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Jeepers! It’s JeepFest 2018

By Denise Ray This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The tradition continues as thousands are expected in Pickens County to support of local children’s charities. JeepFest will kick off with Jeeps rolling into town on Thursday August 30 and will continue through Sunday September 2.

JeepFest, the annual three-day is packed full of Jeep® obstacles, trails, mud, concerts, rides, food and much more. It is located at 8795 HWY 53 EAST, in Jasper, Ga. As always, spectators are free for the weekend and are encouraged to come out on September 1 and 2 to enjoy the fun event

When Pickens County Sheriff Donnie Craig wanted to raise money for the Georgia Sheriff’s Youth Homes in 2011, he started with a Jeep ride which involved 100 participants.

Fast forward to 2017 with over 2,300 attendees—from 18 different states—and numerous rides over a three-day period.

“We started trying to find something that had not been done before in our area to help draw a crowd and support an incredible cause.” Sheriff Craig said. “We never knew the depth of passion that the Jeep community had as the event has continued to expand.”

Funds raised from the event go to a variety of youth charities through the Sheriff’s Foundation of Pickens County.

“In 2017 alone, nearly $170,000 was given out to charities , including the Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes, the Joy House, Prevent Child Abuse Pickens County, the Special Olympics for all of Pickens County, Angels on Horseback, and a variety of other youth charities,” according to Kris Stancil of the PCSO.

Stancil says the Sheriff’s Office anticipates another large crowd this year.

“Due to space limitations, we did not invest a lot into marketing the event this year and with over one month remaining before the event, registration has surpassed 1,000 Jeeps that have preregistered,” Stancil said. “Each year, close to 50 percent of those in attendance register at the gate.”

Organizers are working hard to make improvements to the property to limit any impact to the roads in the area. The addition of gravel / rock, a tire cleaning area, and road department staff on site throughout the weekend should reduce the amount of dirt making it to the roadway. A rerouting of the parking grounds combined with additional traffic control should assist in the heavy congestion as well.

To register and find more information, go to www.sheriffsjeepfest.com

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