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"Gathering of the Green"
A biennial nationwide conference for
John Deere collectors, restorers & enthusiasts.

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THE VENDORS' LIST IS ONLINE

The list of vendors for the 2012 Gathering has been posted on the VENDORS PAGE.

SPEED UP THE REGISTRATION PROCESS – REGISTER ONLINE NOW!!

Have you registered? You can do so quickly by registering online. Did you know that almost 400 Gathering enthusiasts have opted to register online? If you are not computer literate, find a friend or relative to help or call our friends at Davenport Tractor for assistance.... 563-323-2295 -- Mon.-Fri., 8 to 4 and Sat. from 8 to noon. Make your plans now and get registered. Feb. 15 is the initial deadline. This is one show you shouldn't miss. Ask anyone who has attended before.

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS

You can read full descriptions of the Gathering of the Green workshops on the WORKSHOPS PAGE.

STATUS OF TRIPS AND TOURS ON JAN. 2, 2012

The following trips/tours are closed (full): Kinze Mfg., JD Waterloo (Engine Works & Assembly Plant), Deere Homes, Galena Shopping & Lunch, Big River Resources (ethanol), Bush Museum.

The following trips/tours are still open: Wallace Garden Center, Bishop Hill, JD Dubuque and the Blackhawk Luncheon.

THE GATERING IS MORE THAN TRIPS AND TOURS:

ALTHOUGH, SEVERAL TOURS ARE FULL, KEEP IN MIND THAT THERE ARE "TONS" OF THINGS TO DO AT THE GATHERING .... 50 TECHNICAL AND HISTORIAL WORKSHOP, VENDORS GALORE, EVENING SPEAKERS, FUN AUCTION AND BANQUET .... PLUS DISPLAYS .... AND TIME TO GET REACQUAINTED WITH OLD FRIENDS AND MAKE NEW ONES .... AND TO TALK TRACTORS ALL DAY LONG.

Scheduled buses will take Gathering folks interested in shopping to the North Park Mall in Davenport and to quaint East Davenport. In addition, there will be scheduled buses to the newly renovated John Deere Pavilion in Moline.

ONLINE Registration for 2012 is now open

You can register ONLINE or you can mail in your registration form for the 2012 Gathering of the Green. Find out how to do it either way on the REGISTRATION PAGE.

Winner of Favicon Contest announced

The "judges" have chosen a favicon for the Gathering of the Green web site. A favicon is the little logo that appears at the far left of the address line in your browser. Depending on which browser you use, it might also appear at the left side of your active tab. Ours was designed by Dave McEachren of Glencoe, Ontario, Canada. Congratulations Dave, you'll receive a free 2012 commemorative hat and pin from the Gathering of the Green.

Oh, In case anyone can't see the favicon, it looks like this...

SATURDAY LUNCHEON AND SPEAKER
AT BEAUTIFUL HOTEL BLACKHAWK

Another outstanding activity has been added to the "Gathering" agenda. Ladies (and guys too), put this special luncheon on your "Gathering" calendar for Saturday, March 17. It will be held in the Davenport Room of the Hotel Blackhawk (next to the RiverCenter). This lovely room has been artfully restored to its original grandeur and will provide the perfect setting for a delicious lunch. Sally Lang, Manager, Dealer Licensing for Deere & Company, will be our guest speaker. She will share her experiences growing up in a dealer family (her father was a central Iowa John Deere dealer for 42 years), helping out in her father's store, traveling with him to visit John Deere dealers around the country when he served as president of the National Farm Equipment Dealer's Association, and serving as a long-time Deere employee herself. See the Trips/Tours page for details.

Tours of John Deere Factories

With assistance from Deere & Company, Gathering planners have arranged for tours of the following factories:

  • John Deere Harvester Works, East Moline, IL - combines
  • John Deere Seeding Group, Moline, IL - Max-Emerge Planters & Flexi Planters
  • John Deere Davenport Works, Davenport, IA - articulated dump trucks, loaders, motor graders, log skidders, wheel feller bunchers, felling heads and cabs
  • John Deere Engine Works, Waterloo, IA - 40 to 600 hp engines... Tour is full.
  • John Deere Tractor Works, Waterloo, IA - assembles tractors from 105 to 300 hp... Tour is full.
  • John Deere Dubuque Works, Dubuque, IA - crawler dozers, crawler loaders, skid steers, backhoe loaders, forestery track feller bunchers, track harvesters, knuckleboom loaders, harvesters, winches and components for various heavy equipment. Tour is full.
Watch this site as well as information in the registration packet which will be sent to all prior primary registrants on or about Nov. 1, 2011. Call the Gathering information line at 815-910-2500 or e-mail Ken Reese at kwreese@aol.com if you wish to be added to the mailing list.

Another Reason to Attend the Gathering -- the Plow City Toy Show

The 32nd anniversary Plow City Toy Show will be held in conjunction with the 2012 Gathering of the Green. This long time and respected toy tractor and toy implement show will take place in the Radisson Quad City Plaza Hotel located adjacent to the RiverCenter on Friday, March 16 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, March 17, 2012 from 8 a.m. to noon.

  • Registered Gathering attendees will be admitted to the toy show at no charge
  • Others will pay an admission fee of $10 which will include admission to the Gathering for that day
Come to the Gathering, shop in the huge Gathering vendor hall, participate in the many activities and visit the toy show - you can do it all! Or come to the toy show and then walk over to the Gathering, check out the huge vendor area and the many Gathering activities.

If you are interested in being a vendor at the Plow City Show, please contact Eldon and Kaye Trumm at 563-855-3515 or 563-543-7937 . Other questions, contact Ken Reese at 815-578-8635 or e-mail him at kwreese@aol.com.

Displays

The displays for 2012 will focus on Generations of Power with emphasis on the 100 years of the new John Deere company when Deere became a full-line manufacturer. To that end, a segment of the displays will detail the history of some of the companies which Deere purchased around the turn of the 20th century. Be prepared for a treat! In addition, we think you will be delighted with replicas of John Deere dealerships during selected eras of those 100 years. Put the Gathering dates on your calendar now. March 14-17, 2012 in Davenport, IA. Send Ken Reese an e-mail if you would like to receive a registration packet - kwreese@aol.com/. .

Hotels

The Radisson Quad City Plaza hotel and the Hotel Blackhawk are now fully booked. We suggest you call the Clarion Inn at 563-391-1230 for hotel reservations. The Gathering has a large block of rooms reserved at the Clarion. It's located 3.8 miles from the RiverCenter (site of the Gathering). You can drive to the RiverCenter or take our free scheduled shuttle. When calling be sure to mention you will be attending the Gathering of the Green.

2012 Gator Raffle

Don't miss your chance to win a GATOR at the 2012 "Gathering of the Green" conference. Click on the "Gater" to find out more

Farming with Two-Cylinder Tractors in the 21st Century

Don Dufner is a successful North Dakota farmer who is well-known among two-cylinder enthusiasts across the USA and Canada. In this day and age of high-tech machines, Don and his family are still farming with two-cylinder tractors and they have done so for two generations. If you would like to learn what it’s like farming with antique John Deere equipment, be sure to join farmer-engineer Don Dufner for this most interesting session.

Gathering of the Green Belt Buckles for 2012

Do you like the 2012 Gathering logo? We think it's terrific!!! And to that end, 400 pewter (in color) belt buckles with the tractors from three eras will be cast and available for sale at the Gathering. See the logo on the home page of this site. Price will be $20. Have you made your hotel reservations?

GREAT NEWS!

Gathering fees for the 2012 conference will remain the same as in 2010. Registration will remain at $35 and the banquet will be $30. Where can you get a better deal with so much for so little? Have you made your hotel reservations? The Clarion (563-391-1230) located 3.8 miles from the RiverCenter still has some rooms available . Note that registration will open on or about November 1, 2011.

A Chronicle of John Deere History and Americana – Theo Brown

Willie Cade, the grandson of famous Deere engineer, Theo Brown, will lead a workshop at the 2012 Gathering which will introduce you to the interesting and successful career of Theo during the first half of the 20th century. At Deere & Company, Theo Brown headed the Experimental Department where he was responsible for over 150 patents involving farm machinery designs. Amazingly, from 1893 to 1971, Theo kept an extensive series of diaries – 65 volumes, detailing his career at Deere, his day-to-day family life and events of his time. Many of his design concepts were sketched out on pages of the diaries. Plan to attend Mr. Cade’s workshop at the 2012 Gathering as he introduces you to Theo including his many tractor and implement innovations for John Deere.

Interesting Workshop Planned – Lindeman Power Equipment Company

Most John Deere enthusiasts are familiar with the Lindeman crawler but they may not know the interesting and creative history of Jesse Lindeman and the Lindeman family. Interestingly, the Gathering planners have learned about Ted Adams of Yakima, WA, a friend of Jesse Lindeman who worked for him in the new family business, Northwest Equipment Company, after the family sold the Lindeman Power Equipment Company which modified the John Deere tractors into crawlers. Over the years, Ted was able to acquire photos, scrapbooks and detailed history of the company and he has graciously agreed to lead a workshop on this topic during the 2012 Gathering of the Green.

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