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Sunday 11 December 2016

John Deere rolls back the years

Published 21/09/2016 | 02:30

John Deere's 1966 4020 and 2016 9620RX tractors will be among the stars of the show at the JD50 Celebration and Heritage Event
John Deere's 1966 4020 and 2016 9620RX tractors will be among the stars of the show at the JD50 Celebration and Heritage Event

It won't have an official stand at the Ploughing, but John Deere has lined up an alternative event this weekend for Deere fans looking to get their fill of tractors and machinery.

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Visitors to next weekend's John Deere 50 Celebration & Heritage Event at Langar near Nottingham in the UK will find 50 things to see and do, as John Deere Limited publicly celebrates its 50th anniversary in Ireland and the UK.

Deere customers, fans and families are invited to join the celebrations over the weekend of September 24 and 25 by registering their attendance on the John Deere website at JohnDeere.co.uk/50years.

By doing so in advance, visitors will be in with a chance of winning special 50th anniversary merchandise in a lucky ticket prize draw, to be held at the end of each day.

As well as trade stands, static machinery exhibits and working demonstrations of almost 200 vintage, classic and modern tractors and implements, this special outdoor event will feature activities for all the family.

These include a funfair, Big Top and Grand Ring entertainment, tractor bus rides and a tour of the John Deere site, plus a range of local food and produce as well as a licensed bar.

Iconic tractors dating from 1916 to the present day will be on display at the event.

These include an Overtime Model R and Waterloo Boy from 1916 and 1919 respectively; a 1924 Model D, the oldest tractor in Europe bearing the name John Deere and the 710 and 4020 models that were in the John Deere range when the company started trading from Langar in 1966.

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There will also be several early examples of the revolutionary full-frame 6000 Series tractors from the 1990s and many others, all the way through the past 100 years up to the present day and John Deere's new flagship 620hp 9620RX four-track tractor.

Further details of the John Deere 50 Celebration & Heritage Event and the history of John Deere Limited in the UK and Ireland, together with a timeline of key dates, can be found on the event website at JohnDeere.co.uk/50years.

The event will run from 10am to 5pm on September 24 and from 10am to 4pm on September 25. Car parking and entry to the big event are free.

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