The Friends of the Bantam Jeep Association (FBJA) is a non-profit organization that provides opportunities for Jeep owners and Jeep enthusiasts worldwide to learn, share, and celebrate Jeep ownership. FBJA educates the public about the history of the Bantam jeep’s historical roots in Western Pennsylvania and Butler, PA and its successors. The Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival, which is a fun and family-oriented annual event, enables FBJA to use its operational proceeds to support charitable contributions to other local non-profit organizations in the community.
Our Core Values
The Friends of the Bantam Jeep Association and the Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival hold these core values:
Jeep Fellowship: Our driving strength is our people. From Festival volunteers and participants to Jeep owners and enthusiasts, we enjoy spending time together celebrating the Jeep lifestyle.
Family-Oriented Outdoor Adventures: We’re proud to host one of the largest annual gatherings of Jeep owners anywhere in North America. We provide a fun experience for all ages – on the trails and playground, in the campground and throughout all of the activities and attractions we offer to our Bantam fans.
Jeep History/Education: The world’s original Jeep, made right here in Butler County, Pa., helped win a war and inspired an iconic vehicle's global evolution. We ensure that the Jeep’s heritage is shared through exhibits, presentations, and activities during the Festival.
Charitable Support/Community Involvement: Our adventures help others. Our dollars are shared with local, non-profit people empowering organizations who do amazing things to help make Butler County an even better place to live.
Jeep Pride: The pleasure we experience from our time together with the Jeeps we love is the reason we work and play hard. There is only one Jeep. We are proud of its birthplace and celebrate every time we turn the key.
About the Festival
The Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival is a tribute event for the father of all jeeps, the history behind it, the people who created it, and its birthplace, Butler Pennsylvania. The event provides Jeep enthusiasts with on and off-road experiences to embrace the vehicle's past and the lifestyle it now promotes.
The family-friendly event is held at Coopers Lake Campground, about an hour north of Pittsburgh, PA every year on the second weekend of June. The Festival has on-site off-road trails, playground with obstacles, Jeep History exhibit, huge vendor area with 150+ companies and more!
The Festival began in 2011 with just over 1,000 Jeeps. The Festival set the Guinness World Record for the Largest Jeep Parade that same year. In it's fifth year, it broke that record when it welcomed 2,420 registered Jeeps to downtown Butler. In 2019, over 2,500 Jeeps from 31 states and Canada attended with an additional 27,000+ spectators joining them over the three-day event. More than 150+ vendors offering Jeep and off-road related items sell products during the event as well. In the course of its nine years, the Festival has grown to include something for every Jeep enthusiast whether their interests are off-roading, history, military Jeeps, showing off their vehicles or simply enjoying the Jeep lifestyle.
The Friends of the Bantam Jeep Association, Inc. (FBJA) is a non-profit organization comprised of a group of committed volunteers who plan and execute the Festival.
Friends of the Bantam Jeep Association Financial Gift Program
The Friends of the Bantam Jeep Association (FBJA) began the Financial Gift Program in 2016. Each year after the Festival, Butler County 501c3 Non-Profit Organizations are able to submit an application for projects or services they provide in the community. Read more about the outstanding organizations that the Festival has helped to support. More than $75,000 has been given away to date (as of 2018) through the gift program. Read more about the gift program below: