John Deere announced on May 22 that the John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum has set June 13 as the grand opening date in Waterloo, Ia. The grand opening will begin at 10 a.m., and the celebration will continue to 6 p.m. There will be a wide variety of activities for John Deere enthusiasts and locals alike, as well as a ceremonial ribbon cutting.
"We are thrilled to commemorate the opening of this museum and what better time than during a community-wide celebration showcasing Waterloo's cultural and recreational opportunities," said Dawn Hendershot, project manager of the John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum.
The museum has been under construction for four years. It will feature exhibits on John Deere’s work in Waterloo, the John Deere tractor construction process and how people use the machinery today. The facility will join the ranks of other Midwest attractions, including the John Deere Historic Site in Grand Detour and the John Deere Pavilion.
“The community of Waterloo plays a big role in that history and in the success of the world's largest provider of agricultural equipment,” Hendershot continued. “We look forward to celebrating our history with residents and guests of Waterloo and the surrounding community."
The John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum will be open to visitors Tuesdays through Saturdays following its grand opening. Adults will pay $8 for admission, while children ages 12 and under will be able to enter for free.