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2015 Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival Seeks To Break a World Record

Posted in Events on May 13, 2015
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Photographers: Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival/Paula Slomer

A few years back, the first ever Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival set a new Guinness World record for the Largest Parade of Jeeps in the birthplace of the mighty Jeep, Butler, Pennsylvania. As luck would have it, the record has now been broken by the Jeep event at Daytona Beach, Florida known as Jeep Beach.

On Sunday, April 26, 2015, Jeep Beach accumulated an official parade count of 1,846 beating the old record of 1,106 Jeeps which gave them the honor of the world’s largest Jeep Parade. As you can probably imagine, the Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival wasn’t just going to give up and let Jeep Beach take the title without a proper fight so this year, they’re organizing what they hope will be the largest parade of Jeeps in the world once again.

The inaugural festival attracted Jeepers from more than 20 states as well as Canada and this year should definitely attract a whole lot more if the birthplace of the Jeep has anything to say about it. The Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival announced back in September 2014 that it would be repeating it’s Guinness World Record parade on Friday, June 12, 2015 in Butler, Pennsylvania to celebrate the Bantam Jeep’s 75th birthday.

The goal was to break the old record of 1,106 Jeeps but now the gauntlet has been thrown down and the Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival has put the call out for Jeeps to bring the record back to Butler, Pennsylvania. Jeep enthusiasts from around the world are being asked to register for the 2015 parade. The Registration Deadline is May 17 so make sure you sign up yourself as well as your seven-slat (or nine) slat Jeep of choice! The parade will cost $15 to participate in and includes a commemorative dash plaque, downloadable photo of each participating Jeep as well as a commemorative gift. The parade will begin at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, June 12. The Jeeps will stage at Butler County Community College between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and then travel north on Route 8 and through Downtown Butler. The parade is just one of many activities that will be taking place during the 2015 Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival. All activities except the parade will be held at Cooper’s Lake Campground near Slippery Rock on June 12-14. More than 1,000 Jeep owners from 30 states and Canada are registered to attend.

To register for the parade and other Festival events, please visit: bantamjeepfestival.com

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