Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival
March 11, 2011
There have been many exciting things happening the past few weeks as plans for the event continue to fall into place. Read on for the latest Festival updates!
Petersen's 4Wheel and Off-Road Features Festival
The May issue of Petersen's 4Wheel and Off-Road
has an incredible story that has many folks buzzing.
In his 4X Forward column, editor Rick Pewe talks about the Jeep's 70th birthday and the Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival and says:
"Bantam was the originator, innovator, and true father of the vehicle we owe everything to in this sport. The town of Butler, Pennsylvania, the birthplace of the American Bantam Car Company, is having an incredible event this summer to celebrate the jeep...It all started there in Butler and I challenge any driver of a jeep or non-jeep to show up and honor the event simply because you would do that for your grandpa."
The May issue is currently arriving in mailboxes and newstands across the country. Read the entire piece here. If you haven't pre-registered yet, you might want to do it now so you can snag one of those highly coveted dash plaques the first 500 paid parade registrants receive!
New Sponsors Support Festival
Sponsor support is necessary for us to have all of the great events and activities we've been planning, and we're so excited that several companies have stepped up to be part of our event.
Nemacolin Woodlands Resort Off-Road Driving Academy featuring Jeep is co-presenting the brand new Bantam Jeep history exhibit that will debut at the Festival. But that's not all! They'll be offering Jeep Rubicon Ride Alongs for up to four people with a professional driver. Sounds like some fun you won't want to miss!
4Wheel Drive Hardware is presenting the three on-site trail rides at the Fairgrounds. The trails (two stock, one modified) will be about 1/2-3/4 mile long and will give Jeep owners a taste of what it's like to drive off-road on-site at the Fairgrounds. This opportunity is included in nearly all Festival participant registration packages.
Butler Health System is encouraging Festival attendees to get active and enjoy Butler County's great outdoors with its sponsorship of Camp Bantam. Guided outdoor programs including hikes, biking, kayaking, geocaching, disk golf and boat tours are being offered at Moraine State Park on Saturday and Sunday. Most activities are free, including round-trip transportation from the Fairgrounds. Sign up to participate in Camp Bantam right away!
Be sure and visit these companies who have just signed up for vendor space at the Festival. We really appreciate their support and know they'll have great products for you to check out. The latest vendors to join us include:
Zone Off-Road Products
Banner Ads Available for You To Post
We're making it easier to spread the word. You can download three different banner ads from our website and post them on the various jeep-focused websites that allow free ads to be posted. We hope you'll help us get the buzz moving!
Enjoy the Outdoors at Camp Bantam
We just posted information on the website about the outdoor activities you can participate in as part of Camp Bantam on Saturday and Sunday. Presented by Butler Health System, this is a great, inexpensive way to try a new outdoor activity or just enjoy some time at beautiful Moraine State Park. Limited space is available so register to participate soon!
Does Popeye Jeep Like You?
If you've heard from Popeye Jeep on your Facebook page, then it's just us wanting you to like us so you can be in the know about the Festival. Even better, check out our Facebook Community Page and "like" it. You'll get some of the Festival scoop before we share it in our monthly updates!
Want to Know More?
If you'd like to learn more about the event and how you can participate, check out our website. We're looking forward to sharing even more exciting updates next month!
About the Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival
The Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival is organized by the Butler County Tourism & Convention Bureau and a group of committed volunteers and Jeep enthusiasts who want to create a signature annual event celebrating Butler, Pa.'s role as the birthplace of the jeep. The Festival will take place in Downtown Butler and at the Butler County Fairgrounds along Route 422, just west of Butler. Our goal is to create a premier annual event that attracts Jeep enthusiasts from all over the Mid-Atlantic region.