After being cancelled at the last minute in 2020, the biennial Gathering of the Green Conference returns to Davenport on March 16-19, 2022. Almost 1,000 John Deere enthusiasts have registered for the full conference at the RiverCenter, coming from 32 states across the U.S. and four countries.
“The rich tradition of this unique event and the passion that people around the world have for Deere & Company makes the Gathering very special,” says
said Dave Herrell, President and CEO of Visit Quad Cities.
Attendees will be amazed at the replica displays built by volunteers to coordinate with this year’s “It’s Fair Time!” conference theme. The journey through the RiverCenter will take attendees back to John Deere exhibits found at State and County Fairs in the 1930-70s.
New in 2022 is the Plow City Tractor Show at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds in Davenport. The show will be indoors at the Iowa Building on March 16-18. It will feature a diverse selection of tractors, implements, engines, lawn and garden tractors, and memorabilia to honor the agricultural manufacturing heritage of the Quad Cities. The inaugural show will include various rare pieces from locally built brands such as John Deere, Rock Island Plow Company, Root & Vandervoort, Heider, J.I. Case, International Harvester, and Minneapolis Moline. Daily admission is $5 for the general public and the hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, March 17-18.
Conference attendees can go to a full slate of over 50 workshops, evening speakers, and one of the best vendor halls for John Deere collectors and renovators.
“This conference is the largest gathering of John Deere enthusiasts in the world,” said Tony Knobbe, Gathering of the Green Board Chairman. “Most of our guests come for the comradery with fellow enthusiasts from all over the world.”
The event is planned and produced by antique tractor enthusiasts from the Deer Valley Collectors, Illinois Valley Two-Cylinder Club, North Eastern Illinois Twin-Cylinder Club, Northwest Illinois Deer Collectors Club, and the Classic Green Club.
Visit GatheringofTheGreen.com for more information.