Bantam 2019 is coming soon. The biggest news to me is that we are working on improving the on site trails for this year. I spent last Saturday cutting a new section of one of the Blue trails while another group worked on the other Blue trail. We are doubling the length of both trails. We are also adding more obstacles to the black trail. Hopefully that will make that one a bit more of a challenge. We had yet another group working on the rough riders trail and I hear there was some good stuff over there too. They had some Jeeps stuck and had to do some recovery... well, so did we.
Who's in for this year?
Pre-registration begins Monday, January 14 at 9 a.m.
We know many of you have been anxiously awaiting the day that pre-registration opens and now it's almost here! Last month we told you all about the new activities and enhancements you can expect to experience this year (you can read about everything new below in case you missed our last email).
We encourage you to spend some time on our website over the next few days so you can learn about all of the activities you may want to register for this year. That way when registration opens, you will be ready to go! Don't forget to coordinate with your Jeep friends too...that way you can sign up for some of the same ride times, etc.
You might also want to consider volunteering with us. If you've been to Bantam before, you know it takes hundreds of people to help us execute the Festival. Without our volunteers, we wouldn't be able offer so many exciting activities for you and your friends and family to do at Bantam. When you volunteer, you are required to work two shifts (approximately 4 hours each) and the payoff for your time is $130 of FREE activities, a Bantam 2019 volunteer t-shirt and the chance to meet more fun people who love Jeeps as much as you! Learn more about volunteering here.
Download our helpful guides for completing your volunteer and participant registration here and here.
When you register, don't miss your chance to order your 2019 Festival and Invasion t-shirts. They will arrive just a few weeks after you complete your registration. In addition, this year we have an exclusive opportunity for you to win complete sets of BFGoodrich tires. Only 100 raffle tickets will be sold for each set, maximizing your chance to win!
Here's What's New in 2019
Expanded On-Site Trails: The on-site trails are one of the Festival’s most popular activities. Now participants will have the chance to go off-road on longer trail rides. Two “blue” trails for modified Jeeps will double in length, offering even more off-road fun for attendees with Jeeps capable of traversing more challenging terrain. In addition, the “black” or “extreme” trail will be enhanced with a rock climb for Jeepers who want to test their Jeep’s ruggedness even more.
Enhanced Jeep Playground Obstacle Course: More obstacles will be added in 2019 so Jeep owners can test their driving skills in new ways. A more challenging rock crawl, new dirt features and stair climbs will complement the existing mud pit, a crowd-favorite.
Bantam Rough Riders Trail Ride: This new off-site trail will give all Jeepers a fun experience. The trail will accommodate all Jeeps fitted with quality all-terrain tires and tow hooks. The trail will offer a variety of experiences for novice drivers as well as those who enjoy driving through various elevation changes and muddy conditions. Bypasses will enable Jeep owners to avoid any sections of the trail that may have more challenging conditions than desired.
State Park Scenic Tour: Historic sites at Moraine State Park and Jennings Environmental Education Center will showcase Butler County’s state parks to Festival goers. The tour is an on-road experience for all Jeeps and includes stops and informative talks at three different locations within the parks.
Bantam Poker Run: Now Jeep owners can play poker Bantam style! Participants will visit 6 different locations outside of the Festival grounds and one location within the grounds. This activity gives Jeepers the chance to explore the scenic rolling hills of the area and potentially win prizes for the best and worst poker hand.
Bantam Barbee Jeep Race: Ride-on Jeeps are not just for kids! This new Saturday evening activity at Cooper’s Lake Campground is sure to add some hilarious excitement to Bantam! Those who pre-register to bring ride-on Jeeps that meet all rules and requirements can race other riders down the hill in a slalom-style course. Multiple heats will enable participants to advance to the final race for a cash prize. A Loser’s Dash for Cash race will give all previously disqualified participants one last shot at some prize cash too. The activity is free for all spectators to watch.
Bantam Festival of Lights: Lights are one of the most popular Jeep accessories. Now Jeep owners will have a chance to show off their light packages on Saturday night at Cooper’s Lake Campground and win prizes for the “Most Colorful” and “Best Use of Lights”. The activity is free for spectators who want to see the night sky lit up by bright, colorful lights.
Festival Hours Extended
New in 2019, the Festival will change some operating hours to give participants and volunteers more time to check out the latest parts and accessories offered by vendors from all over the United States and to see other Festival attractions. While hours for registered Jeep owners to participate in activities with their Jeep will remain the same (starting at 9 a.m. each day and ending at 4, 6 and 3 p.m. Friday through Sunday respectively), the vendors and attractions such as the Jeep History Exhibit, Merchandise and Raffle booths, Ride with a Guide, WWII Encampment and others will open at 10 a.m. each day. On Saturday, they will remain open an extra hour until 7 p.m. and on Sunday the will remain open two extra hours until 5 p.m. (except for the History Exhibit and WWII Encampment which will close at 3).
Visit our website to learn more!