John Deere fans won’t want to miss Fifty Years of Hydro Power, scheduled for July 27-29. This milestone event will be special, as the company celebrates fifty years of John Deere hydro and all Horicon-built John Deere machines. Admission and parking are free, making this event affordable for each John Deere enthusiast. Fans are expected to attend from the Beaver Dam area, Madison, Milwaukee and Green Bay.

Unique programming is being scheduled at the Dodge County Fairgrounds on:
Friday, July 27 (9:00am-5:00pm)
Saturday, July 28 (8:00am-6:00pm)
Sunday, July 29 (8:00am-1:00pm)

The 2018 event will feature John Deere equipment made in Horicon, Wisconsin, with an emphasis on the 1968 John Deere model 140. Interested exhibitors should contact Bill Hemling at 920-960-6350 or Mark Saelens at 309-781-4752 to register.

Collectors will be assembling from the area but fans will also be traveling from California and Canada to share their collections and their passion for John Deere machines. Close to one thousand machines are expected to be on display. Many prototypes and one-of-a-kind machinery will be on display on the grounds, including a large vintage snowmobile exhibition. A silent auction will be held on Sunday afternoon. Benefits from the auction will benefit the United Way. An indoor swap meet will also take place.

Young John Deere enthusiasts will have the opportunity to dig in the dirt with their families and see the remarkable equipment up close and personal, including but not limited to: tractors, an earthcavator, danuser post hole digger, brinly attachments.

Fans will be able to purchase unique John Deere items, including event apparel. Laser cut and painted items will also be available for purchase at the John Deere factory. Concessions will also be available for hungry attendees.

Rick Trahan, a John Deere blacksmith from Grand Detour, Illinois will be on site each day, showcasing his amazing blacksmithing skills. Enthusiasts will also have the opportunity to meet the John Deere retirees and employees who designed and built these extraordinary pieces of machinery.

Factory tours will be scheduled throughout the weekend. Shuttles will transport visitors to and from the factory. The lineup of events will also feature a unique tractor parade. Information regarding registration for the tractor parade and factory tours will be announced later this spring. To stay informed on these unique opportunities, please subscribe to our newsletter.

Camping will be available on-site at the Fairgrounds. Pets will be allowed in the camping area, but will not be allowed on the show grounds. Generators may be run if needed, but camping will be considered primitive. Campers may make arrangments with Mark Redding at 765-210-5449.

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by Jamie Adcock author of and