Jeep will will be celebrating their 75th birthday this year at the Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival. This festival is held in Butler, Pennsylvania from June 12-14. The Jeep Heritage Festival will pay tribute to the Bantam Reconnaissance Car (which was the first jeep) with a parade, rare models, and various off-road trails.
The most anticipated event is the Guinness World Record parade in which they will have one Jeep from every year of production (1940-2015) that will lead the way. This means that there will be 2,000 Jeeps in the 3-mile route. After that, all of the Jeeps will line the streets of Butler for a party.
“Our fans have been asking for another parade since we set the first record in 2011, and we thought the Bantam Jeep’s 75th birthday was the perfect time to do it again,” said Patti Jo Lambert, the festival director.
There will also be a history exhibit. This exhibit will feature the only remodeled BCR and around 12 rare Jeeps from the 1940’s. Along with this, there will be a World War II Encampment area that will contain more than 15 WWII Jeeps, which will shed light on what military life was like during the Jeep era.
Now if you are like most Jeep fans and would rather get down and dirty, then the off-road and on-road trails will be perfect for you. You will be able to put your skills to the test while navigating through mud, trees, and other hazards and get the chance to explore the Butler area.
All the events will take place at Cooper’s Lake Campground in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania (except the parade). If you are planning on bringing your Jeep to the festival, you must register. Pre-registration is available online until May 17. Daily admission for adults is $10 and $3 for kids 3-12.
I am thinking about going to the event. It is only a 4 hour drive for me and it would be fun to hang out with a bunch of Jeep fans. I would consider taking my Jeep, however I have Jeep Liberty (stock) and most of them would probably laugh at me for not having a “real” Jeep. Anyways, are you planning on going? Let me know in the comments below.