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Michichi family donates century-old threshing machine

The Canadian Press

A century-old wooden Champion threshing machine has made its way to Mallaig in Northern Alberta for the town’s Haying in the 30s pioneer program after a generous donation by Lyle and Diana Rowe of Michichi.

 The machine was loaded on Oct. 18 and will make its way to the town, some 32 kilometres north of St. Paul.

 “The program up there is very similar to the Pioneer Acres’ initiative, except their key theme is fundraising for cancer research and development,” said Lyle and Diana. “We will make the trek up to the St. Paul and Mallaig district whence the weather makes a positive improvement.”

 Local volunteer Gerry Nielsen, from Drumheller, helped Lyle and Diana make the connection with Haying in the 30s.

 The two-day event, which started in 1999, is normally held over the August long weekend, though it had to be cancelled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 It is 100 per cent by donation to provide financial support to those undergoing cancer treatments. To date it has helped provide assistance to “more than 5,000 individuals diagnosed with cancer” in the Lakeland Region of Northern Alberta and beyond.

 The event showcases what it was like to make hay in the 1930s and boasts a large viewing zoo, a pony merry-go-round, pig roast, and various other entertainments including a hoe-down on the Saturday evening.

By Lacie Nairn, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter / The Drumheller Mail