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AUUGUST 4, 2016
AUGUST 19-20-21






In the world of the antique tractor collector, the first characteristic we all take note of when meeting a new enthusiast is his/her brand affiliation. We may not note if he is tall or short, fat or thin, rich or poor, but the conversation will not get far along before we learn if he is a Farmall guy, an Oliver guy, or a John Deere guy, etc. Sure, it may seem superficial to outsiders, but that’s just the way we see people. We may not even remember a name at first, but everybody in the discussion will nod knowingly when you add descriptive detail, like, “…drives the Super M” or, “pulls with a DC-4”, or, “runs the badass Unstyled G”. Now they know who you’re talking about!

Within this eccentric little sub-set of society, it is also quite well recognized that few if any other brands can match the fervor, the fan loyalty, or the dedication of those who prefer the “Long Green Line” of products from Deere and company. You can pick them out from half way across the parking lot, in many cases. The bright green cap, the green and yellow T-shirt, the “Nothing Runs like a Deere” bumper sticker, most are none too subtle about their dedication to their favorite brand. With a corporate lineage that can be traced back into the previous two centuries, and still seen at work today in the field across the road, one must admit, their pride in the product is well founded.

Centuries of success is certainly enough to command the respect of anyone in or around the business of agriculture, as well as the collector hobby, but we think it goes a little deeper than that. While today’s offerings in the farm tractor market are rather homogenous, 4-wheel drive, in-line 6 cylinder diesel, climate controlled units, with enough electronics for a NASA mission, there was a time when one brand dared to be different. In the early 1900’s, after an initial period of really diverse experimentation, the world of farm power had largely evolved into accepting the 4 cylinder, in-line gas engine design as, more or less, the standard configuration. With one notable exception…John Deere. From about 1923 to about 1960, Deere and company stood apart from the industry by virtue of their absolute reliance on the iconic Two-Cylinder tractor engine. It was a design that was simple, rugged, reliable, and unique. It ran with a characteristic “putt-putt” sound that was every bit as well recognized as their green and yellow color scheme. And that, I think, is at the very center of the brand loyalty that has served both the company and its collectors so well over the past decades. Like our friend Bill says…”They sound like antiques”. And, even after 50 years, we all remember them.

So, for 2016, the MMOGTA will showcase the much loved products from John Deere and Co. as our Featured Brand! Bring all you’ve got, join your friends in the Featured Brand Corner, and be a part something BIG! AUGUST 19-21, 2016, IN Oakley MI. This is gonna’ be fun !!


JOHN DEERE 1 John Deere 2

Michigan Raffle Lic. # R36261

2016 Raffle Tractor 2016 Raffle Tractor

Everything you want to know about a JOHN DEERE 40!

2015 RAFFLE TRACTOR Winner was Patricia Arnold

Raffle Winner

                      2nd place - Handmade Quilt won by Rylee Price
            3rd Place - $500 Cash won by L.T. Somers
                     4th Place - Collector Toy won by Matt Gengler


2014 Raffle Winners

1st Prize - Farmall Cub Demonstrator: Ben Swanchara - St. Johns, Mi 

2nd Prize - Handmade Quilt: Steve Fowler - Portland, Mi 

3rd Prize - $500 Cash: Allen Cross - Chesaning , Mi. 

4th Prize - Collectors Toy: Troy Pawson

2013 Raffle Winners

1st Prize - Massey PonyTractor: Duane Helps - Perry, Mi

 2nd Prize - Handmade Quilt: Dick Groening - Saginaw, mi

3rd Prize - $500 Cash: Jerry Saxta - Harbor Springs, Mi.

4th Prize - Collector Toy: Lane Huntoon - Corunna, Mi.

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