John Deere enthusiasts expected at ‘Gathering of the Green’
DAVENPORT — Thousands of antique John Deere tractor enthusiasts from across the United States and Canada are traveling to the Quad Cities in March to attend the Gathering of the Green conference.
The Gathering of the Green is a biannual event for John Deere two-cylinder and new generation tractor enthusiasts and collectors. Throughout the years, thousands of event participants have traveled to the Quad Cities from coast to coast and from foreign countries to spend time with fellow collectors and fans.
This year’s event will be March 19-22 at the RiverCenter in downtown Davenport. With the theme, “Preserving America’s Heritage,” the convention-style conference will offer admirers of John Deere antique two-cylinder tractors and implements an opportunity to enjoy workshops and shop the vendor area. Plans also include evening speakers, John Deere factory tours, an auction and spouse activities.
More than 60 technical and historical workshops will be presented during the three days, and more than 70 vendors will be offering services; new, used, and reproduction parts; manuals; books; tires; signs; decals; art; clothing; and memorabilia.
The extensive displays this year will mirror the 2014 “Gathering” theme “Preserving America’s Heritage.” Visitors can view significant tractors from yesteryear as well as interesting implements from the past. They can tour though a machine shed and see a timeline of John Deere equipment; watch for the John Deere silo in the RiverCenter Atrium.
Evening speakers include: Charlie Gause and keynote speaker Ken Buell. Both are retired from Deere & Company.
Pre-conference online registration has closed, but visitors can register and pay at the door. Full conference registration is $35; a one-day pass at the door is $10.
For more information, visit www.gatheringofthegreen.com.
Once again, members of the four sponsoring two-cylinder tractor clubs in central and northern Illinois and eastern Iowa have worked for many months to put together another conference — Deer Valley Collectors, Illinois Valley Two-Cylinder Club, North Eastern Illinois Two-Cylinder Club, and Northwest Illinois Two-Cylinder Club.