Two Deeres in Disneyland

| May/June 1988

  • The main entrance of Disneyland

  • The main entrance of Disneyland

11091 Edison, Ontario, California 91761

I am a dairy farmer in Ontario, California, about 30 miles from Disneyland. A John Deere representative found out that I owned two old John Deeres. I had just finished restoring a 1946 A, and the other, a 1953 R Diesel, is still used around the dairy farm.

Disneyland had a special feature this fall called 'State Fair, U.S.A.' John Deere was asked to display some new and some old tractors. You can imagine how excited I was when asked if I would be willing to let them display my two Deeres for this State Fair promotion, last September 15 to November 15. I sure never imagined, while restoring these tractors (the 1946 A is fully restored but the other was just really cleaned up), that they would be displayed at Disneyland. For showing them we got 18 free tickets to take family and friends to Disneyland for a day.

We had a great time and took lots of pictures. This one in front of the main entrance of Disneyland was taken in the morning before the park opened. I think the guards thought we were nuts, but we figured not too many owners of old tractors would ever have a picture of theirs parked at the entrance into Disneyland! It was a lot of fun!