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These are the pics of the two quarters of canola that we harvested for our local arena in Donnelly, Alberta, Canada. What we do is we get the seed, fertilizer and chemical donated by different company's, and then we all pitch in. Usually whoever gets done seeding first will head over with their machine. Spray app. is also done by whoever has time, same with swathing. Of course when it comes to harvesting everyone and their dog comes out, it's a blast!! There were a couple of years where the same couple of guys did pretty much all the work, these guys know who they are and they are great people who have gone above and beyond.

We started doing this about 8 yrs. ago and it has enabled us to keep our local arena running smoothly and continue to improve on the facility. With the rising costs of utilities, insurance and wages; it was very difficult to operate in the black even though the rink was busy. The idea was brought up at a board meeting by a member who farms, he suggested finding a quarter of land that someone wanted to rent out and then see if local Ag. businesses would be interested in each donating a portion of the inputs. The rest is history.

It's neat to see, our arena was built 28 yrs. ago through volunteer work when other neighboring towns didn't feel it was necessary to have our own Arena, and now we keep it going strong through the next generation of young farmers and other locals who believe in keeping a facility like this operational for the kids and community togetherness.


The older fellas talking about the good old days.
All these guys and many others were involved directly in building our arena 28 yrs. ago.


My buddy Wayne posing in all his greatness



READY-SET-GOOOOOOOOOO!!! The guy in the orange shirt was our beautiful middle aged manly race flag girl, haha!!Way to go Clem.



Lap # 1. Look at the red monsters on the right leading the pack!!



Phew! Here come the green limper's,haha! Actually, one neighbor had a new 9860 Bullet Rotor, it was impressive. Just getting in shots while I can.



Me in my 2188 dumping and my neighbor dumping his cart.


Me and my buddy Russ taking it all in.


A birds eye view.


Me, in the blue coveralls inspecting the 9860 and listening to the John Deere salesman list off the goods.



Look at them poor guys, drooling over my machine.



What a day, money raised and cold beers with the best people I know.
 

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The tread title says it all --> Great pics!!!

+1 for posting it on here


Also very interesting to hear about how you all chip in to help the local community - there should be more of you people around

- Peter
 

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Yeah, you guys nailed it. These people are fantastic, there are a few of them who have really gone above and beyond to keep our hockey arena operting. Just glad to have a forum to share what these people have done, very much appreciated. The young kids who have been able to continue to use this facility is what it's all about. I remember spending so much time playing hockey with my friends and staying out of trouble. And today we all play hockey or skate and use the rink to it's full capacity. As everyone knows, in a small town in canada; a facility like this is so important.
 

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Nice story. I'll second that about a small Canadian town and their hockey arena. That looks like Busch in Cans? Thought you were Canadian:) Just kidding I drink the stuff, but in bottles.

Take care,

Nathan
 

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Quote:Nothing like a cold beer after a long day. But i would think everyone knows coors light the king of beer


I'll second that!!


I agree about the beer at least...........but the brand....cough cough. lol

Great pictures. I definitly miss that about a small town. Luckily I live in a big city with the small town feel. Im glad to see its not only South Louisiana that likes to take care of our neighbors. Thanks for sharing those pictures.
 

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Thanks for all the great feedback. I've been telling the guys that I posted it on here and looks like we may get a few new recruits. My buddy Wayne who was posing "in all his greatness" was really happy that I posted that great shot of him. hahahha. You know how rough we all look at the end of the fall run.
 

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Speaking of community spirit, i found these pictures, and an interesting story with them as well.



31 semis.....(31 combines and 31 semis took care of 900 acres in 4 1/2 hours.







The farmer that owned this land was diagnosed with a brain tumor, and could not harvest his crops, so all the neighbors ralleyd together, and harvested all of 900 acres. 31 combines and 31 semis took care of 900 acres in 4 1/2 hours.
 

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those are some really awesome pic's.....

its great when that happen's....i also like the pic of the deere salesman talking about how great the rotor is


I always listen when i hear or see that going on.....

Looks like you guys had some really good combines going that day....

Thanks for posting...i always love seeing pic's no matter what the color is or age..

i really love the old one's...

I seen the video to song of the south by alabama and they showed a combine being pulled by 12 or 16 horse's and it really caught my eye..

have a great harvest and thanks!!!!
 

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I seen the video to song of the south by alabama and they showed a combine being pulled by 12 or 16 horse's and it really caught my eye..



I also happened to see that same video on CMT--at the hospital when I went in to have my baby. That was over 7 years ago, too, and I have not seen that one since! I'd love to get a copy of that one, because Alabama is one of my favorite bands and the combine you speak of, is a Holt.
 
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