Classic Green Reunion draws hundreds of people to Grand Island

Classic Green Reunion Exhibitor Ethan Byrum shows off new tires he put on his refurbished John...
Classic Green Reunion Exhibitor Ethan Byrum shows off new tires he put on his refurbished John Deere Model R. (Credit: Alicia Naspretto, KSNB)(KSNB)
Published: Jun. 13, 2019 at 7:08 PM CDT
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Tractor fanatics around the world gathered in Grand Island this week for the 2019 Classic Green Reunion. There was tons of people with tractors, everything colored green.

For one exhibitor everything has been colored green his whole life. Ethan Byrum is an 18 year old from Indiana. He and his family traveled to Grand Island just for this event.

He's grown up around tractors his whole life, recently refurbishing the John Deere model "R" he brought with him today. He said working with his father and grandfather on this has been a bonding experience for the last seven years.

"Grandpa always wanted a John Deere R. He dreamed about it, he'd look at it in magazines. Now we finally got one," Ethan Byrum said. "That's what I really did this, because Grandpa always wanted one. It's always been the legend, to have an R, he always wanted an R."

"I wouldn't trade the last seven or eight years for anything," his Grandpa Richard said. "Working with him almost everyday has just been a real blessing. I don't have any complaints. It costs a lot of money, but you get to have a lot of fun."

The Byrums tractor was just one of hundreds on display at Fonner Park. Organizers were amazed at the number of people who showed up and hope to make this an annual event.

"We were excited to hear there was people coming in from other countries," Classic Green Committee Chairman, Steve Plambeck said. "There's people here from Connecticut. It's just an honor to have them here, it's great."

Tractors will be on display through Saturday. The group also is selling John Deere merchandise for the tractor superfans.