October 24, 2012
The John Deere Historic Site in Grand Detour, Illinois is a reminder of how the business continues to explore ways of bringing quality to the lives of people in the U.S.
Since the company is celebrating its 175th anniversary throughout the year, there have been a number of events that are being held in order to raise interest in the history of John Deere and its place in American culture.
The John Deere Historic Site in Grand Detour, Illinois, has been a place that is buzzing this year, as it has held various events throughout 2012, ranging from blacksmith gatherings to art shows.
The site also hosted the Grand Detour Arts Festival, where some of the finest artists from the Midwest gathered to display their works to visitors. More than 50 talented individuals were in attendance, and guests had the chance of seeing their paintings, sculptures and photography against the backdrop of colorful John Deere farm equipment.
“We are very excited to bring this fine arts show to life again this year,” said Karen Tucker and Lisa Gabriel, co-chairs of the festival. “It is a tradition in Grand Detour, one that many local and regional residents look forward to each year, as it brings a fine caliber of artists together in one setting. Hosting the Grand Detour Arts Festival on the grounds of the John Deere Historic Site provides an elegant and peaceful backdrop and participants can make a full day of the event.”
This year’s festival included a student art exhibit, consisting of work from regional children in a number of categories. Cash prizes were awarded to winners of all age groups, and entertainment from local musicians and exhibits related to the iconic company’s farm equipment were present.
Among the entertainers at the historic site were Jazzy Jeff, the Powerhouse Boys, Flying Fish and The Stringalongs. For a low admission price families were able to see musical performances, the best in Midwestern art and a number of exhibits dedicated to the farm equipment offered by John Deere.