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May 2nd, 2012, 01:04 PM
Bantam Jeep Fest Goes Global!
Last month, we mentioned that Jeep owners from 24 states and Canada have already registered for the Festival. Now, we're happy to announce that several countries are being represented.

Our friends from Down Under will be back to visit with participants and enjoy the Festival this year. If you didn't see it, Australia's Jeep Action Magazine gave us some great coverage of the 2011 Festival in multiple issues. How far will you travel to attend the Bantam Jeep Fest?Register now and give us some news to share next time!

Butler is the Best
Smithsonian Magazine ranked Butler, Pa. number seven on its list of America's Best Small Towns. You can read the full article here, but much of what attributed to this success is our Jeep heritage - a feat we share with all of you! We hope you'll make the trip a bit early, or stay a few days later and explore the other sites that make Butler "the best." Request a FREE Official Visitors Guide, which includes maps, itineraries and a discount card. Brochures are also available to suit your specific interests, such as history or shopping.

Centre City Summer Jam to Coincide with Jeep Invasion
The good times will roll during the Jeep Invasion. Not only will there be DJs throughout downtown, but Butler Downtown is sponsoring a Summer Jam to coincide. Three different bands will perform throughout the evening in a brand new venue, just off of Main Street. There will be no shortage of music to contribute to the fun!

You're the First to Hear of Our New Demo
If you like speed, you'll love the newest component we're adding to the Festival. The Rausch Creek RCRocs Race Series is coming to us to do what they do best. Watch these professional drivers race through our Jeep Playground. Their high horsepower, custom-tuned rock race vehicles can fly over the rock crawl, but are also built for speed. This will be happening Saturday night from 5-5:45 p.m. in the Jeep Playground that is presented by 4WD Hardware.

WWII Encampment Bigger and Better in 2012
If you loved the WWII Encampment, make sure you stop back this year. It will be even bigger and better than before. First Frontier Mechanized Cavalry is working on setting up a field telephone network between various tents throughout the camp.

This will be a great aspect to get the kids interested in history. For our new Festival fans, the encampment features more than 20 original 1940s Jeeps. The Cavalry dresses in uniform and recreates a military camp to tell stories about their restored Jeeps and the winning role they played in the war. The encampment is presented by Highmark.

Sponsors Rolling In
Moraine State Park is working on a brochure to accompany the Moraine Trail Ride, sponsored by 84 Lumber. The brochure points out interesting sights and facts along the 5-mile trail. This trail is a once-a-year opportunity, open just for our Festival!

Quadratec is proud to sponsor both the Show 'n Shine and Ruff 'n Tuff competitions this year. Whether your Jeep is spotless or covered in mud, there's a category for you to enter so be sure to sign up soon. Maybe you'll take home a great trophy and bragging rights for a whole year! Be sure to check out the great merchandise special deals they'll have at the Festival this year.

Thanks to Butler Health System for sponsoring the Jeep Invasion. We will dominate downtown Butler on August 10th with 1,500 Jeeps of all shapes and sizes. It will be quite a sight so be sure to come and enjoy our street party.

Spots are also filling quickly for the Mystery Road Rally sponsored by Peoples Natural Gas and Sheetz. Only 200 Jeeps can participate in this scavenger hunt across the County. Register soon so you and your family and friends can have some fun exploring our county. Twelve differentdriving routes are being created for this new activity.

Sneak Peek at 2012 Vendors
Wondering who will be at the Festival this year? Here's a sneak peek at the vendors who have registered early:Draken Offroad, Gr8tops, Mountain Off-Road Enterprises,Skyjacker Suspensions, 1 Source Publications, Meridian Off Road Center, Truck Stuff And More, Hyline Offroad, Superchips, BDS Suspension, Zone Offroad Products, Winfield Winery and Adventurous 4x4. If there's someone you really want to see there, let them know! All of our vendors will be stocked with parts, accessories and more. Start making your wish list now and be prepared to take home some great stuff!

We Made It!
Thanks to you, we reached our goal of 3,000 Facebook likes. Our deadline was by the Festival, so we're absolutely thrilled to have reached the goal more than 100 days early! Guess we need to aim a little higher now! If you don't already "like" us, please do. If you do, thanks - tell a friend or two! (or all of them!)