MOLINE, Ill. -- History, culture and climbing aboard a giant combine are just a few of the things that can be added to a special reception, party or company meeting if it's held at one of the John Deere attractions in Illinois.



Recently, Deere & Company launched a facility rental program for three of its attractions, opening up the John Deere Pavilion, the John Deere Collectors Center and the John Deere Historic Site to those looking for a unique location to hold an event. In the short time the rental program has been up and running, the attractions have hosted a variety of events including wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, family reunions, company and specialized parties.



"The John Deere Attractions Rental Program is expected to be a robust part of our offering as these locations present a truly different place to host special events, especially to companies and families with a history in farming and agriculture," said Lynn Timmerman, rental sales manager. "In addition to the excitement of the function being held at one of our attractions, guests are welcome to take full advantage of each site's offerings, extending entertainment, learning opportunities and fun to everyone."



The company also offers event planners and local caterers who work with groups to plan and prepare both seated and buffet style dinners and cocktail parties. Guest relations staff, internal security and audio/visual support using existing systems are also available. During these events, the attractions are closed to the public, and guests are free to tour the facilities.



The John Deere Pavilion is one of the top five tourist attractions in Illinois and has welcomed guests from all 50 states and dozens of countries. The Pavilion blends the nostalgia of old-fashioned farming equipment with the technology of computer simulation. It houses a variety of interactive computer exhibits and opportunities to climb on a number of John Deere machines



Located in the heart of downtown Moline, the Pavilion can host up to 200 guests. It is available for $200 for a minimum two-hour period and an additional $100 for each additional hour. Maximum rental time is five hours.



The John Deere Collectors Center, also located in downtown Moline, was created for enthusiasts interested in early John Deere tractors, equipment and memorabilia. Designed as a living history exhibit, this location accommodates up to 150 people, is available for $200 for a minimum two-hour period and an additional $100 for each additional hour. Maximum rental time is five hours.

The John Deere Historic Site, located north of Dixon, Ill., in Grand Detour, is the original homestead of John Deere, and is where he created his first self-cleaning steel plow. Guests can tour his home, a replica of his blacksmith shop and an archaeological dig that unearthed his original shop.



Nearly two acres of natural prairie and an outdoor shelter that seats 200 offer a great seasonal location. The rental fee for four hours is $50 plus a $5 gate fee for each individual attending. The resident blacksmith is also available to greet guests and conduct blacksmith demonstrations.



For more information about the John Deere Attractions Rental Program, visit www.johndeereattractions.com or call Lynn Timmerman at 309-748-7957.



SOURCE: Deere & Company news release.