News Releases   June 20, 2016

John Deere Historic Site Hosts 3rd Annual June Jam Event

Local musicians invited to perform during outdoor festival Sunday, June 26

GRAND DETOUR, Illinois (June 20, 2016) – On Sunday, June 26, 2016, the John Deere Historic Site will host the 3rd annual June Jam music festival. The festival offers an opportunity for local musicians to perform on stage in 15-minute intervals. Bluegrass, country, folk and light rock musicians are welcome to perform for the crowd.

Musicians interested in performing should contact Ron Coleson at (815) 973-0942 with questions, or should simply show up ready to jam. Performances begin at Noon and run through 5:00 p.m.

"The June Jam is a great opportunity to hear an eclectic group of local musicians while being surrounded by the beautiful grounds of the John Deere Historic Site," said Kristen Veto, manager for the John Deere Historic Site. "In addition to enjoying a relaxing day of listening to music, guests can also experience all the Site has to offer including demonstrations by our blacksmith and guided tours of John Deere's home."

Admission for the day is $5.00 or free with a non-perishable food donation for the local food pantry. Picnic lunches are encouraged. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed on the grounds of the John Deere Historic Site.

The John Deere Historic Site is open seasonally May 1 through October 31 and is located in Grand Detour. The site is the original Illinois homestead of John Deere and is the location where he built his first "self-scouring" steel plow. For more information about the June Jam event or the John Deere Historic Site, go to, call 815-652-4551, or email