The seventh Gathering of the Green convention for John Deere tractor enthusiasts will take place March 14-17 in Davenport, Iowa, at the RiverCenter. Designed for John Deere antique two-cylinder buffs and New Generation tractor admirers, the convention is composed of restoration-related and historical workshops, drop-in question and answer sessions, vendors, tours, and displays.
"We anticipate that at least 75 vendors will be on hand to offer a variety of John Deere-related items from art to used tractor parts, from toys to tires, and from tractor restoration services to literature," says convention organizer Ken Reese. "You name the items in which you are interested; it's likely they will be available."
Trips and tours are scheduled for Quad Cities, Dubuque & Waterloo
Trips and tours will include John Deere factories in the Quad Cities, Dubuque and Waterloo, historic Bishop Hill, the Deere Homes, shopping in historic Galena, Big River Resources ethanol plant, Attachment Distribution Warehouse, and a return visit to the Kenny Bush Museum. Organizers have also planned trips to the John Deere Pavilion and nearby North Park Shopping Center.
Keynote speaker for Saturday evening's banquet is Ray Defenbaugh, an Illinois farmer and Prairie Farmer Master Farmer who's CEO of Big River Resources ethanol plant. Other evening speakers throughout the event include John Deere customer service manager Corey Rabe and Prairie Farmer's own Holly Spangler.
Over 2,000 John Deere fans from 37 states and Canada attended the 2010 event and Gathering of the Green coordinators note that membership in a tractor club is not required to attend. In addition, attendees can come for individual days or for the entire convention. Full conference registration is $35, and per day is $10. For information, check out www.gatheringofthegreen.com, call 815-910-2500 or email Ken Reese at [email protected]. Registration closes February 15, and all registration materials are available online or by request at the above number.