The Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival has become one of the premier Jeep events in the country and is certainly one of the largest in the East. It’s known as the Birthplace of the Jeep and this event brings thousands of Jeepers out to celebrate the heritage of their Jeep.
It takes place at the Cooper’s Lake Campground, a few miles northwest of Butler, near the intersection of Interstate 79 and State Route 422. Cooper’s Lake Campground is a great venue. They had 135 vendors offering everything from vintage used parts to the newest and most trick aftermarket stuff, the Jeep History Exhibit, a big show ’n’ shine field, and plenty of good food.
We attended the 2017 Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival again this year. Overall, we had a great weekend with really good weather. We saw thousands of customers and had an opportunity to showcase all of our new products to them. The weekend goes quickly because there is always a Jeep enthusiast standing in the booth that’s curious about Kentrol products.
For an event, Bantam offers the customer a lot. The Event kicks off Friday with an obstacle course, offsite trails, historic Jeep tours and a Jeep invasion on Friday night in downtown Butler PA. Saturday and Sunday offer tons of activities for the customer to participate in. One thing that we specifically enjoy is the WWII encampment. There are vintage Jeeps with tents setup just like they would have been during WWII with fully dressed participants, tents and support vehicles. It’s like going back in time.
The mission of the Friends of the Bantam Jeep Association Inc. is to educate the public about the history of the Bantam jeep’s creation in Butler, Pennsylvania through the annual Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival and to support charitable endeavors, including through contributions to other 501(c)(3) organizations.
There's something very fitting about a Jeep event in Butler, Pennsylvania. After all, it’s where the Jeep began.
The Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival, one of the premier Jeep-only events in the nation, welcomes Jeep owners from all over the country to the birthplace of the Jeep in Butler, Pa.
“The Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival is an event that every Jeep enthusiast can enjoy because you can see thousands of rare military models, modified off-road-ready vehicles and stock daily-driver Jeeps all in the same place at the same time,” said Patti Jo Lambert, Festival director. “The variety of Jeep models and other Festival activities offer a fun weekend for Jeep enthusiasts of all ages. We’ve heard the Festival described as “Jeep Heaven” and for many people who attend, it’s exactly that.”
Kentrol was proud to attend and display at the Bantam Jeep Festival this year and to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Jeep. The event overall was fantastic, we had great weather and got to speak with hundreds of customers about our high quality stainless steel accessories for the JK, TJ, YJ and CJ. For Kentrol it was a great opportunity to showcase new products as well as our newly built JKU Wrangler. We installed 37” tires with a 2.5” lift and Aries Fender Flares to allow the 37’s to fit with minimal lift. The Jeep turned out great and was the perfect selling tool for our new E-Z Detach Mirrors and Foot Pegs.
Kentrol is looking forward to attending and participating in the show again next year because it’s well organized. Bantam does a fantasic job organizing a Jeep Parade, obstacle course, off-road trails with Rausch Creek off-road park and a great vendor show layout. The show happens to honor the Bantam Jeep which eventually evolved into the Willys MB and the Ford GPW. It is the father of all Jeeps. Bantam produced a total of 2,675 Jeeps and never produced another vehicle after that. They then produced 'jeep' cargo trailers, torpedo motors and other items until they closed in 1956. The Bantam was built in Butler PA where the show is hosted each year.
We’ll see you all next year at the Festival which will be on June 9-11 at Coopers Lake Campground in Slippery Rock, Pa!