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April 2nd, 2012, 02:52 PM
After months of planning, the 2nd annual Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival is well underway. In fact, there are less than 140 days to go! Read on for the latest Festival updates.

2012 Sponsorships are Lining Up

You'll be hearing a lot about the Festival throughout the next few months. Yes, because it's awesome, but also thanks to Armstrong's marketing sponsorship. Armstrong will be running advertisements throughout Western Pa. this summer so others can figure out what you already know -- the Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival rocks!

The best place to get down and dirty at the Festival is back! 4Wheel Drive Hardware is sponsoring the Jeep Playground, where you can climb over rocks, maneuver through obstacles and, of course, get muddy! 4WD is also sponsoring a newbie for this year, the Jeep Team Challenge. Bring the whole family to watch this unique event that has Jeep owners doing some unconventional driving exercises that will show off their skills (or lack of them!)

Jeeps of all shapes and sizes can get a taste of off-roading on our offsite trails, sponsored in part by Diehl Automotive. The short trails are perfect for first-timers in stock Jeeps, yet still enjoyable for those decked out for off-roading.

Flea Market Sellers Wanted
Is your garage overflowing? Need some spare cash? We're looking for individuals interested in renting space at our Flea Market. If you have used Jeep parts, there's no better place to get rid of them than at a Festival with thousands of Jeep lovers!

A 10' x 20' space is $75, or $150 for a 20' x 40' space, and you'll receive two vendor wristbands which are equivalent to spectator tickets. You must provide your own table, chairs, etc. To reserve a space, simply go to the Festival website, click "Info" and you'll see the Vendor tab.

If you want to get your hands on a 2012 Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival shirt before the event, they can be purchased online during the Participant/Volunteer registration process. All merchandise includes shipping and handling costs. Yes, this means the shirts will cost less at the Festival, but you'll risk the chance of what you want selling out!

Shirts will be mailed every few weeks, so you won't have to wait until August! A merchandise shipping schedule is available in the F.A.Q. section of our website.

How Many States Will Be Represented?
We've only had registration available for four weeks, and already more than 400 Jeep owners from 24 states and Canada have signed up! Make sure you tell your friends to speed it up so they don't miss out on all of the fun! Hmmm....can we have at least 30 states represented this year? Thanks to all of you who have already committed to making the Festival part of your summer season!

Reserve a Booth for your Jeep Club
For all of you enthusiasts out there that are part of a Jeep or Off-Road Club, we've got a great, free opportunity to promote your organization and recruit new members. We're offering a free 10' 20' booth space to each requesting club. Power, tables, chairs and tents are not provided.

Participating Clubs must commit to providing a minimum of two qualified volunteers on Saturday and Sunday to help on the Playground and On-site Trails for one shift per day (approx 4 hours). To reserve your club's space, simply go to www.BantamJeepFestival.com, click "Info" and see the tab for Clubs. We really appreciate the volunteer help, and hope you'll want to take advantage of the volunteer benefits and promotion opportunity! It's a win-win situation for all!

Go Ahead and Like Us!
If you like the Festival, why not like it on Facebook? We're on Facebook and Twitter and would love to have you follow our posts. Updates are made regularly, so it's the best way to keep in touch with the Festival and fuel your enthusiasm! We're trying to reach 3,000 Facebook likes by August 10th - can you help us reach our goal?

Do You Have an Addiction?
Your addiction very well might be Jeeps, but in this case, we're wondering about the time you spend online? If you regularly visit Jeep/off-road forums, make blog posts or spend time on Facebook, help us spread the word about the event! If you would like us to provide information for you to post, just email us at info@bantamjeepfestival.com.

Is There Someone Else You'd Like to See?
Vendor registration is now open on www.BantamJeepFestival.com, so if there's a business you'd like to see at the 2012 Festival, be sure to tell them! Prices are reasonable and the attendees are some of the nicest people you'll ever meet!

Check Out These Great Jeep Events
If you like hanging out with other Jeepers, you might want to think about having some fun at two worthwhile events. Jeep Beach is coming up on April 25 in Daytona Beach, Florida. If you are up for a road trip this spring, then head South and have some fun. You can read the info here.

Adventure Chrysler Jeep Dodge, one of our 2012 Festival sponsors, is organizing the Northeast Ohio Jeep Road Rally. The special fundraising event will take place on Saturday, May 19. Funds raised will go to support the work of the Chardon Healing Fund, which supports the needs resulting from the tragic events at Chardon High School on February 27, 2012. Join Adventure for this very special fundraiser, meet your fellow Jeepers, and show what it means to be a Jeep Owner. Check out the details!