By Tom Collins
VANKLEEK HILL — Wilson Farms Grain Storage and Elevation’s annual growers day is switching locations after a theft of a US $12,000 Leon horse wagon a week after the event two years ago.
While there’s no guarantee the thief was at the elevator during the 2016 customer appreciation day, it was enough to convince the elevator owners to move locations.
“You really don’t need people snooping around the farm,” said Maria Wilson. “There are people there you don’t know and that no one knows, so it’s a pretty good sign that it had something to do with that day.”
There are only a couple of hundred wagons in Canada and the U.S., as it is built in Europe.
The Wilsons put out a $3,000 reward for its return, and that reward still stands.
“We still have hope that we might find it someday,” said Wilson.
The annual growers day this year will take place on June 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Vankleek Hill fairgrounds at 92 Main St W. The itinerary is also changing. There will be no guest speakers, but there will be a free lunch of barbecued hot dogs and hamburgers.