"Gathering of the Green"

A biennial nationwide conference for
John Deere collectors, restorers & enthusiasts.

THE GATHERING OF THE GREEN'S TOUR GURU IS ONCE AGAIN OFFERING EVERYONE'S FAVORITE CONFERENCE ACTIVITY IN 2022

TRIPS & TOURS - 2022

These are the highlights      Hi, I'm Meli, your tour guide. Tours will be confirmed on a first come, first served basis. When you register for the full conference, you will be given the opportunity to book your tours. Please register early to secure your spot on these popular tours.

     You may notice some reduced capacities in the number of tours we are able to confirm for spring of 2022.

     Please note that John Deere factories are not offering tours, but we have some great new experiences and some past popular tours too.

     If a tour you want is showing sold out during registration, please click the waitlist button and will contact you if it becomes available. Please register early to secure your spot on these popular tours.




WEDNESDAY MARCH 16, 2022: GOG TOURS

McKinley/Huber Ag Museum - Knapheide Manufacturing (Limit:50)

Departs at 7:00 AM and returns approximately 5:00 PM.

Cost $55.00 includes transportation, lunch, and admission.

The McKinley/Huber Ag Museum is a step back to life on the farm in the 1930's. With a passion for preserving history, Mack and Marvin have collected a vast assortment memorabilia, farm equipment, household treasures and the stories of how it was used. We are thankful they have invited us back. If you have gone before, I'll bet you missed something!

Knapheide manufacturing started in 1848, 173 years ago building wagons. They are still a family-owned company today. They have had the foresight to change with the consumer needs. Some of us remember the Knapheide bodies on the farm grain and cattle trucks from our youth. The location we will tour makes truck utility bodies for the ever-growing service industry.

Sindt & Rohlena Collections (Limit: 52)

Departs at 7:15 AM and returns approximately 4:00 PM.

Cost $55.00 includes transportation, lunch, and admission.

This trip will include a walk on the dark side. Starting out at Sindt's ever growing collection, Darold has several buildings in Keystone, Ia. packed full of John Deere treasurers you'll wish were yours. Part of his collection is housed in the building where he started as a John Deere mechanic. They are adding things every day!

After lunch you will take a walk on the "Dark Side". You will visit Marvin and Bonnie Rohlena's red collection. They have a huge building full of beautiful IH tractors & equipment for you to check out, see if you can find the John Deere in their collection. The Rohlenas are very nice people and happy to share their collection with us.

Deere-Wiman and Butterworth Homes (Limit 45)

Tour 9:30 AM and returns approximately noon.

Cost $25.00 includes transportation and admission.

In 1872, Charles Deere had this home built for his wife Mary and their children. It was built on the bluff overlooking the John Deere Plow factory. It survived a fire and has been altered over the years to accommodate the family's needs. Deere descendants would live in the home for the next 100 years. It is an interesting part of Deere history.

In 1892 Charles Deere built this home for his youngest daughter Katherine and her husband William Butterworth. Over the years the Butterworths triple the size of the home, including beautiful gardens. As your tour take you through this home, you will see how life was for the Butterworths during the early 1900's.

Rock Island Arsenal Museum and Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center Tours

Departs at 7:30 AM and returns at 11:30 AM.

Cost: $30 Limit: 48

Departs at 12:30 PM and returns at 4:30 PM.

Cost: $30 Limit: 24

Includes Rock Island Historical Society donation and transportation.

The Rock Island Arsenal tours will consist of two parts, the U.S. Army Museum, and the JMTC. The AM group with 48 people will be divided into two groups and then switch to ensure that all participants experience both the museum and JMTC. The PM tour will go together to both areas. Both groups will have the same amount of time in each area.

The Rock Island Arsenal Museum is the U.S. Army's second oldest Museum, established on July 4, 1905. It explores the history of the Arsenal and Arsenal Island from 1816 to today. The tour will consist of a behind the scenes tour of the collections of the Museum and history of Rock Island Arsenal. Among the highlights will be Serial #1 of the Rock Island Arsenal Produced M1903 Springfield, equipment produced at Rock Island Arsenal, and experimental weapons designed at Rock Island Arsenal.

The Rock Island Arsenal - Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center consists of over 3 million sq. ft. of manufacturing space. This state-of-the-art, vertically integrated metal manufacturing facility is a readiness provider for the Department of Defense, designed to meet the needs of America's Warfighter. The facility can create product from the initial alloying and casting of raw material through all the manufacturing processes required to deliver a finished part or system all under one roof. At any given time, over 300 projects are running through the factory including items as small as a spring to as big as an Ambulance.

Please note this tour will be a walking tour and equal approximately 1-1/2 miles. Participants must be over the age of 16, wear a face mask in accordance with Illinois guidelines, have long pants and closed toed shoes and abide to no photography or video photography guidelines. Ear and eye protection will be provided upon arrival.

THURSDAY MARCH 17, 2022: GOG TOURS

Iowa 80 Trucking Museum (Limit: 45)

Departs at 9:30 AM and returns around 12:00 PM.

Cost $15.00 includes transportation, and a museum donation.

Trucks are involved in almost all things we use or eat in life. They may frustrate us on the highways, but we need them. The I-80 Truck Museum has preserved some of the iconic trucks from the past, when trucks went 30mph, not the 70mph of today. Take a look at the hard rubber tires and open chain drive. You might even find one with a John Deere Corn Sheller on it.

Kinze Manufacturing and Jon Kinzenbaw Collection (Limit: 90) (Sorry, SOLD OUT.)

Departs at 8:00 AM and returns around 4:30 PM.

Cost $55.00 includes transportation, lunch, and admission.

Any Tobacco products are prohibited on both tours.

This tour will take you to the Kinze Manufacturing company to see how they produce farm equipment and the Kinze Innovation Center. This tour will also include an opportunity to see Jon's personal tractor collection. YOU WILL BE IMPRESSED! The Gathering of the Green thanks Jon for allowing us to have a tour of his personal collection.

In 1965, 21-year-old Jon Kinzenbaw open a small welding shop. Thru hard work and a talent for inventing things, Kinzenbaw has created a manufacturing giant. Jon was also famous for his "Kinze Repowers". In the late 60's and early 70's when American farmer wanted more powerful tractors, Jon filled the need. He installed higher horsepower V8 diesel engines in farm tractors to fulfill the farmer's needs. In addition to the manufacturing, Jon farmed and collected tractors.

The Kenny Bush Museum (Limit: 45)

Departs at 9:30 AM and returns at noon

Cost $20.00 includes transportation, refreshments, and admission.

The Bush Family will be your hosts for this tour, starting refreshments, in part of the barn with a farm windmill on the ceiling. Kenny had a history with Deere, from appearing on New Generation sales brochures, to Deere combine testing in Kenny's fields. Kenny bought the one room schoolhouse he attended and recreated it on one level of the barn. You will enjoy visiting the Kenny Bush Museum.

Rock Island Arsenal Museum and Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center Tours

Departs at 7:30 AM and returns at 11:30 AM.

Cost: $30 Limit: 48

Departs at 12:30 PM and returns at 4:30 PM.

Cost: $30 Limit: 24

Includes Rock Island Historical Society donation and transportation.

The Rock Island Arsenal tours will consist of two parts, the U.S. Army Museum, and the JMTC. The AM group with 48 people will be divided into two groups and then switch to ensure that all participants experience both the museum and JMTC. The PM tour will go together to both areas. Both groups will have the same amount of time in each area.

The Rock Island Arsenal Museum is the U.S. Army's second oldest Museum, established on July 4, 1905. It explores the history of the Arsenal and Arsenal Island from 1816 to today. The tour will consist of a behind the scenes tour of the collections of the Museum and history of Rock Island Arsenal. Among the highlights will be Serial #1 of the Rock Island Arsenal Produced M1903 Springfield, equipment produced at Rock Island Arsenal, and experimental weapons designed at Rock Island Arsenal.

The Rock Island Arsenal - Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center consists of over 3 million sq. ft. of manufacturing space. This state-of-the-art, vertically integrated metal manufacturing facility is a readiness provider for the Department of Defense, designed to meet the needs of America's Warfighter. The facility can create product from the initial alloying and casting of raw material through all the manufacturing processes required to deliver a finished part or system all under one roof. At any given time, over 300 projects are running through the factory including items as small as a spring to as big as an Ambulance.

Please note this tour will be a walking tour and equal approximately 1-1/2 miles. Participants must be over the age of 16, wear a face mask in accordance with Illinois guidelines, have long pants and closed toed shoes and abide to no photography or video photography guidelines. Ear and eye protection will be provided upon arrival.

FRIDAY MARCH 18, 2022: GOG TOURS

Deere Wiman House and Butterworth Center (Limit:45)

Departs at 9:30 AM and returns approximately 12:00 PM.

Cost $25.00 includes transportation and admission.

In 1872, Charles Deere built the Deere-Wiman house for his wife Mary and their children. The home sat high on a bluff overlooking the John Deere Plow Works. It survived a fire in 1899 and has been altered over the years to accommodate four generations of his family. This home is an interesting part of Deere history and will give you the opportunity to see how the wealthy of the Mississippi River Valley lived in the 1800's and beyond. In 1892 Charles Deere built the Butterworth home for his youngest daughter Katherine and her husband William Butterworth. Over the years the Butterworths tripled the size of the home, including beautiful gardens. As your tour take you through this home, you will see how life was for the Butterworths during the early 1900's.

Big River Resources Ethanol Plant (Limit:52)

Departs 8:00 AM, Returns approximately 2:00 PM

Cost $45.00 Lunch included Limit 52

You have all seen the sign on the gas pump, 10 percent Ethanol or 15 percent Ethanol, what does that mean and how do we get Ethanol? This tour will take you to the Big River Resources Ethanol plant near West Burlington, Ia. Hopefully your question about where Ethanol comes from and how it is made will be answered on this tour. Is there a byproduct from this process and what do they do with that? How many gallons can they make in a day? These are questions that will be answered on this tour.

Wyffels Hybrid's / Bishop Hill (Limit 52)

Departs at 8:30 AM and returns approximately 3:30 PM.

Cost $50.00 includes transportation, lunch, and admission.

In the 1940's Bill Wyffels started producing seed oats for area farmers. By the 1950' s the demand for seed oats had declined. Bill Wyffels changed direction and started producing seed corn and has been in the seed corn business ever since. The Wyffels Hybrid has become a major supplier of seed corn in the industry today, under sons Bob and Bill Jr's guidance. This is your chance to get a hands-on tour Wyffels state of the art facility and learn what it takes to test, produce, and process seed corn.

In 1846 a group of Swedish immigrants followed Eric Janson to the New World to seek religious freedom. They sent a scout ahead to purchase land for their community. The purchase was now what is Bishop Hill, Il. Originally, they lived in a commune settlement. Janson was murdered in a dispute at the Henry County Court House and the commune system was abandon. Your tour guide will fill you in one the details of the settlement.

Cinnamon Ridge Farm (Limit 45)

Departs at 9:15 AM and returns approximately 12:45 PM.

Cost $30.00 includes transportation and admission.

John and Joan Maxwell farm on the cutting edge of technology, from their livestock operation to their crop production. They will tell you all about their unique farming operation, from a 250-cow prize winning herd of Jerseys (that are milked robotically), to production of 400 bushel per acre corn. This year we have been able to get a tour of their pork production also. The Maxwells asked me to make this tour a little longer, they have many new things to share with you. They host tours for groups from all over the world. Should be an interesting day at the farm. <

Rock Island Arsenal Museum and Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center Tours

Departs at 7:30 AM and returns at 11:30 AM.

Cost: $30 Limit: 48

Departs at 12:30 PM and returns at 4:30 PM.

Cost: $30 Limit: 24

Includes Rock Island Historical Society donation and transportation.

The Rock Island Arsenal tours will consist of two parts, the U.S. Army Museum, and the JMTC. The AM group with 48 people will be divided into two groups and then switch to ensure that all participants experience both the museum and JMTC. The PM tour will go together to both areas. Both groups will have the same amount of time in each area.

The Rock Island Arsenal Museum is the U.S. Army's second oldest Museum, established on July 4, 1905. It explores the history of the Arsenal and Arsenal Island from 1816 to today. The tour will consist of a behind the scenes tour of the collections of the Museum and history of Rock Island Arsenal. Among the highlights will be Serial #1 of the Rock Island Arsenal Produced M1903 Springfield, equipment produced at Rock Island Arsenal, and experimental weapons designed at Rock Island Arsenal.

The Rock Island Arsenal - Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center consists of over 3 million sq. ft. of manufacturing space. This state-of-the-art, vertically integrated metal manufacturing facility is a readiness provider for the Department of Defense, designed to meet the needs of America's Warfighter. The facility can create product from the initial alloying and casting of raw material through all the manufacturing processes required to deliver a finished part or system all under one roof. At any given time, over 300 projects are running through the factory including items as small as a spring to as big as an Ambulance.

Please note this tour will be a walking tour and equal approximately 1-1/2 miles. Participants must be over the age of 16, wear a face mask in accordance with Illinois guidelines, have long pants and closed toed shoes and abide to no photography or video photography guidelines. Ear and eye protection will be provided upon arrival.

SATURDAY MARCH 19, 2022: GOG TOURS

Combines, Tractors & Everything Else (Limit 52) (Sorry, SOLD OUT.)

Departs at 7:30 AM and returns around 3:30 PM.

Cost $55.00 includes transportation, lunch, and admission.

Located in the rolling hills of Northern Illinois, Chris has a passion for collecting unusual combines which he will share with you while looking at some of machines.

A few miles away, Jim Ludwig has collection of "New Gen" 30 series tractors. Some are beautifully restored; some are still waiting. You will also be served lunch in Jim's immaculate shop and office.

A short bus ride away, we will visit a gentlemen's farm, he collects everything. Tractors, lawn tractors, hit-n-engines, old farm equipment and more. Andy is a master craftsman and has built small buildings to display his collections. Without a doubt, there will be a lot to look at here!

Cinnamon Ridge Farm (Limit 45)

Departs at 9:15 AM and returns around 12:45 PM.

Cost $30.00 includes transportation and admission.

John and Joan Maxwell's farm is on the cutting edge of technology, from their livestock operation to their crop production. They will educate you all about their unique farming operation, from a 250-cow prize winning herd of Jerseys (that are milked robotically), to production of 400 bushel per acre corn. New in 2022, we will get a tour of their pork production also. They host tours for groups from all over the world. Should be an interesting day at the farm.

The Kenny Bush Museum (Limit: 45)

Departs at 9:30 AM and returns at noon.

Cost $20.00 includes transportation, refreshments, and admission.

The Bush Family will be your hosts for this tour, starting with refreshments in part of the barn with a windmill on the ceiling. Kenny had a history with Deere, from appearing on New Generation sales brochures, to Deere combine testing in Kenny's fields. Kenny bought the one room schoolhouse he attended and recreated it on one level of the barn. You will enjoy visiting the Kenny Bush Museum.





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