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Fall Fest chance for John Deere to connect with Iowa

Posted by Green Fun Store on 9/13/2010 to History of John Deere
John Deere's first Fall Fest gave many enthusiasts and current and former company employees the chance to get together and celebrate the company's history.

And, according to a column in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, the event should make a return visit. Jim Offner, business editor for the paper, noted thousands of people made their way to the campus of Cedar Valley Techworks, which was where the three-day celebration was held. The purpose was to celebrate 50 years of John Deere's New Generation tractors.

"The Fall Fest was a homecoming of sorts for the many retirees, longtime employees and their families, as well as the shiny vintage machines that were on display on the grounds," Offner wrote.

Offner said it is still up in the air if the Fall Fest will make a return engagement next year or become an annual event. However, he said it presents a chance for the John Deere to further strengthen its connection in the area.

John Deere's presence in this part of Iowa has been solidified over the years, especially since the company makes its headquarters in nearby Moline, Illinois. It also has a production facility in Waterloo, Iowa.