Second jeep fest planned in Butler County
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Organizers are revving up preparations for the second Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival, following the success of the inaugural celebration last year.
A call is being issued, though, for more volunteers for the festival, to be held Aug. 10-12.
Most activities will be at the Butler County Fairgrounds, along Route 422.
"We're closing in on the halfway point of what we need," said Patti Jo Lambert, a spokeswoman for the Butler County Tourism and Convention Bureau and one of the key drivers of the festival.
Last year, some 200 volunteers helped with the festival that lured more than 1,000 jeep owners to Butler County.
Ms. Lambert is hoping to recruit about 250 volunteers this year.
"We've got some new activities planned," she said.
One of the new features is a "mystery road rally" which involves sending 200 or so jeeps on eight routes on a scavenger-hunt-styled trip.
Also new is a backyard party, of sorts, in place of a big Saturday night concert.
The party will involve a pig roast, games and local musical groups.
The jeep festival shines a spotlight on the heritage of the Bantam Jeep, which was produced in Butler.
Online registration is available to volunteers at www.bantamjeepfestival.com.
Volunteers are needed to help between Aug. 8 and 13 in admissions/raffle sales; merchandise sales; registration; fairground activities; parking; trash collection; fairground setup; and fairground tear down.
Volunteers will receive a T-shirt and free admission for themselves and a guest to watch events that day.
Jeep owners who volunteer for two shifts (approximately four hours each) will receive a participant wrist band and free jeep registration for the jeep invasion, playground/on-site trails, Moraine trail ride, show 'n shine and ruff 'n tuff.
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First Published June 21, 2012 5:34 am