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Local dealer providing tractors for D.C. parade

January 15, 2009

Landmark Equipment, the John Deere dealership serving Hagerstown, and Chambersburg and Carlisle in Pennsylvania, will provide three John Deere tractors for use in the presidential inaugural parade.

Hargrove Inc., the official general contractor to the Presidential Inaugural Committee, will use the three John Deere tractors to tow prominent floats in the inaugural parade, including the float representing the new president's home state of Illinois.

John Deere brand equipment was chosen because the farm equipment manufacturer is headquartered in Moline, Ill., according to a prepared release from Hargrove. The tractors will be provided by Landmark Equipment, the John Deere dealership based at 13115 Cearfoss Pike, Hagerstown.

"We are pleased to have the Illinois-built John Deere tractors provided by a Maryland company" said Earl Hargrove, who designed seven of the floats in the parade. The tractors will pull the Illinois float, representing the new president's home state; the historic American flag float, which is appearing in its fourth Inaugural Parade; and a float carrying a horse-drawn fairy-tale carriage and Miss America, sponsored by the USO.

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The tractors will be delivered from Hagerstown to Hargrove's facility in Lanham, Md., and from there will be taken with the seven parade floats Hargrove is providing to the parade assembly area near the capitol. Two of the tractors will be driven in the parade by representatives of Landmark Equipment, Dave Quirple and Dan Place.

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