Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Follow the Long Green Line to Penfield Illinois

Beginning Thursday is the 2007 I and I Tractor Club show in Penfield, Illinois. This year the big daddy of all farm brands John Deere is the feature tractor. This show is the one of the premier events in the United States for antique tractor shows. Over the years the club has purchased some additional acreage near the show grounds that have expanded the ability for field demonstration, a construction equipment display, nice grandstand, etc.

The show begins Thursday July 12 and runs through Sunday July 14. Here are some highlights of events:

  • Several of the engineers responsible for the development of the New Generation tractors will be on hand to answer questions and share their memories of the development process behind these revolutionary tractors.
  • Vintage John Deere movies will be shown continously during the show. John Deere Day films from the 30's, 40's and 50's will cover many subjects from the origin of John Deere and his steel plow to introduction of new tractors and implements. Come set a spell and enjoy the memories. Also included are several enterainment films produced by Deere featuring John Deere equipment.
  • Come sit a spell, and enjoy the Daily Musical Entertainment in the Pavilion
    Wes Wheeler's Battle Creek Band will be featured in the Pavilion Friday and Saturday evening.
  • Green and Yellow fireworks on Saturday evening.
Penfield, Illinois is located about 6 miles east of Rantoul, Illinois on route US 136. Click here for more directions.

I will be posting daily from this show.

Coverage from the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette
PENFIELD – The scene's turning green at I&I Antique Tractor and Gas
Engine Club headquarters at Penfield.
On Tuesday, trucks loaded with
carefully restored, bright green John Deere tractors deposited their loads on
club grounds for the 2007 Historic Farm Days, which begins Thursday and
continues through Sunday. John Deere is the theme this year and exhibitors
arriving early were talking green – tractors, fireworks and even ice
cream.
Club president John Fredrick of Kentland, Ind., said he expects 1,000
tractors and thousands of tractor fans.

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