If you’re a devoted John Deere fan, chances are you know that 2018 is the 100th anniversary of John Deere entering the farm tractor business through the acquisition of the Waterloo Gasoline Engine Company in 1918.
That’s the focus of this year’s Gathering of the Green, a biannual event for John Deere two-cylinder and New Generation tractor collectors, restorers and enthusiasts, which is March 21-24, 2018, at the RiverCenter in downtown Davenport, Iowa.
About 596 different tractor models were designed, produced and sold during this era including the revered Two-Cylinder, New Generation and Generation II tractors, which are collected, restored, and enjoyed by devotees around the world.
The 2018 theme is “Legend, Made Legacy," which commemorates the centennial year of John Deere’s tractor business with iconic tractors and implements, and also takes a step back into the American farm yard of the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s.
The event includes:
- 60+ technical and historical workshops by top expects.
- Tours of John Deere factories, ag-related sites, and Quad Cities popular attractions.
- Speakers Deere Archivist, Neil Dahlstrom, and Deere’s director of Global Tractor Portfolio Development, Graham Thompson.
- 70-80 vendors that offer restoration services, parts, memorabilia, books and manuals, tires, decals, signs, and more.
- Friday Night Fun Banquet and Auction and Saturday’s closing banquet.
Conference registration is only $40. Go to http://www.gatheringofthegreen.com/ for detailed information about the conference including online registration, list of workshops, tours, and vendors to date. Full conference attendees receive the souvenir program. Single Day registration is available at the door for $10.
Source: Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau