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Friends of the Bantam Jeep Association to Offer Financial Gifts to Butler County 501c3 Non-Profit Organizations

Application Deadline is September 30th

For the fourth consecutive year, the Friends of the Bantam Jeep Association, Inc. (FBJA) will award gifts to Butler County 501c3 non-profit organizations.  The program has awarded more than $75,000 to organizations in the community since 2016. 

 “The Association’s Board of Directors feels very strongly about giving back to our community,” said Todd Wagner, FBJA president.  “It’s been amazing to see all of the great things local non-profits have been doing in Butler County over the last few years.  They work extremely hard to make a difference, and FBJA has been very fortunate to have the means to help them with their organization’s projects.”

Application Requirements and How To Apply:

  • Butler County 501c3 non-profit organizations must apply online. The online application, available at, must be received no later than September 30th at 5 p.m. 

  • In the application, organizations must explain in 500 words or less how they benefit the community and how any potential funds received will be used. 

  • Applicants must provide proof of non-profit 501c3 status.

  • After gifts are awarded, the recipients will be expected to provide an update on their projects’ progress and/or completion and provide photos to demonstrate the gifts’ impact on their organization.

 “Applications received from Butler County 501c3’s will be assessed by the Association’s Board of Directors,” said Wagner.  “Gifts will be distributed based on need and how the gift benefits the community. Last year, our gifts ranged from $500 to $2,200.  The Association will be awarding a gift of $2,500 on behalf of Omix-ADA, a premier Festival sponsor who raised funds by selling select merchandise at the 2019 event.”


Festival Already Helping Local Groups

In addition, the Association has already provided more than $23,000 to other local organizations that helped execute the 2019 Festival. More than $81,000 has been given to involved organizations since 2016. 

Those organizations include: 377th Engineer Company/Butler Reserve Unit; Butler American Legion Riders; Butler County Symphony Association; Butler Health Clinic; Butler Masonic Lodge #272; Butler Outdoor Club; CB Rangers; Civil Air Patrol; Community Care Connections; Compeer Corps; Heritage Region Jeep Alliance; Moraine, McConnells Mill and Jennings Commission; Rodfathers of Butler; and Slippery Rock Fire Department (Lawrence County).

On-site registration activities available: UPDATED Friday


If you missed our pre-registration deadline, don’t worry!  You can still be part of one of the most popular Jeep events in the United States.

On-site registration opens at 8 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 7-9. On-Site registration closes at 3 pm on Friday, 5 pm on Saturday and 1 pm on Sunday.   When you arrive at the Festival’s Main Entrance at Cooper’s Lake Campground, simply make the first right turn after you enter the lot and proceed to the large Registration tent (see map for location).  We accept both cash and credit. There is an on-site registration fee of $10.

Additional passenger wristbands can be purchased on-site as well for anyone who will be driving or riding in a Jeep at Coopers Lake.

  • Adults are $20

  • Minors 7-17 are $10

  • Kids Under 7 are Free but MUST be registered for

These are the activities that still have openings available at on-site registration, along with the cost and number of Jeeps that can still register to participate:

  • Bantam Poker Run: 78 spots remaining

  • Playground/ On-site trails: 489 spots remaining

  • Mystery Road Rally: 608 spots remaining

  • Bantam Proving Grounds Jeep Pull: Saturday

    • Stock: 21 spots remaining

    • Modified: 14 spots remaining

  • Bantam Proving Grounds Jeep Pull: Sunday

    • Stock: 19 spots remaining

    • Modified: 20 spots remaining

  • Best of Bantam: 214 spots remaining

  • Jeep Team Challenge on Saturday: 13 spots remaining

  • Decorate Your Jeep: 410 spots remaining

  • Barbee Jeep Race: 30 spots remaining

  • Festival of Lights: 450 spots remaining

  • Moraine Trail Ride: Saturday

    • SOLD OUT

  • Moraine Trail Ride: Sunday

    • 80 spots remaining

  • Bantam Rough Riders Trail Ride: Saturday

    • SOLD OUT

  • Bantam Rough Riders Trail Ride: Sunday

    • 71 spots remaining