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John Deere celebrates lawn tractor's 50th birthday

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Mark Reading drives a 1963 John Deere 110 model at the Dodge County Fairgrounds Wednesday, July 24, 2013 in Beaver Dam, Wis. Thousands of people are expected to gather in Horicon this weekend to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the John Deere lawn-and-garden tractor. The model 110 tractor was first made at John Deere Corp.s Horicon Works factory in 1963.

MILWAUKEE – Thousands of people are expected to gather in Horicon, Wis., this weekend to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the John Deere lawn-and-garden tractor.

The model 110 tractor was first made at John Deere Corp.'s Horicon Works factory in 1963.

It is a miniature version of a regular tractor, with attachments that include a plow for planting.

The company made 1,000 of the smaller tractors the first year as a way to test the market. In 2010, the plant made its 5 millionth garden tractor.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the weekend celebration will include factory tours, garden tractor displays, a daily tractor parade at noon and a swap meet.

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