The collectible John Deere tractor and equipment auction took place starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, September 8 at the Dysart City Park. Harold Langbehn, of Dysart, has been an avid collector of John Deere tractors, parts and memorabilia for years and his collection filled the fenced off area around the baseball diamond at the park. The cool and sunny day helped draw a crowd of those interested in buying, onlookers, and John Deere fans.
According to Nixon Auctioneers, over 200 people registered for unique bidder numbers and came from all over Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, Indiana, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Arizona, Arkansas, Texas, Illinois, North Dakota and Missouri. Representatives took bids before the sale, over the phone at the sale and via the internet.
The Dysart Lions Club served food to those interested and the Union High School dance team sold pie to raise money for their group.
Above left, the crowd gathers around a collectible John Deere tractor being auctioned off at the baseball diamond at the Dysart City Park. Above, a family — all equipped with matching hats, no less — inspects a tractor up for auction. More photos of the auction can be found on page 2 of this issue of the Dysart Reporter!