MONTICELLO –– More than 150 jeeps lined up on a brisk Friday morning at Rivas Farm on September 16 to kick off the 2022 Jeep Jamboree, an event in which Jeep owners travel from all over …
MONTICELLO –– More than 150 jeeps lined up on a brisk Friday morning at Rivas Farm on September 16 to kick off the 2022 Jeep Jamboree, an event in which Jeep owners travel from all over to experience driving over the trails and rugged terrain that Jeeps are built for.
Drivers and their passengers began arriving Thursdsay afternoon to pick up their welcome packages and get settled in before the early send off on Friday.
The morning of, trail riders gathered under the tent for breakfast, catered by Mr. Willy’s. Prior to the event being moved to Rivas Farm, Jeepers used to launch directly from Mr. Willy’s, but when the restaurant closed down, they found a new location to launch from. The one thing that has not changed in 25 years, though, is the great food and even better memories that are made each year.
Mike Taylor, the owner of Combined Energy Services (CES), explained a little bit of how this event is put together each year.
“There are 37 different Jeep Jamborees across the United States, sponsored by Jeep, and they set basic ground rules and help organize the event.”
The event sold out just a few weeks after tickets went on sale, and there are typically a lot of returning guests each year. There were 13 different trails to choose from this year, and people get to choose their own. Each trail is rated by difficulty and there are requirements for equipment on some of the harder trails.
Locally, the Jeep Jamboree in Sullivan County raises money for the Trevor Loughlin Foundation, and over the past 25 years, the Jamboree has donated nearly $70,000.
Taylor also said, “It isn’t a race. It is just about getting out and getting through challenging trails, obstacles and mud that drivers typically might not get to experience.”
“Private land owners allow us to utilize trails that go through their property for the event, and having a lot of land is key for motorsports and getting people out to enjoy it.”
Taylor summarized the event by saying, “Different walks of life come together and are connected by Jeep.”
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