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HAPPENING NOW: John Deere inviting everyone to celebrate 100 years

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

The celebration of the century is coming for an eastern Iowa community known for its tractors.

For 100 years, John Deere has been building tractors in Waterloo, all of which can be found hard at work across the world.

This weekend, the company will celebrate the milestone with a free public two-day party in downtown Waterloo.

Wednesday, crews worked to transform a four-block radius into a walk through John Deere's history.

"We are celebrating 100 years of John Deere in the Cedar Valley," said Kelly Henderson, who has been planning the event for two years.

As tents and stages go up, event organizers are planning for thousands of people, many of who gave their hard work to make the century possible.

"Many employees, retirees, customers, fans, and our collectors. This is an opportunity to say 'thank you' to them," said Henderson.

What better way to say thank you than a big party, free for everyone? The event will include live music, bounce houses for the kids, and much more.

"Our archives group has dug out lots of tractors and even prototypes that have never been seen before," said Henderson.

There will also be some big surprises going on inside the convention center. So much so, event organizers aren't even letting top leadership inside the doors until the start of the event on Friday.

"It is sharing our history with everyone; what the journey was. But we are also wanting people to see where we are headed and looking for the next 100 years of fun," said Henderson.

Henderson says they won't let a little extra heat stop that fun. There will be water stations set up, as well as plenty of shaded tents.

But there will also be a lot to do inside the convention center and a few blocks away at the John Deere Tractor Museum, with trolleys running between the two.

"We just want it to be a fun event for everyone who comes," said Henderson.

That good time will include a headlining concert from country artist Joe Diffie. Diffie is best known for his song, "John Deere Green."

For more information on the event, click here.

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