By Doug Schroder


WINNEBAGO – For all those grown boys out there who like their big toys, the auction taking place on Saturday, Aug. 29 at Meridian Implement, located at 1011 S. Meridian Road in Rockford, is one you don’t want to miss. After a lifetime of collecting, Meridian Implement’s owner, Dennis Gearhart, is ready to see a new generation of collectors enjoy the treasured pieces from our country’s rich agricultural heritage. Dennis and his family are offering these items at absolute public auction so that the family can fully enjoy the process of seeing these items go to their “new homes”. You’ll find great variety and many unusual items in over 250 pieces of equipment.

Wilkinson Auction Company will be taking care of the bidding with no minimum bids and no reserves. Live online bidding will also be available at Semi parking is available, along with loading and trucking for those who need to arrange transport.

The auction starts at 10 a.m. Full listings and photos can be found at

Dennis has been collecting tractors and equipment for over 50 years. His collection not only includes many John Deere tractors, there are many John Deere snowmobiles, garden tractors and farm implements, too.

Auction of a lifetime

Courtesy photo. Dennis Gearhart sits upon one of his many tractors that will be auctioned off on Saturday, Aug. 29.

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