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"Gathering of the Green"

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

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT TOOK PLACE IN MARCH OF 2012. ALL OF THIS INFORMATION IS STILL HERE SO THAT YOU CAN SEE WHAT YOU MISSED!

“Gathering” Highlights

These are the highlights      Hi, I'm Meli. One of my duties as hostess of the "Gathering" web site is to tell you about the scheduled activities and attractions of this conference. As more information comes in, you'll see more underlined links below. Also, each picture in the slideshow at the left is a highlight from a previous conference. If you click on one, you'll go to the page that describes that feature for 2012.
Conference Dates: March 14*, 15, 16, & 17, 2012 (*conference opens @ 6 p.m. on March 14)
Location: River Center (convention), 136 E. Third St., Davenport, Iowa 52801
Room Reservations: See Hotels
Registration opens Nov. 1, 2011 and closes Feb. 15, 2012
Registration materials are available on this site or call “Gathering” Information @ 815-910-2500 or contact Ken Reese at 815-578-8635 or e-mail kwreese@aol.com.
Registration is also available ONLINE.
Important: Club membership IS NOT REQUIRED to attend.

Now is the time to make plans for the 2012 conference. Come and enjoy –
  • An opening evening reception with American music
  • Displays in the River Center emphasizing the theme, “Generations of Power.”
  • Approximately 50 technical and historical workshops led by experts on many and varied topics
  • Drop-in sessions for one-on-one contact with technical experts
  • 70+ vendors offering a wide assortment of items of interest to John Deere enthusiasts
  • Evening speakers: Ken Buell - "Demonstrating the Difference", Corey Rabe – "Keeping Everyone Happy: John Deere Dealers, Service Personnel & Customers", Holly Spangler – "Tales of a Young Farm Wife".
  • Tours including the Kinze Manufacturing and Kinzenbaw Tractor Collection; Wallace Garden Center; Deere Wiman House and Butterworth Center, John Deere Pavilion and John Deere Store; Bishop Hill Historic Site and John Deere Historic Site; Historic Galena, Illinois; Big River Resources (ethanol plant); Attachment Distribution Warehouse and I-80 Truck Museum.
  • John Deere Factory Tours
  • Fun Auction
  • Saturday Luncheon with guest speaker, Sally Lang at the historic Hotel Blackhawk
  • Banquet with keynote speaker, Ray Defenbaugh - "Life of a Farmer".
  • “Gathering of the Green” 2012 hats and pins
  • Activities for the Ladies: Make & Take, Quilting; Flowers & Bows; Basket Weaving; Handwriting Analysis; Jewelry Making
  • 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 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, March 17, 2012 from 9 a.m. to noon.

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