Touring the Gathering of the Green, March 14-17, 2012
by Terri Keitel
Generations of Power: a good theme name to describe the tractors, equipment and even the people who gathered at the 7th Gathering of the Green in Davenport, Iowa.
March 14-17, 2012, marked the most recent Gathering, with John Deere enthusiasts who traveled from all parts of the U.S., Canada and places around the world to be a part of this special conference. Held at the RiverCenter in Davenport, the Gathering has become the foremost convention-style conference dedicated to antique John Deere tractors & equipment.
This year’s theme focused on the 100th year anniversary of John Deere becoming a full-line company. The four sponsoring John Deere antique tractor clubs - Deer Valley Collectors, Illinois Valley, North Eastern Illinois and Northwest Illinois - joined forces with their time and talents to make this another memorable event. These volunteers set up beautiful displays throughout the RiverCenter that reflect the many aspects of the 100 year evolution of the modern John Deere Company from 1912-2012. There were re-created dealerships and factory displays from that time period along with a replica workshop.
A gaggle of green guys from the New York State Two Cylinder Expo Assn., having a good time.
As part of this conference there were many workshops, speakers and tours that everyone could participate in, as well as vendors set up through the conference for attendees to visit and patronize. So much to learn, so much to see and do!
To read more about the Gathering of the Green, read the article in the March 2012 Farm Collector issue, pages 32-33!
This show runs every other year, and I know a lot of people who are looking forward to the next one in 2014, including me!
See you down the road!