We had the pleasure of sponsoring and attending this year’s Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival held at Coopers Lake Campground, which is about an hour away – right in our back yard.
The show ran from June 13-15 this year, keeping up with the tradition of ending the show on Father’s Day for the second year in a row. Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival brought in participants from 28 different states and even some from Canada. There was a large number of attendees and participants with 1,911 registered Jeeps, a number which does not account for the thousands of jeeps in the spectator parking or vendor/sponsor rigs.
Participants were able to enjoy on-site trails, an obstacle course, “Jeep Team Challenge”, show and shine, a WWII military encampment and even a “Muddy 5K Race”. With so many things going on, it kept spectators and participants on the go all day long. Friday night, downtown Butler, Pennsylvania played host to the event’s “Jeep Invasion”. It is such a large gathering of Jeeps and Jeep enthusiasts that they have to close the roads for the exclusive use of participants!
Saturday evening after the show ended, they hosted the “Great Pig Out” pig roast, a great way to refuel after a long day in the sun playing with Jeeps. Sunday morning kicked off with a catered Father’s Day breakfast, so you could get some food in that belly and be ready for another fun day at the show. Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival is a very popular event in the northeast region and continues to grow. We hope to be back again next year to lend a helping hand.
Our Staff Experience
We saw that the weather was going to be very nice for the weekend, so we all agreed to camp out at Coopers Lake Campground where the event was being held. We had just finished setting up the two campers and here come two gentlemen walking across the street from their campsite. They saw the 4WD logo on our clothing, on our trucks and on our jeeps and were ready to fire away some questions.
We happened to stay up to about 3 a.m., just hanging out with these two guys, talking about their Jeeps, what they could do to them next and how much it would be to do this or do that. One of the things on the customers’ list of “things to do next” was a winch. He had just installed a bumper with a winch mount, but didn’t have a winch yet.
So, we made him a deal: if he bought the winch from us the next day, we would personally install it right there in the campground for him. Sure enough, the next day he came to our booth and not only did he buy a winch, but also a programmer and a lift kit and wheels for his wife’s Jeep.
The show ended that night, and as we are getting back to the campers to finally sit down for a minute, our neighbors for the weekend were sitting by the jeep with the winch un-boxed and ready to be installed. We grabbed some tools and began the installation. Winches are fairly easy to install, so we had it done pretty quickly and our friends had a brand new working winch.