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This past weekend BDS loaded up the rigs and headed east for the Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival. Held just north of Butler, Pennsylvania, this event brought together thousands of Jeepers, for a weekend of family fun activities in the hometown of the birthplace of the Jeep. The event came about a few years ago to celebrate the town and the company that led to the WWII “Jeep”. Back in 1940 the American Bantam Car Company won the bid from the US Army to manufacturer a 4WD reconnaissance vehicle. You can read more about the history online, but ultimately the task of building nearly 600,000 “Jeeps” went to Willys-Overland and Ford to meet the US Army’s deadlines.

The 3-day festival includes tons of activities out at the fairgrounds by day and nightly activities like the Jeep Invasion of downtown Butler. By day the fairgrounds were filled with thousands of Jeeps enjoying the nice (at times windy) weather, hitting the trails and obstacle course, stoping by vendor booths and swap meet looking for hard to find items, checking out demonstrations, checking out the Jeep history museum, show-n-shine competition, and entering to win swag in the raffle.

BDS was out at the event set up in the vendor area with Project KJ, our  2013 and 2014 Ultimate Adventure tested diesel Jeep Liberty along with the #EverydayChase F250. Along with showing off new products, answering questions and handing out swag, we held a raffle with our friends at FOX, Zone Offroad, and JKS to giveaway gift certificates, and a set of shocks. Around the show we spotted tons of BDS equipped Jeep in the crowd and wanted to thank all everyone that stopped by the booth to say hi. Its pretty safe to say the highlight for us was taking over downtown Butler for the invasion party. With over 1500 Jeeps setup along the streets of Butler is was a mix of old vintage and new school Jeeps. A big thanks to the town of Butler, the staff that organized it, and the law enforcement officers for their support. Now back to the office, the 8-5 grind, until next time Butler…

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