This past weekend, the John Deere dealership in the southern Iowa town of Creston organized a tractor parade to coincide with the town's traditional parade to celebrate 100 years of John Deere. They were looking to have 100 tractors attend, but the count I heard was 70 or so.
My brother who farms ~25 miles away brought 4 tractors, a Mid 1980's - 4430, 1969 - 4020, 1973 - 1020, and Dad's 1955 - restored LP Gas 60,
Here she is while on display
One of the things I worked on last week was a set of signs to attach to the frame rails, to provide the tractor details, I think they turned out pretty sweet and while not easy to read with the glare in the picture, they were very easy to read from a distance.
Apparently other voters (drivers and their families) thought so too as she won best of show!
If only, (man, I hate saying that), but if only Dad could have seen this, I would love to see the expression of happiness and pride on his face.
A tractor I've seem many pictures of but never one to touch was a Waterloo Boy. This was the FIRST tractor that John Deere Tractor Company produced when they purchased the Waterloo Gasoline Engine Company in 1918 for $2,100,000; that's right that equals about $532,000,000 in 2017 dollars. Ponder that for a few minutes....
This tractor was one of the first ones that John Deere produced. At 25 horse power, I can assure you it will out pull any of our Sub and CUT tractors. She lives in the Kline Museum, Prescott, Iowa.
Here's a video of the ol gal running and winding down. The large ball under the tractor is the muffler, the intake is directly in front of the driver with a piece of window screen acting as a filter. The driver would certainly get a workout if for no other reason than turning her around. Coming up the hill, she growled, groaned, grunted...
Rather than posting tons of pictures of each tractor, here's a ~20 minute video of the tractor parade: https://www.facebook.com/RogerRileyN...23364704368424 (we show up about 14 minutes in).
There should be drone footage available at some point and assuming I can find them, I'll link it.