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Old 05-16-2010, 08:37 PM   #1
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Northern NY Jeep Rally - Any Interest?

I work at the Museum on Fort Drum, NY, and every year, we host a history event to which we invite vehicle collectors and reenactors - basically a little get-together, open to the public, and generally pretty relaxed.

We had this event on Armed Forces Day (May 15, last Saturday) this year, and my boss went, "Why don't we have a Jeep Rally along with the event next year?" As we tend to draw vintage Jeeps and other vintage vehicles, I thought it would be pretty cool.

So, I guess I'm curious as to whether there'd be any interest?

We are looking to do this in either June or July next year and would love to have any year and type of Jeep. What we offer would be a place to get together, talk to other Jeepers, maybe the ability to buy/sell/trade parts on the site. We'd also have camp space if anyone wanted to spend the night as this would probably be a Sat/Sun event.

One thing we would LOVE to do would be to get the chance to convoy out to the training areas and ride the range road / tank trails out there - old Jeeps, new Jeeps, other military vehicles, etc.

Would anyone be interested in doing this?

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i would be very interested, also is there anyway to make it somewhat of a fundraiser for soldiers families who may need money or help with bills due to injury or the loss of a family member or husband or wife?. my little brother is stationed up at fort drum hes with the 10th mountain 1-32nd. he will be returning to afganistan in october. i think your idea is awsome and i can gurantee i can get at least 10people to come with me and they would gladly donate money, they may not all be jeeps but they will come.

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Old 05-16-2010, 10:28 PM   #3
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I am not sure what the legalities would be regarding making it a fundraiser.

With us being a Museum, there tend to be odd rules about that sort of thing. We are currently taking donations of care package items and paying to box and ship them to units of 1BCT in Afghanistan, and we specifically are not allowed to take any monetary donations, just goods, for that. So I'm not sure how we would be able to take money at an event. But I will certainly check into it!

If we cannot make it a fundraiser, I could make sure to have fliers and stuff for people for Soldiers Angels and Wounded Warrior Project - two organizations that do A LOT for our troops and that I would love to see people donate to.

My husband is in 1BCT and currently in Afghanistan.
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first off god bless your husband and we all hope for his safe return home. also what about instead of a funraiser its like bring an item type thing? like bring a newer dvd, not a crappy old one, magazines, snacks and stuff like that? i know there may be problems with donating money and what not.
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Old 05-17-2010, 12:11 PM   #5
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That's definitely something we would be able to do - ask people to bring items to put into care packages. While my husband will be back for next year's event (YAY!), we always have at least one of the BCTs deployed at a time, so care packages are always a great idea.
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Old 05-17-2010, 12:47 PM   #6
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I would be very interested, and live on the other side of the lake! I've been waiting for something like this that is closer to me!!
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maybe we should just arrange a jeep meeting up there for like july or august or somthing? i wonder if theres anywhere to go for light off roading and just gettin muddy up there. let me know i can get people to come up.
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mud, im about 2hours or more from watertown. i go riding down here sometimes if you ever wanna come down to albany and get muddy
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Old 05-18-2010, 10:48 AM   #9
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I'm not sure whether there is any place up here for light off-roading, but if anyone wanted to set up a casual get-together, maybe meet up somewhere near Watertown in a parking lot to meet, swap parts, talk about places to go, whatever, I think that'd be a great idea. There are A TON of Jeeps in the area - would be nice to get them together!
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Wow this would be good I would love to come and see this (my jeep wont be ready for 2 years) but would love to meet everyone and maybe part with some money at the show.
We need meets like this.

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Old 05-19-2010, 10:56 AM   #11
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i could set somthing up for down here in albany, if you guys dont mind traveling. let me know who might be in for it, i can make some calls.
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Old 05-19-2010, 12:34 PM   #12
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Maddogmick - Make sure to check out my other thread, "Name that Event". We will tentatively have an event next year on Flag Day weekend (June 14 and 15).

It will be a while before we get a heads up from JAG regarding the feasibility and legality of having a buy/sell/swap section, and need to coordinate with Safety regarding the trail ride and rules for it, but we are definitely looking to include a Jeep Rally, along with military vehicles from any time period, plus reenactors.
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Old 05-20-2010, 10:07 AM   #13
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i wanna take one of those new small MRAPS out those things are amazing!, then i wana take out the huge mrap the friggin 40ton one. now that is just fun!
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Old 05-21-2010, 02:11 AM   #14
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im up for it im about 1 hr from watertown
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Old 05-21-2010, 09:27 AM   #15
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FYI - just talked to my local Jeep dealership and they might be interested in sponsoring the event. Never helps to have a sponsor. Even better if the sponsor is relevant. I get a lot of work done there and they are great - they've given me some really good deals, too.
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let us know, lets see if we can get somthing possibly for late june early july? i got some time off comin up with my shoulder surgery and i would love to hang out for a bit.
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If anyone wanted to do something this year, maybe we could start a Meetup page for it and have a Jeep Meetup - something simple and casual. Our event at the Museum won't be until next year - Flag Day weekend (June 14/15), so make sure to put that on your calendar!
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i am up for a meet up my jeep should be finished in a couple of weeks (well all the mods im putting into it will be done)
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well heres the deal, i am getting my shoulder surgery may 27th, i wont be able to drive for like 3weeks but after that i would definatly be down. abby if you wanna start up a meet page let me know, we can get a head count, where u guys wanna meet in albany or watertown?
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Okay, I'm too cheap to pay $12 a month to create a MeetUp group. Maybe we can just talk about it on here and put a note on Craig's List about it when the time comes closer?

I would prefer somewhere around or near Watertown - I am not at all familiar with Albany. I guess it depends on whom we've got and who's closer to what, though. I'll start a separate thread for a NNY Meetup.
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AbbyK9, if you are interested in Fort Drum area Jeepers try MilitaryJeepers.com. I am currently in 1BCT in Afghanistan also. Just moved to Watertown in June and deployed in July. I would be interested in a Jeep meet and greet next year. Any excuse to take the top down, load up the wife and kids and drive the jeep.
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I'm certainly interested. We are a couple of hours away, but it sounds like a great time for a good cause.
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yeah,this is sounding good,im totally interested in this,great idea bringing the care packages as well too
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Id be up for it.....im down in the catskills so id need a hotel nearby please keep me updated on your event and the details. Would love to see some jeeps and ride the trails
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AbbyK9, I am in Watertown and would be totally interested in meeting other Jeep owners. My Jeep should be in by the end of April. Will need tips on what to add on to her if my finances allow. Hit me back with a note when you can. Thanks !
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AbbyK9, I am in Watertown and would be totally interested in meeting other Jeep owners. My Jeep should be in by the end of April. Will need tips on what to add on to her if my finances allow. Hit me back with a note when you can. Thanks !
Um Hi

FYI.. Abby has been M.I.A since mid December.. However I am sure there is a jeep club in northern ny that could help
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Thanks! I will try to find the Jeep club and contact them.
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This sounds cool, I run the DRMO on post.
Www.steelsoldiers.com would be a great resource to use also

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