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Article updated: 7/25/2013 9:41 AM

John Deere celebrates lawn tractor's 50th birthday

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MILWAUKEE -- 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.

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 (http://bit.ly/17ELfVZ ) the weekend celebration will include factory tours, garden tractor displays, a daily tractor parade at noon and a swap meet.

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