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WATERLOO (KWWL)-International Harvester fans were at the Five Sullivan Brothers' Convention center made it obvious that not every farmer bleeds green.

International Harvester Club Collector member Dick Forster stood in front of a red and white tractor and said, "If it isn't red leave it in the shed."

The statement was followed by cheering from a group of onlookers.

Behind Forster towered the 1066 International Harvester tractor famous for being the 5 millionth to roll off the assembly line in 1974.

The tractor made its rare appearance outside of its usual home in the Montana State Ag Museum to be the main exhibit at the 17th Annual International Harvester Convention.

"The informed sources tell us that John Deer just produced their 5 millionth tractor back in 2002," Says Forster. "Now that fact alone- I think- says a whole lot for International Harvesters penetration into the agricultural market.  Both here in Iowa and around the world."

Despite the red verses green rivalry, John Deer is doing tours for the convention.

The 1066 International Harvester tractor was not the only display.  Many farmers from all over brought their rare and/or restored International Harvester tractors.

The Convention also included seminars about restoring tractor pieces and craft making (for the wives not interested in tractor restoration).

The IH activities will continue for the next two days.

ONLINE REPORTER/ ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: JACKIE MANTERNACH

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