And.......it was a hot one! The event took place from 11:00-4:00, and we decided to go right at 11:00. Let's just say we were both blown away at how coordinated, organized, and well planned this event was. It was amazing.
They had big blow up slides for the kids. Colored accordingly for John Deere---in yellow and green, and black and yellow. Crafts for the kids. Face painting. Cotton candy and popcorn. Water and pop throughout the whole Cattle Congress grounds. Amazing food for lunch, equipped with sliced Watermelon. (can you imagine cutting up all of those slices of watermelon?!)
Tattoos for the little ones. A band playing music in the background. A building full of merchandise that could be purchased. Displays set up. Charter buses lined up to shuttle people. A food can drive for the Northeast Iowa Food Bank. Cinch sacks for everyone in the family. And much, much more. They went all out, and it was so fun to be a part of such an honorable celebration.
There was a building that we walked through that had some displays set up with some neat tractors, and some of the engines. Carl works at the engine works site, so it was fun to see what he works with on a daily basis. It was very intriguing to see just how big and detailed an engine really is. Carl was pointing out what part of the engine he usually works on, and that was very interesting information for me to take in. It gave me a little glimpse as to what he does every evening when he goes in to work.
We only stayed for about 1-1/2 hours, as the heat got the best of our little ones.....and us too. It was about 90 degrees out, the sun in full swing, and no shade. Well, except in big buildings, with zero air movement....making it even hotter.
But, we are so glad that we went. It was an amazing experience. There were SO many people who attended the event. That is actually an understatement. I hear they served about 26,000 people that day. Can you imagine? Wow, that is a lot of people!
Our family is so thankful for this company. John Deere has been very good to us, and we are so blessed that Carl is employed by such an amazing company.
Happy Anniversary, John Deere!