BUTLER COUNTY, Pa. – The Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival is offering even more to see and do during its seventh annual event in Butler County, Pa. June 9-11, 2017. The event is presented by Peoples and held at Coopers Lake Campground, about 60 minutes north of Pittsburgh.
“The Festival is a great time for anyone who loves Jeeps because we offer a family-friendly atmosphere that features both on-and-off road rides, a Jeep obstacle course, exhibits, a WWII encampment and more than 100 Jeep parts and accessories vendors who travel here from all over the U.S.,” said Patti Jo Lambert, Festival director. “We attract more than 2,000 Jeeps from 30 states who come here for a long weekend of Jeep fun.”
The Festival offers activities for Jeep owners to do with their Jeeps. There are also plenty of things to see for those who don’t own the popular vehicle or just want to see the attractions and visit the vendors.
New in 2017:
Jeeps on the Rock Trail Ride
New this year, this off-site, stock-friendly ride features a three-mile trail ride and one-mile off-road track featuring hills, banks and even more fun. It’s perfect for those who want to experience a mildly adventurous activity that doesn’t require special off-road equipment.
Babes of Bantam Trail Ride
This new activity is just for the ladies! Female drivers will learn off-road skills and be coached by experienced female off-roaders as they maneuver over obstacles with their Jeep. The event takes place on Friday afternoon, June 9, on both a stock trail and the Jeep Playground obstacle course.
Bantam Night Ops Mission #2017
The Festival debuted this new activity in 2016 and it’s being expanded due to its popularity. Jeep owners can now choose one of two trails to drive on Thursday night before the Festival gets underway, one where they use lights and one with just the lights of the leader.
Jeep History Exhibit
The popular History Exhibit will feature more than 20 rare Jeeps from the 1960s, including an M-715, Jeepster convertible and FC-170 fire truck. The Festival will also be unveiling the second phase of its Faces of Jeep grille exhibit that features Jeep grilles from the 1960s.
From Obstacle Course to WWII Encampment, Festival Offers Many Jeep-Themed Attractions
- The Festival’s offers something for all ages to do, see and learn. Here are some Festival favorites:
- Jeep Invasion: This Friday night event in Downtown Butler features a street party, 1,200 Jeeps and 15,000 Jeep enthusiasts.
- Jeep Playground Obstacle Course: Several new challenging obstacles are being added in 2017.
- World War II Encampment: Stroll through this 1940s camp and learn how soldiers lived during the war. Several restored military Jeeps from the 1940s are featured.
- 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.
- Ride with A Guide: Test drive a new Jeep on the off-road stock trail
- Muddy 5K Race: This Jeep-themed on-foot race features plenty of obstacles and tons of mud.
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 7th. 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 or call 724-256-4050.