Organizers are expecting a large crowd of Jeep owners at the 5th Annual JeepFest this week.
The event officially kicks off with a night ride Thursday and continues through Sunday.
Sheriff Donnie Craig said they began the fundraiser for youth charities five years ago with 60 Jeep owners and one ride. This year they have already registered around 900 Jeep owners and the events last over the whole
weekend with vendors, obstacles courses, a concert Friday in Jasper and trail rides around the county.
“I am still just amazed at how well the event has grown,” he said. “I am just blown away.”
Craig wanted to emphasize that it is a community event, with numerous businesses and groups participating.
“It is humbling to see so many people get together,” he said.
Organizers remind local drivers that most of the events are in Marble Hill on Highway 53 and traffic will be heavy there around the Homebase. They also invite the community to come and watch any of the Jeep action at the event that is free for spectators.
Anyone riding the trails or obstacle course does need a decal which can be purchased at the Homebase.
Check out Sheriff’s JeepFest page on Facebook.