News Release   March 06, 2019

The John Deere Attractions Launch New Passport Program Allowing Guests to Commemorate Trips and Earn Gifts

Photo of passport booklets laying on table showing front and back covers

Introducing the John Deere Attractions passport program booklet.

MOLINE, Illinois (March 6, 2019) – The John Deere Pavilion, John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum and the John Deere Historic Site recently launched a new passport program designed to help guests commemorate their trips to the attractions, as well as other John Deere locations, by collecting seals and stamps in their personal passport booklet. Participation in the program is completely free and visitors can earn gifts and discounts along the way.

“The passport is like opening a door to a new adventure and provides a fun and interactive way to visit and experience all we have to offer,” said Brigitte Tapscott, manager of the John Deere Attractions.  “The John Deere Attractions and other Deere sites provide unique and exceptional experiences. We hope this inspires visitors to learn about each location and encourages more participation at our special events held throughout the year.”

Visitors can start their adventures at one of the three main John Deere Attraction locations which include: the John Deere Pavilion in Moline, Illinois; the John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum in Waterloo, Iowa; and the John Deere Historic Site in Grand Detour, Illinois. Guests of all ages should ask for a passport at the visitor information desks.

When visiting an attraction for the first time, guests commemorate the experience by using a location-specific seal embosser. For special events, return visits to any of the three main attractions, and trips to other John Deere locations, visitors should ask Deere personnel to stamp their passport booklet.

Guests collecting all three embossed seals will earn a limited-edition John Deere hat. For every passport page visitors complete with unique stamps, participants earn a one-time, one-day-only discount of 20 percent on merchandise purchased at participating John Deere stores and the John Deere Historic Site gift shop. Some exclusions apply. When visitors complete the entire passport booklet, they receive a special commemorative hook, hand-forged by a blacksmith at the John Deere Historic Site.

“The final gift is quite unique, and we believe it is something John Deere fans will enjoy,” said Tapscott. “Our team is excited to share this program with guests, and we can’t wait to award our travelers with some legendary gifts as our way of saying thanks for visiting John Deere!”

The full list of participating John Deere locations includes:

Grand Detour, Illinois

  • The John Deere Historic Site

Moline, Illinois

  • John Deere Pavilion
  • Deere Family Homes
  • Deere & Company World Headquarters
  • John Deere Harvester Works (factory tour)
  • John Deere Seeding Group (factory tour)

Waterloo, Iowa

  • John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum
  • John Deere Engine Works (factory tour)
  • John Deere Tractor Cab Assembly Operations (factory tour)
  • John Deere Drive Train Operations (factory tour)

Des Moines, Iowa

  • John Deere Des Moines Works (factory tour)

Ottumwa, Iowa

  • John Deere Ottumwa Works (factory tour)

Horicon, Wisconsin

  • John Deere Gator Works (factory tour)

To learn more about the John Deere Attractions’ passport program, or to plan your trip, call 309-765-1000 or go to www.VisitJohnDeere.com. The John Deere Attractions are open seven days a week and are free of charge. The John Deere Historic site is a seasonal attraction open March through December.

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About the John Deere Historic Site (Grand Detour, Illinois)
The John Deere Historic Site in Grand Detour is the original Illinois homestead of John Deere and the location where he built his first “self-scouring” steel plow. The home Deere built still stands and tour guides provide an entertaining and educational perspective of life on the prairie. Open daily March through December.

About the John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum (Waterloo, Iowa)
The John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum in Waterloo opened in 2014 and offers a variety of exhibits educating visitors of all ages about the history of tractor and engine design and manufacturing in Iowa’s Cedar Valley.

About the John Deere Pavilion (Moline, Illinois)
Located along the shores of the Mississippi River near the company's original Moline plow factory, the John Deere Pavilion has attracted more than 4 million guests from around the world since it opened in 1997. The Pavilion features a wide variety of fun and informative hands-on exhibits about Deere & Company's global businesses and products, its rich history and heritage, and how it's helping meet the challenges of a growing global population.

Media Contact
Wendy Artman
Ph: 920-819-8968
ArtmanWendy@JohnDeere.com

NOTE: Photos of the John Deere Attractions and visual assets of the passport program are available upon request.