Sheriff Craig’s Annual Jeep Fest took place this weekend. It was a BLAST for a great cause. FYN is still awaiting final attendee numbers but, anyone who attended the event knows it was a huge success. Lots of Mud, lots of Guts, Lots of Fun Crazy Actin’ Fun.
The weekend event started on Thursday night with a Jeep night ride.
On Friday, the Cruise-In/Show and Shine was the signature event. Jeeps paraded down Main Street in a tight formation. What a sight!
On Saturday, the Crawl on a Cop Car event (in which a raffle winners got to ‘stomp on’ a Sheriff’s car) got a crowd of at least a thousand people quite riled up!
They did the wave. They yelled out ‘Git er done . One person even did a little jig. At dusk, a concert took place in front of an open bonfire.
On Sunday, a prayer and music service ensued “Home Base” stage which was decorated with a faux old -fashioned, country style townscape.
FYN touched base with an attendee from Blairsville whose entire family awaits the event each year, Bob Crowne told us that he brought his Jeep and participated in everything he possibly could.
“I just can’t believe how lucky we are to have this in our backyard. This will be the highlight of my year.”
“There’s nothing rowdy that my family can participate in too. I have had fun, my family had fun, and my kids are exhausted from playing. I am really proud we have this in the mountains, no one else can really boast an event like this.”
But it wasn’t all about fun.
Sheriff Craig and his department, volunteers from the city of Jasper, folks from the Sheriff’s Foundation and so many others worked non-stop to keep the event safe and orderly.
All for something so important: Youth that need love and direction.
The real winners were the children that find themselves at Georgia Sheriff’s Youth Homes. The purpose of which is to:
“Give our state’s most at-risk children the love, safety, and structure needed to become mature, successful adults.”
The Sheriff’s Foundation provides assistance to the youth homes and other worthy causes.” Their mission is to:
“Provide humanitarian assistance to those who have been adversely affected by disaster, tragedy or misfortune and to invest in future generations of Pickens County citizens.”
Many recreational rider groups participated including:
Columbus Trail Riders
Georgia Who’s Riding Where
Hall County Off Road
JMA Jeep Masters of Augusta
Knox Off Road
North GA Kountry Krawlers
The Orlando Jeep Club
Tennessee Jeep Talk
As of Sunday evening, the total face book likes on the event’s page exceeded 5,000 likes.