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Jeepers converge on Cooper’s Campground

A contestant in the Barbie Jeep Race crashes at the finish line during the Jeep Heritage Festival at Cooper’s Lake Campground on Saturday, June 8. Morgan Phillips/Butler Eagle

Those who drove or trailered their Jeeps to the 2024 Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival found no shortage of activities Saturday at Cooper’s Lake Campground.

Jeep enthusiasts could drive their machines through a muddy obstacle course known as the Jeep Playground, which included a Jeep teeter-totter.

Contests such as the popular Barbie Jeep Race also thrilled “Jeepers” on Saturday, and the Bantam Poker Run saw Jeeps navigating a road course in an effort to win a prize.

Some activities support the charitable pursuits of Friends of the Bantam Jeep Association, the organization that puts on the festival each year.

So far, nearly $165,000 has been donated to various local charities by the association.

The Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival has been held in Butler County for 13 years.

Joyce Appel holds the winning duck after the Duck Dash during the Jeep Heritage Festival at Cooper’s Lake Campground on Saturday, June 8. Morgan Phillips/Butler Eagle
Contestants cross the finish line at the Barbie Jeep Race during the Jeep Heritage Festival at Cooper’s Lake Campground on Saturday, June 8. Morgan Phillips/Butler Eagle
Contestants cross the finish line at the Barbie Jeep Race during the Jeep Heritage Festival at Cooper’s Lake Campground on Saturday, June 8. Morgan Phillips/Butler Eagle
Spectators watch as contestant compete in the Barbie Jeep Race at Cooper’s Lake Campground during the Jeep Heritage Festival on Saturday, June 8. Morgan Phillips/Butler Eagle
Contestants cross the finish line at the Barbie Jeep Race during the Jeep Heritage Festival at Cooper’s Lake Campground on Saturday, June 8. Morgan Phillips/Butler Eagle
Spectators watch as contestant compete in the Barbie Jeep Race at Cooper’s Lake Campground during the Jeep Heritage Festival on Saturday, June 8. Morgan Phillips/Butler Eagle
A contestant in the Barbie Jeep Race crashes at the finish line during the Jeep Heritage Festival at Cooper’s Lake Campground on Saturday, June 8. Morgan Phillips/Butler Eagle
Spectators watch as contestant compete in the Barbie Jeep Race at Coopers Lake Campground during the Jeep Heritage Festival on Saturday, June 8. Morgan Phillips/Butler Eagle
Volunteers participate in the Duck Dash at the Jeep Heritage Festival at Coopers Lake Campground on Saturday, June 8. Morgan Phillips/Butler Eagle
Spectators watch as contestants compete in the Barbie Jeep Race at Coopers Lake Campground during Jeep Fest on Saturday, June 8. Morgan Phillips/Butler Eagle

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