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More than 20,000 People Attend Annual Jeep Festival

Jul 01, 2017 10:38PM ● By Vanessa Orr

Story and photos by Vanessa Orr

It was a Jeep invasion June 9-11 when more than 2,420 Jeeps and their drivers converged on Coopers Lake in Butler County, PA for the Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival. More than 20,000 people, including 140 sponsors and vendors, paid tribute to the beloved vehicle over the three day festival, coming from 27 states and Canada.

“We saw a 12 percent increase in registered Jeeps this year from 2016, and an increase of 20 percent in attendance,” said Festival Director Patti Jo Lambert. “There were also more than 15,000 Jeep lovers in downtown Butler for the Jeep Invasion on Friday night.”

This year’s festival was so successful, in fact, that a Jeep festival is now planned for fall. The event, which will take place from Sept. 29-Oct. 1, will include a bonfire and hayrides at Cheeseman’s Fright Farm, use of Jeep trails and the Jeep playground, and night rides.

The deadline to register for the Bantam Jeep Fall Fest is August 15. Check out for details. You can also visit the website to see photos of this year’s festival and competition results.