John Deere has developed a new passport program to encourage people to visit several of their attractions located in Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.

I am quite excited about this fun activity for several reasons, and I think travelers of all ages will enjoy it, too. Visitors can start at one of the three main attractions that include the John Deere Pavilion in Moline, Illinois, the John Deere Tractor and Engine Museum in Waterloo, Iowa, or the John Deere Historic Site in Grand Detour, Illinois, and request a passport at the visitor information desk.

Each time you visit one of these sites, Deere personnel will stamp your passport with an embossed seal. After gathering three seals, visitors will receive a limited edition John Deere hat. This is the only way you can obtain this hat that says “Legendary” on the back to show your participation in the legendary experience.

Many other John Deere attractions are participating in the program, including factory tours located in Moline, Illinois; Des Moines, Iowa; Ottumwa, Iowa; and Horicon, Wisconsin, as well as the Deere family homes and the Deere & Co. world headquarters.

Once you fill the passport with unique stamps, each person receives a special gift — a hook that has been hand-forged by the blacksmiths at the historic site. Each hook is numbered, and it says “Legendary John Deere Experience” on it.

In addition, the hooks come with a tag signed by the blacksmith, and it features information about what was used it make the hook.

And, maybe best of all, visitors can experience all of the John Deere attractions for free.

The gifts for the passport program may change in the future, and potentially the next gift could be something made at the John Deere foundry.

I already am planning to embark on my John Deere legendary experience this summer. I look forward to the day I will hang that really neat hook in my home.

Martha Blum can be reached at 815-223-2558, ext. 117, or marthablum@agrinews-pubs.com. Follow her on Twitter at: @AgNews_Blum.

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