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Antique John Deere snow machines draw crowds at local event

Posted by Green Fun Store on 2/9/2011 to Current News/Events of John Deere
People looking for a fun ride on a piece of Americana were treated to quite the event this past weekend in Fairbank, Iowa at the fourth annual Fairbank Leaf Spring Rally.

For only $5, visitors at the event helped raise money for charity and got to check out antique snowmobiles offered from, among other makers, John Deere. Some of the models at the show were the Deere Liquifire and Rupp Nitro and people from all over the county came to check out the old John Deere equipment.

Neal Beck, who helps organize the event every year, told The Cedar Valley Courier the event started off as a gathering of friends, but quickly grew into something much bigger. "It's nostalgic," he said. "Some people are into classic cars; we're into classic snowmobiles. I figured if it could benefit a charity that the Iowa State Snowmobile Association supports, even better."

Beck said that most of the snowmobiles that were showcased at the rally were built in the 1960s and the 1970s. What the antique snowmobiles lack in power - most are only 30 to 50 horsepower - they make up for in old time charm.

Jamees Lalk brought his John Deere models to the event and said his rare 295 S racing sled can get up to 65 mph. "These things ride like a lumber wagon," he joked. "But it's my era … I love it."