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More than 200 loads of dirt have been brought into the new site of Sheriff’s JeepFest in Marble Hill to make the obstacle course for the September 4-6 event. Coming still are loads of marble scraps courtesy of Imerys that will be turned into stacks for the registered Jeeps to crawl over, before heading to trails, also in the vicinity of Highway 53.
As of Tuesday more than 800 Jeep owners had registered for the event which includes trail rides, obstacles and a lot of vendors. The event is a fundraiser for the Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes and the local Sheriff’s Foundation who provides scholarships, emergency relief and funds to other local non-profits. Sheriff Donnie Craig said the registered number of Jeeps is well ahead of last year’s figures. He estimated they may see 1,500 or 1,600 registered Jeepers taking part this year – about double last year.
The weekend activities are all free to watch, including a Friday night event on Main Street in Jasper with bands. There is no Saturday bonfire this year; it was removed from the lineup to encourage visitors to explore local restaurants and stores and to take a major task off the volunteer workforce.