The green and yellow tractor towered over Andrew Wade and his mother, Melissa, as his father, Jeremy, snapped photos.|
"Cheese!" shouted the 6-year-old, his smile spreading ear-to-ear.
The family journeyed from Seminary, Miss., in search of tractors and all things John Deere, and that's exactly what they found Saturday at the Quad Cities Area Heritage Tractor Parade and Show at the John Deere Pavilion in Moline.
The family said they originally planned to hit only the John Deere Fall Fest in Waterloo, Iowa, this past week, but the show in Moline fit perfectly into their journey home.
And it helped make their 940-mile drive well worth it, Mr. Wade said.
Ms. Wade said Andrew loves tractors and anything John Deere. "It all started when I was born," Andrew said, very matter-of-factly.
While the John Deere 7520 is his favorite, he said, he also enjoyed seeing the older and antique tractors. That's "a mighty fine old one," he said, pointing across the patio.
Mr. Wade said the show and parade were "wonderful." It was nice to have "a place to go that we know he'll (Andrew) enjoy."
Dozens of people spread out across the patio at the Pavilion, inspecting tractors and other farm implements and watching about a dozen tractors chug down River Drive in parade.
The tiny and tall, young and old scattered the area, including the Zentic family who visits the Pavilion frequently.
"We come down here all the time," said Sara Zentic, of Sherrard.
Saturday, she came with her husband, Chris; children, Evan, 2, and Bryce, 3 months; and her in-laws, Gloria and Arden Zentic, of Milan.
Evan, the tractor lover, seemed to be in charge of his crew, happily leading his family this way and that, scoping out the roughly 20 tractors and other farming implements on display.
"He likes things that move, anything on wheels," his mother said.
She said the family has a John Deere video at home that taught Evan the names of many of the tractors and the other farm implements.
Kristen Veto, assistant manager of the John Deere Pavilion, said folks from all over the Quad-Cities brought their tractors for the parade and display.
The event was part of the East West Riverfest lineup, but "We'd like to make it an annual event," Ms. Veto said. "I think people would like that."
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