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JeepFest will be back in Marble Hill this year. Trails and obstacles are definitely set, but Homebase and spectator events, like this scene from 2019, may still see COVID restrictions.
The board which oversees the yearly Sheriff’s JeepFest met last week and committed to bring the popular event back this year after it was cancelled in 2020 due to COVID concerns.
JeepFest will be its usual Labor Day weekend with events beginning on September 2nd and going through Sunday, Sept. 5th based on announcements from the Sheriff’s Foundation.
Sheriff Donnie Craig said, “We want to assure the public that we are definitely having JeepFest this year. We will be monitoring the COVID situation right up until the festival and may make adjustments as needed.”
This will mark the 10th year of the popular event which draws more than 2,000 registered Jeepers from around the region and thousands of spectators to view the Jeeps in mudpits and obstacles.
Organizers say at this point they are committed to the trails and obstacle course events, as these are relatively safe from a social distancing perspective. Each person/group is in their own Jeep with whatever family or friends they choose.
Other events such as concerts and Homebase events may be subject to restrictions depending on the situation at the time. The JeepFest board is in contact with Jasper City Hall in regard to the usual Friday night event in town. While the board recognizes the economic impact to businesses with the Friday night show-n-shine and concert, they are going to defer to the city as to how that evening is handled.
It is hoped that an improved COVID situation will allow for some exciting 10th year plans that had to be shelved in 2020, according to the board.
Members of the Sheriff’s Foundation board are Dan Pool, Adam Richards, Mark Maddox and recently-joined Brian Hudgins.