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March 16, 17, 18 & 19, 2016
RiverCenter, Davenport, Iowa

Gathering of the Green


The 2016 Gathering of the Green will be held on March 16, 17, 18 & 19, 2016, at the RiverCenter, Davenport, Iowa.

Hotel reservations are now being taken at the Radisson on John Deere Commons, Moline, IL (309-764-1000) located approximately 4 miles from the RiverCenter as well as the Quality Inn, 6605 Brady St., Davenport, IA (563-386-8336) located approximately 5 miles from the RiverCenter. The Radisson Quad City Plaza and the Hotel Blackhawk are fully reserved. When calling for reservations, be sure to mention you will be attending 2016 “Gathering of the Green.”

Continue to check back to this website and/or follow our Gathering FACEBOOK page for information as plans evolve.

For questions, you can message us on FACEBOOK, send an email to, or call/text 563-886-7383. Online registration will begin on or about October 1, 2015.

The Gathering Put-Puts along toward the 2016 Conference.

Gathering conference planners are exploring new and more in-depth topics for the 2016 conference. Tim Sweeney who built the unique Model 60 crawler will lead a workshop. Claude Butt will do a workshop on John Deere planters and Henkle Loctite rep, Brad Perkins will be back with a session on gasket sealants and threadlockers. Darren Redding hopes to add Deere factory racing team people to his seminar on snowmobiles and he will provide more technical information in his lawn & tractor workshop in 2016.

So you have the latest with more to come! If you haven’t put the Gathering on your calendar, please do so. March 16-19, 2016, RiverCenter, Davenport, Iowa. Come for the full conference, two days or just one day … whatever your schedule permits. Registration opens October 1. Follow us on FACEBOOK for more updates and keep checking this website or E-mail, or call/text Gathering information at 563-886-7383.

If you've never attended a Gathering, plan to attend in 2016, as it's a "must destination" for all John Deere enthusiasts.

Gathering Workshops 2016 include a Wide Range of Topics

In addition to traditional technical sessions about two-cylinder and New Generation tractors, Gathering planners work to address other interesting and essential agricultural-related topics. For 2016, the Gathering will include a workshop on BEE KEEPING … the Honeybee and Agriculture. One mouthful in three of the foods you eat directly or indirectly depends on pollination by honey bees. The value of bee pollination to U.S. agriculture is more than 14 billion dollars each year. So plan to join longtime and well-known beekeeper, Ron Fischer, for a most interesting session on the trials, tribulations and techniques of keeping bees.

This is another reason to put the 9th “Gathering of the Green” on your calendar …. March 16-19, 2016, RiverCenter, Davenport, Iowa. Registration opens October 1, 2015.

WELCOME to the Gathering of the Green

Would Mr. John Deere enjoy the Gathering of the Green?

We think he would and we think he would be truly amazed at the result of his creative work on a simple anvil in a one-forge shop over 175 years ago. What arose from that polished steel plow is a global company and the world’s largest manufacturer of agricultural equipment. The quality of his company has spawned a legion of admirers second to none. Yes, John Deere would be mightily impressed with the admiration and passion John Deere collectors and restorers have for his equipment. And yes, he would enjoy the Gathering…..workshops, vendors, trips/tours, speakers and displays and so would you….. so be sure to save the dates, March 16-19, 2016, River Center, Davenport, Iowa.

Do you hear the Ring of the Anvil?

It’s a call to place the “Gathering of the Green” 2016 on your calendar – March 16-19, 2016 at the RiverCenter, Davenport, Iowa. The Gathering 2016 hat pin with logo & theme will be available for sale when registration opens on October 1, 2015. As one enthusiast has said, “I get the same enjoyment and satisfaction from the Gathering of the Green as a five-year old does from Christmas.” Don’t miss this premier conference (our 9th) dedicated to John Deere two-cylinder and New Generation tractor and implement enthusiasts.

Gathering Plans for 2016 Move Ahead:
Thursday Featured Evening Speaker Selected

Don McKinley of Quincy, Illinois will be the Thursday, March 17 featured evening speaker during the 2016 “Gathering of the Green. His presentation FROM CLAM SHELLS TO SPACE will trace the evolution of farm equipment from the early settlers to the present including the two major revolutions that have occurred in agriculture. He will suggest that we are presently in a third revolution. He will attempt to answer the question as to why these revolutions have taken place in this country. Don will discuss some of the major contributions that Deere & Company have made to agriculture during the last 175 years. Tracing the evolution of farm equipment and implements has been a passion of Don’s since he retired. He was born in southwest Iowa and worked on the family farm until he graduated from college.

Don McKinley is a walking encyclopedia of agriculture history, an excellent speaker, retired after 33 years as an elementary principal. He is a two-cylinder and implement restorer, collector, longtime Gathering planner and co-creator with his son-in-law, Marvin Huber, of a highly acclaimed 1930’s Agriculture Museum on their small acreage in Quincy, Illinois.

This will be an informative and entertaining evening…one you won’t want to miss! Don McKinley is truly a gem in the John Deere antique tractor and implement hobby.

Banquet Keynote Speaker Selected

A gentleman from down on the farm, Jerry Apps will be the” Gathering of the Green” banquet keynote speaker during the 2016 conference - March 16-19, 2016. This well-known Wisconsin author, historian and PBS personality will share his experiences growing up on the family farm in central Wisconsin along with humorous anecdotes – a mixture of wit and wisdom. Jerry often shares memories like “I remember the Sears & Roebuck catalog that came each spring and fall, creating never-ending wishes and eventually ending up in the little house in back of the big house.” Jerry Apps is a Professor Emeritus (retired) from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and award winning author of more than 30 books, many of them on rural history and country life – with topics ranging from barns, one-room country schools, country boy pranks and early farm tractors to name a few. An excellent public speaker, Dr. Apps is often the keynote at agricultural organizations, historical societies and civic groups. Gathering planners are certain that conference attendees will enjoy a banquet evening with Jerry Apps.

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During the course of Gathering 2012, this writer was asked an interesting question by one of our guests…”Just why do you folks (the four sponsoring clubs) do this? (offer the “Gathering of the Green?”) I must say that I had to give that some thought.

The four sponsoring clubs meet every other year at Grand Detour, John Deere’s home, for a tractor show, and during a group meeting there during the 1999 show, Mark Johnson, an NEITCC member, shared that he had recently attended a conference sponsored by another tractor company. Given the fact that no such conference had ever been sponsored for John Deere enthusiasts, it was his opinion that our four groups together could create such an event for our faithful green and yellow collectors. After some serious conversation, the group agreed to give it a try, and the rest is history.

I know that bit of history doesn’t answer the original question…”Why do we do this?” We do this because of…YOU…ALL OF YOU! We do this because you are so very appreciative of our efforts and you offer your kind understanding when everything doesn’t run perfectly. We do this because of your generous, positive comments. We do this because you are friendly and eager to share your love of John Deere products. No one “talks tractors” better than GOG attendees. We thrive on your kindness, friendliness, and eagerness to strike up a conversation. You never fail to share your enthusiasm for the activities we have offered during the event, and that is so deeply appreciated. The amazingly kind comments so many of you share when completing the opinion form at the closing banquet are so meaningful for us. We honestly don’t know whether to smile or cry. Thank you so very much!

These are the volunteers who will be planning the 2012 Gathering of the Green So, that’s “why we do this.” Thank you so much for joining us at “Gathering of the Green” 2014 and for sharing your warmth and kindness so freely. It’s what keeps us going. If you weren’t able to join us, plan to do so in the future.

The "Gathering of the Green is sponsored by
four John Deere antique tractor clubs:
Deer Valley Collectors
Illinois Valley Two-Cylinder Club
North Eastern Illinois Twin-Cylinder Club
Northwest Illinois Deer Collectors

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