|A Jeep climbs a steep, bumpy path uphill along a line of boulders. PHOTOS BY JIM FRANCIS|
JeepFest is for the adventurous and a Crawl for the Children
Sheriff’s JeepFest in Jasper is an annual event held Labor Day weekend and created by Pickens County Sheriff Donnie Craig with one purpose – take care of kids and have fun doing it.
Since the event is hosted by the Sheriff’s Foundation, a non-profit organization, the board of directors work each year to identify needs in local, state and national youth needs to support. Some of the charities include the Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes, the Joy House, Special Olympics for Pickens County, the Boys and Girls Club, the Jasper Youth Sports Association and more.
|Jeeps follow one another in single-file, muddy formation.|
Each year since its inception, Jeep enthusiasts are attracted to Jasper, Ga. from all over the United States with some from as far away as California and Wyoming. The pre-registration alone had 1, 183 participants for 2017, with others registering at the gate on Highway 53 between Marble Hill and Tate. The three-day event had planned activities including trails roaming woods and creeks, boulders to climb with challenge for the daring in the mud at Pig Pen Family Mud Park.
Live music was on the schedule along with vendors and of course a wrecker or two. Surprising Jim Francis, photographer for Smoke Signals, was the sighting of Big Canoe residents Martye and Claude Marsh who are normally patrons of the arts and obviously, as Francis learned, curious JeepFest enthusiasts.
|Martye and Claude Marsh of Big Canoe are ready to watch some good, old-fashioned
mud-slinging at Jasper's JeepFest.