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Things are "Quacking Up" at the John Deere Pavilion March 31 – April 4

Annual duck hatching event includes free crafts and photo opportunity for kids

MOLINE, Illinois (March 30, 2015) – Officials at the John Deere Pavilion, Deere & Company's visitor center in downtown Moline, Ill., are taking the term "nesting" to a whole new level as they hatch dozens of ducklings as part of the Pavilion's annual duck hatching event.


Starting Tuesday, March 31 and running through Saturday, April 4, visitors to the John Deere Pavilion will see ducks hatching, sprouting their feathers and having fun in their pond and playground. Those not able to visit in person can catch all the hatching action on our live web cam at www.JohnDeerePavilion.com/DuckHatching. The web cam goes live at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 31.


"We love hosting this event each year, because it's not only incredibly cute to see, but it is a fantastic educational opportunity for children to watch the process as it happens," said Kristen Veto, assistant manager of the John Deere Pavilion. "It's not something you get to see everyday and our guests love being a part of it."


Throughout the week, children can also make their own duck hat as a featured craft. As always, attendance and participation is free. The Pavilion will be closed for Easter on Sunday, April 5.


New this year, guests have an opportunity to be photographed while holding a duckling. Photo opportunities will begin on Wednesday, April 1 and will be staged in a Spring-themed setting. The John Deere Pavilion will not provide a photographer; rather, parents are encouraged to bring a camera to capture the photos of their children holding a duckling.


Hours of operation during the duck hatching event are: Tuesday – Friday, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The John Deere Pavilion offers free admission, is open to the public year-round, and welcomes group tours. The John Deere Store, located adjacent to the Pavilion, stocks a large and unique selection of the latest officially-licensed John Deere products including clothing, toys, books, and collectibles. The Pavilion hosts free Kids Craft Days on the third Saturday of each month featuring a different theme generally tied to the season. The next Kids Craft Day is scheduled for Saturday, April 18. For more information about the John Deere Pavilion, Store, and other John Deere Attractions, visit us online at www.JohnDeereAttractions.com.


About the John Deere Pavilion

Located along the shores of the Mississippi River near the company's original Moline plow factory, the John Deere Pavilion has attracted more than three million guests from around the world since it opened in 1997. The 14,000-square-foot, glass- and steel-enclosed structure 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. The John Deere Pavilion is a free attraction and is open to the public year-round. For more information call 309-765-1000 or visit us online at www.JohnDeerePavilion.com.

Media Contact:
Wendy Artman, OneTouchPointCommunications
*Photos of the John Deere Pavilion and hatching ducks are available upon request.