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2011 Bantam Jeep Festival

Sunday, August 14, 2011
Butler’s American Bantam Car Company developed, produced and delivered the Bantam model in 1940 in response to the U.S. Army’s request for an all-purpose military vehicle. Nearly 3,000 jeeps were produced at Bantam’s Butler factory in 1940 and 1941. The Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival is a tribute event for the father of all jeeps, the history behind it, the people who created it, and its birthplace, Butler, Pennsylvania. We got into Butler early Friday and got the new Rusty’s rig parked and set up our display before heading up into town to check out the parade. Man was I ever surprised with the parade, I have been to a lot of Jeep events but I have never seen the local people come out to the streets to help support this event. Saturday was a great day, the weather was great and the people came to play. The event had a jeep show, an off road track, and a vendors row. There where also displays so you could learn of the Bantam Jeep heritage. Saturday was finished up with several bands and the Fabulous Thunderbirds wrapped it up. The night brought us rain and cooler weather but this didn’t slow the people from coming out. Sunday was a great day as well till about 2 and the rain came again. I’m sorry for the lack of pictures but we didn’t have the support crew we needed so we had to stay around our booth most of the time. If you are in the area next year you should make planes to come, we would love to see you.

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