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Butler County Jeep Event to Include Obstacle Races, Trail Rides

19 May, 2016


The Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival, one of the premier Jeep-only events in the nation, will welcome more than 2,000 Jeep owners from all over the country to the birthplace of the Jeep in Butler, Pa.  June 10-12, 2016. The event is presented by Peoples Natural Gas and held at Cooper's Lake Campground, about 30 minutes from Butler. And it's not all cars and trucks, either. Sports events are rolled in.

"The Festival offers activities Jeep owners can do with their vehicles as well as exhibits, clinics, vendors and attractions that all ages will enjoy," said Patti Jo Lambert, Festival director.  "The Festival has been described as "Jeep Heaven" because we have thousands of Jeeps and so much to see and do throughout the entire weekend."

New in 2016:

The Faces of Jeep Exhibit: A new exhibit featuring Jeep grilles of the 1940s and 1950s will be unveiled in the Jeep History Exhibit on Friday, June 10.  Twenty grilles representing each Jeep model of both decades will be displayed.  Seven of the grilles were custom manufactured specifically for the exhibit and other grilles are original. Additional decades of Jeep grilles will be added in future years.

Bantam Ultimate Jeeper Contest: One lucky Jeep owner will leave the Festival with more than $10,000 in new parts and accessories to transform their Jeep JK/JKU into an ultimate Jeep. The prize package includes various parts such as tires, fenders, bumpers, light kits, suspension and more.  

Anyone attending the Festival can participate in the contest and finalists will be announced each day.  All finalists will have a chance to win the prize package on Sunday, June 12.  Sponsors include Pennzoil, BFGoodrich, Rugged Ridge, Eli's Offroad Parts and Performance, Extreme Terrain, Hauk Design, Icon Vehicle DynamicsQuake LED and Alpine Electronics.

Bantam Night Ops Mission #2016: The Festival is offering a new Thursday night activity where Jeep drivers and their passengers will take a leisurely night ride on a stock trail under the moonlight.  Following the ride, participants will enjoy a bonfire, refreshments, s'mores and a goody bag with premium Night Ride goodies to kick off the weekend.  Rigid Industries and The Savvy Group are the activity sponsors.

Jeep Playground Gets More Challenging: Jeep Playground fans will be able to try out some upgraded obstacles that will provide a new challenge and even more fun.   The Playground features a mud pit, dirt hills, rocks, bridges and other obstacles that are made possible by Quadratec and BFGoodrich.

Jeep History Exhibit Showcases Models from the 1950s: The popular Jeep History Exhibit, sponsored by Omix-ADA, will feature 12 rare Jeeps from the 1950s including a 1953 CJ-3B, a 1953 M38A1-C Military Jeep with a recoil cannon and a 1955 Willys Fire Engine Truck.  Five models from Omix-ADA's rare Jeep Collection will be showcased in the exhibit.

Military Encampment Obstacle Course: Kids will be put to the test as the First Frontier Mechanized Cavalry directs them through a kid-friendly obstacle course similar to what WWII recruits had to face in the 1940s.  Uniformed drill sergeants will guide them through this fun activity.

From History to How-To, Festival Offers Many Attractions

The Festival's popularity is due to its additional diverse offerings, including these:

  • World War II Encampment:  Stroll through this 1940s camp and learn how soldiers lived during the war.

  • Vendors:  More than 125 vendors from across the country will have practically any Jeep part or accessory imaginable.  New and used items are for sale.   

  • How To Clinics:  Experts will teach audiences useful information about parts, accessories and safety tips for their Jeeps. The clinics are made possible by Diehl Automotive Group.

Other Festival sponsors include:  4WD Hardware, BesTop, ENI, Northwest Bank, The Butler Eagle, JeepTopsUSA, John Marshall Catering, Fox's Pizza Den, Bartact, Simpson Family Jeeps, Rausch Creek Off-Road Park, Dale McClymonds Inc., Sunbelt Rentals, Dana Holding Company, Tire Express and Armstrong.

Plan to Attend: Jeep owners who want to bring their Jeep and participate in Festival activities with their vehicle must register to attend.  Pre-registration is available online until May 8th and on-site registration will be held at the Festival June 10-12. Limited on-site registration will also be offered at the Festival each day starting at 8 a.m.    Those who want to simply come to see the fun can purchase spectator tickets at the gate.  Tickets are $10 for adults and $3 for kids 3-12.  For more information, visit www.BantamJeepFestival.com or call 724-256-4050.

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