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Double attraction includes Keller tractor collection

Sept. 1, 2011 | 0 comments

In conjunction with the 11th annual Camp Forest fall fest, the internationally known Keller Collection of antique tractors will be open on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The collection is housed at W2208 County HR just east of Highway 57 and south of this north central Calumet County village. A fee of $8 per adult (12 and under are free) will be charged.

Walter Keller and his son Bruce have a collection of about 620 tractors, of which 60 are the first units made of a particular model. Another of the highlights of the collection is the extensive number of the John Deere Series B tractors.

Many of the tractors on display have cards detailing their history and explaining why they were obtained for the collection. Throughout the day, the Kellers will be on hand to talk to visitors.

The Kellers will be donating the admission fees to Camp Forest, a non-profit organization. Located on a 10-acre lot, Camp Forest began as a Christian camp called Forest Assembly Grounds in the early 1900s. It now serves the surrounding communities by hosting weddings, family gatherings, 4-H groups, Boy Scouts, vacation Bible schools and various retreats.

The fall fest at Camp Forest, located just 1.5 miles north of the Keller Collection, will feature arts, crafts, pumpkins, fall mums and more. There will be a fish fry on Friday evening (Sept. 16) along with a menu that includes hamburgers, brats, cheese cake, carrot cake, cinnamon rolls, and other foods. The fest runs from noon to 8 p.m. on Sept. 16 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on September 17.

Viewing of the Kellers' tractor collection will be on Saturday only. For more information about it, call 920-989-1606 or e-mail kellermuseum@tds.net.

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