Honoring Jeep

Annual Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival Plans

Larry Jewett - February 24, 2014 12:22 PM

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The Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival, one of the premier Jeep-only events in the nation, is geared up to welcome Jeep owners to the birthplace of the Jeep in Butler, Pennsylvania, June 13-15, 2014.
"We're adding even more things to see and do because we want to create an experience that changes and improves each and every year," said Patti Jo Lambert, Festival director. "This Festival is unique because it offers a wide range of experiences over a three-day weekend that appeal to all ages and all types of Jeep enthusiasts.  We're committed to providing an opportunity for the Jeep community to come together and share their passion in the same place where the Jeep began more than 70 years ago."
During the weekend, attendees will see more than a thousand Jeeps of all models and years, learn about the history of the Jeep from WWII re-enactors, exhibits and speakers, and see some of the latest parts and accessories offered by nearly 100 vendors.  They'll also hear from industry experts who will provide tips and insights about the Jeep, experience off-road trails and obstacles and participate in variety of individual competitions and organized rides.
New activities and opportunities for Jeepers will be featured in 2014.  The Historic Travels Tour will be held Saturday, June 14. The Glacial Interpretive Driving Tour has been expanded to two days. The new Bantam Garage will be available for Festival participants who may experience break-downs during the event (labor is free - repair parts will need to be purchased).  The Garage will get Jeepers back on the road and trails again as quickly as possible.
Also new this year is the Jeep Corral.  This area will be dedicated to Jeep owners who want to sell their Jeeps.  Those looking to purchase a Jeep will want to stop by and see what's for sale.
One of the most popular aspects of the Festival is the Jeep Invasion.  Held on Friday night, the Invasion is a street party in downtown Butler.  More than 1,000 Jeeps of every size, shape and color park along the street for this special night.
The new on-site trails were a hit in 2013, and Jeepers will want to experience the stock, modified and intermediate trails again.  Jeep owners looking to win some new hardware and bragging rights will want to enter the Show 'n Shine competition.  More than 70 trophies will be awarded among 18 different classes.
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