- Associated Press - Monday, July 20, 2015

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - A convention that brought together John Deere fans from around the country and showcased vintage equipment was held for the final time this weekend.

Organizer Jack Cherry told the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier (https://bit.ly/1VkNIPt ) that Two-Cylinder Expo honors will continue, including the excellent restoration of a machine. He launched the Two-Cylinder Club in 1985, and it now has more than 13,000 antique John Deere tractor fans.

He said that he’ll miss seeing people who are experts at restoring older equipment converge at the National Cattle Congress grounds in Waterloo, where the 25th expo was held Saturday. He said that the expo has served its purpose and that he believes a local museum is planning on holding a similar event.

Longtime expo attendee Vernlan Heberer, of Belleville, Illinois, brought a pair of Model 420s and a 1959 liquid propane-powered Model 430 earth mover made in Dubuque. He’s known at the expo for serving ice cream to crowds made from an ice-cream maker that he attaches to one of his tractors.

Heberer, 82, said that he has gotten to meet a lot of people at the event, but that it’s time for him to quit as well. He has scheduled an auction of all his old tractors, including a collection of vintage automobiles, for October.

Tom O’Connor, 75, of Swartz Creek, Michigan, also has displayed his old machines at the expo for years. He said that he’ll miss traveling to Waterloo to chat with others who also share his same enthusiasm for John Deere equipment.

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Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, https://www.wcfcourier.com


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