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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 2016. ALL OF THIS INFORMATION IS STILL HERE SO THAT YOU CAN SEE WHAT YOU MISSED!

2016 GATHERING
CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

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 the information becomes finalized, you'll start to see more underlined links below.


      The following schedule of events for the 2016 is still subject to change:

  • Wednesday, March 16       All buses leave from the RiverCenter South 3rd St. Exit. Please be prompt.
    • 7:30 a.m. - Bus #1 & 2 depart JD Ottumwa Works & Dave Cobler Collection
    • 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. - Check-In/Registration – RiverCenter First Floor Concourse
    • 12:00 noon - Bus departs for 12:30 p.m. tour of John Deere Harvester Works
    • 1:00 p.m. - Bus departs for Wallace Garden Center, Bettendorf, IA
    • 1:00 p.m. - Bus departs for John Deere Milan Parts Distribution Center
    • 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. - Vendor Area Open – Great River Hall
    • 7:00 p.m. - Opening Night Reception – “Forge to Farm”
            – RiverCenter North – Mississippi River Room (everyone is invited)

  • Thursday, March 17       All buses leave from the RiverCenter South 3rd St. Exit. Please be prompt.
    • 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. - Check-In/Registration – RiverCenter South First Floor Concourse
    • 7:30 a.m. - Bus departs for 8 a.m. tour of John Deere Seeding Group, Moline, IL
    • 8:00 a.m. - Bus departs for Quilting & Sewing in the River Valley
    • 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. - Workshops and Drop-In Sessions (see Workshop Schedule page)
    • 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. - Vendor Area Open – Great River Hall
    • 8:15 a.m. - Bus departs for Wyffels Hybrids & John Deere Historic Site
    • 9:30 a.m. - Bus departs for 10:00 a.m. tour of John Deere Harvester Works
    • 12:30 p.m. - Bus departs for 1:00 p.m. tour of John Deere Davenport Works
    • 7:00 p.m. - Evening Speaker – “From Clam Shells to Space
            – the Evolution of Farming in America” Don “Mac” McKinley DES MOINES ROOM

  • Friday, March 18       All buses leave from the RiverCenter South 3rd St. Exit. Please be prompt.
    • 7:00 – 5:00 p.m. - Check-In/Registration - RiverCenter South First Floor Concourse
    • 7:00 a.m. - Buses depart to Ken Kass Collection & JD Tractor & Engine Museum
    • 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. - Workshops and Drop-In Sessions (see Workshop Schedule page)
    • 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. - Vendor Area Open – Great River Hall
    • 9:15 a.m. - Bus departs for Exploring the Stores & Shops of Galena, Galena, IL
    • 9:30 a.m. - Bus departs for 10 a.m. tour of John Deere Harvester Works
    • 9:30 a.m. - Bus departs for 10:00 a.m. tour JD Milan Parts Distribution Center
    • 1:00 p.m. - Bus departs for 1:30 p.m. tour JD Milan Parts Distribution Center
    • 5:00 p.m. - Laugh at Beer & Bull Gears (location to be determined)
    • 7:00 p.m. - Fun Auction with Vern Mariman       MISSISSIPPI RIVER ROOM

  • Saturday, March 19       All buses leave from the RiverCenter South 3rd St. Exit. Please be prompt.
    • 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. - Check-In/Registration – RiverCenter South First Floor Concourse
    • 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. - Workshops and Drop-In Sessions (see Workshop Schedule page)
    • 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. - Vendor Area Open – Great River Hall
    • 8:30 a.m. - Bus departs for Cinnamon Ridge Farm, Donahue, IA
    • 8:45 a.m. - Bus departs for Kenny Bush Farms, Milan, IL
    • 10:00 a.m. - Bus departs for West Kimberly Mall Shopping & Lunch, Davenport, IA
    • 6:00 p.m. - Banquet – doors open at 5:15 p.m. – Mississippi River Hall
            Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jerry Apps – “Growing up on the Family Farm”

  • If you have any questions....
    Please e-mail:   info@gatheringofthegreen.com