Gathering of the Greens
June 29th 2019
Where Deere Friends Meet!
The ‘Gathering of the Greens’ is a group of John Deere tractor
enthusiasts who get together for a weekend in June to meet up
with old friends, make new ones, share and learn more about their
John Deere passion, and talk tractors ‘round the clock!’
The Deere enthusiasts held their 10th annual event on June 29th at Parc Grace Dieu Farm, The Hendre, nr. Monmouth in South Wales, courtesy of local John Deere dealer Frank Sutton.
A DEERE GATHERING
All types of John Deere tractors and machinery attended the Gathering which included a tractor ride around the farm and surrounding Welsh countryside, culminating with a hog roast and chance to share in the fun around an authentic John Deere chuckwagon and camp. Enthusiasts came from Monmouthshire and beyond including visitors from Oklahoma, Yorkshire, Somerset, Wiltshire, Devon, The Gower, West Wales and Teme Valley Vintage Tractor Club.
This year saw classes for John Deere Vintage (1918-1974) and John Deere Classic (1974-1994) tractors. A JD 2130 (1979) tractor owned by Phil Evans of Presteigne, Powys won the Classic Class and a JD Model L (1940) owned by Andy Burrows, Somerset won the Vintage Class. ‘The Best Tractor of the Day’ was awarded to Ivor Grant from Taunton and his JD 1020 (1971) tractor by Guest Judge, Laverne Dowding, Bank Manager of Banc First, Guthrie, Oklahoma, USA.
A Whole Lot of Deere Fun!
There was a Western theme throughout the weekend with a Cowboy and Indian encampment and American Quarter Horses on show. Families were treated to an afternoon trailer ride around the farm with the Grace Dieu Cowboys rounding up the herd of Longhorn and White Park cattle in front of them!
There was plenty of entertainment for the whole family to enjoy with the off-road courses for gators and driverless tractor demonstration with drones flying over the farm. The Young Deeres’ display featured model farms, robot designs for the future farmer and an engineering design class. Crafty Deeres presented an array of Deere themed artwork including a photography competition and a JD themed weathervane. A Gathering Gallery of photographs and memorabilia from the 10 years celebrated this year’s event. A popular attraction was the wood sculpture trail around the farm of Western images including The Duke-John Wayne at the entrance to the farm, fashioned with chainsaws by Chris Wood.
The evening gathering featured an outdoor country band, cowboy cookout, Longhorn steak burgers on the barbecue and the Best Dressed Cowboy and Cowgirl competition. The highlight of the evening was the staging of an impressive Fire Labyrinth by Stuart Bawler and family of Hummadruz Theatre Company and many participated in the burning, spectacular fire walk! The Deere spirit remained strong throughout the weekend and a good time was had by all.
For more information on the Gathering of the Greens contact Frank Sutton: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: 07748960463 or visit our website: www.parcgracedieufarm.co.uk