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 2016, nearly 2,200 Jeeps from 28 states and Canada attended with an additional 15,000 spectators joining them over the three-day event. More than 150 vendors selling Jeep and off-road related items sell products during the event as well. In the course of its six 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.
The mission of the Friends of the Bantam Jeep Association Inc. is to educate the public about the history of the Bantam jeep’s creation in Butler, Pennsylvania through the annual Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival and to support charitable endeavors, including through contributions to other 501(c)(3) organizations. The Association has awarded financial gifts each year after the event to local non-profit organizations in the community.