, and some from museums around the province.”
The RCA Museum in CFB Shilo will have volunteers taking some vehicles and equipment to the event.
Other military-related demonstrations and presentations will include a Life in the Trenches presentation, the RCAF Air Command Band and the 2PPCLI Regimental Drum Line.
“We have been talking about this for at least two years,” Sims said. “With the anniversaries of both wars, it seemed like a fitting time to pay tribute.”
Currently serving military personnel can get a 50 per cent discount on admission upon showing their military identification cards.
More information on the Threshermen’s Reunion and Stampede can be found online at ag-museum.com.
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