2012-10-17 / Local & State

John Deere Green Antique Display

Fulton County’s Fall Folk Fest is coming soon. To celebrate, Gary and Nancy Peck of 4117 Breezy Point Rd., McConnellsburg, will open their property to the public for their seventh annual John Deere display of 2- cylinder diesel and gas series tractors dating from 1939- 1960. This is one of the largest-known private collections of its kind – right here in Fulton County!

Gary and Nancy have been avid John Deere tractor collectors for more than 40 years – starting their collection with a Model A in the 1970s.

Twenty-nine tractors will be displayed on the hill in front of the Peck’s home. Gary is lovingly classified now as an ole-timer, so come on out and walk around with him to talk about these old antiques.

Freshly restored this year is one of the Peck’s favorites – the very rare 1960 John Deere 435 wide front-end with power-steering. Gary worked more than six months on it, tearing it down to just the frame, repainting, rebuilding the mechanical parts and engine. It is a beauty, especially since there are only 626 ever manufactured. A few weeks ago he entered it in a tractor pull competition and it did very well – impressive since it lay in pieces on his garage floor just a few months ago.

If you love antique John Deere tractors, long talks about “the way it used to be,” flea market goodies, and homemade food, follow the signs off Route 522 onto Breezy Point Road near Knobsville. It is a little over a mile on the right – you will see the collection from the road. Cross the bridge between the John Deere green/yellow wagon wheels and enjoy. Restroom is on site.

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