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"Gathering of the Green"

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

2018 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.


     The following schedule of events for 2018 is still subject to change:

Wednesday, March 21      All buses leave from the RiverCenter South 3rd Street Exit. Please be prompt!
  • 8:00 a.m. – Buses #1&2 depart for tour of Sindt Museum / Johnson County Museum (Keystone / Coralville, IA)
  • 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. – Check-In/Registration (First Floor Concourse, RiverCenter South)
  • 12:00 Noon – Bus departs for tour of John Deere Harvester Works (East Moline, IL)
  • 1:10 p.m. – Bus departs for tour of Deere-Wiman House / Butterworth Center (Moline, IL)
  • 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. – Vendor Area Open (Great River Hall, RiverCenter South)
  • 7:00 p.m. – Opening Night Reception – “LEGEND, Made Legacy” (Mississippi River Hall, RiverCenter North)
               Everyone is invited!

Thursday, March 22      All buses leave from the RiverCenter South 3rd Street Exit. Please be prompt!

  • 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. – Check-In/Registration (First Floor Concourse, RiverCenter South)
  • 7:30 a.m. - Bus departs for tour of John Deere Harvester Works (East Moline, IL)
  • 7:40 a.m. – Buses #1&2 depart for tour of Kinze Manufacturing / Jon Kinzenbaw Tractor Collection (Williamsburg, IA)
  • 7:40 a.m. – Bus departs for tour of John Deere Seeding Group (Moline, IL)
  • 8:00 a.m. – Bus departs for tour of John Deere Dubuque Works / National Farm Toy Museum
               (Dubuque / Dyersville, IA)
  • 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, RiverCenter South)
  • 9:30 a.m. – Bus departs for A Museum & Shopping Trip to Geneseo (Geneseo, IL)
  • 9:30 a.m. – Bus departs for tour of John Deere Harvester Works (East Moline, IL)
  • 9:30 a.m. – Bus departs for tour of John Deere Davenport Works (Davenport, IA)
  • 7:00 p.m. – Evening Speaker – “John Deere’s Second Tractor, the All-Wheel Drive” – Neil Dahlstrom,
               Manager of Corporate Archives & History, Deere & Co. (Des Moines Room, RiverCenter North)

Friday, March 23      All buses leave from the RiverCenter South 3rd Street Exit. Please be prompt!

  • 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Check-In/Registration (First Floor Concourse, RiverCenter South)
  • 7:30 a.m. – Buses 1&2 depart for tour of Kenny Kass Collection / John Deere Engine Works (Dunkerton / Waterloo, IA)
  • 7:30 a.m. – Bus departs for tour of John Deere Harvester Works (East Moline, IL)
  • 7:40 a.m. – Bus departs for tour of John Deere Tractor Cab Assembly Operations / Waterloo Tractor & Engine Museum
               (Waterloo, IA)
  • 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, RiverCenter South)
  • 8:30 a.m. – Bus departs for tour of The Village of Amana (Amana, IA)
  • 9:00 a.m. – Bus departs for Shopping Trip to DeWitt (DeWitt, IA)
  • 9:30 a.m. – Bus departs for tour of John Deere Harvester Works (East Moline, IL)
  • 12:00 Noon – Bus departs for tour of John Deere Harvester Works (East Moline, IL)
  • 5:00 p.m. – Beer & Bull Gears – Radisson Atrium Waterfall Lounge
  • 7:00 p.m. – Fun Auction (Mississippi River Hall, RiverCenter North)

Saturday, March 24      All buses leave from the RiverCenter South 3rd Street Exit. Please be prompt!

  • 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – Check-In/Registration (First Floor Concourse, RiverCenter South)
  • 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 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, RiverCenter South)
  • 8:15 a.m. – Bus departs for tour of Big River Resources (West Burlington, IA)
  • 8:20 a.m. – Bus departs for tour of Cinnamon Ridge Farms (Donahue, IA)
  • 9:00 a.m. – Bus departs for tour of Iowa 80 Trucking Museum (Walcott, IA)
  • 6:00 p.m. – Banquet / Keynote Speaker – “What Got Us Here Will Get Us There” – Graham Thompson,
               Director of Global Tractor Portfolio Development and Strategic Growth Planning, Deere & Co.
               (Mississippi River Hall, RiverCenter North)


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