Hundreds to participate in fifth annual OC Jeep Week

Hundreds to participate in fifth annual OC Jeep Week

(Aug. 22, 2014) Ocean City Jeep Week is in full swing with hundreds of Jeeps and thousands of Jeep owners and enthusiasts gathered in the resort to enjoy beach crawls, obstacle courses, trail rides, shows with prizes and more.

Hundreds of Jeeps line up during the 2013 Jeep Week Jeep Jam in Berlin. This year’s Jeep Jam takes place all day Saturday, Aug. 23, with a larger obstacle course, trail rides, mud bog, live music, activities for children and a fireworks show at night. (Photo courtesy of Ocean City Jeep Week)

“From watching the beach crawls to cruising around Jeep Week HQ this event has a lot of excitement and fun for the entire family,” Event Director Rafael Correa said. With more than 700 vehicles registered for the fifth annual event and an obstacle double the size of last year’s, “it looks like it’s going to be our biggest year yet.”

Jeep Week events kicked off yesterday and continue this morning with a beach crawl starting at 7 a.m. on the beach at 32nd Street. More than 200 Jeeps will travel south along the shoreline to the inlet, creating a show for early-morning Boardwalk visitors. Drivers must be registered in advance for the three-mile ride, which is at capacity.

“It’s a pretty big spectacle,” Correa said. “It definitely draws a crowd.”

Then starting at 10 a.m., Jeep owners and enthusiasts can visit Jeep Week HQ at the 40th Street convention center, which stays open until 5:30 p.m.

Jeep Week staff constructed a dirt obstacle course outside the center for Jeep drivers to tackle at their leisure and spectators to watch. There will also be fully restored vintage Jeeps and military Jeeps on display, a $5,000 build-out of one Jeep Week registered winner’s vehicle and about 20 different vendors such as Poison Spider Customs and BTW Off Road on site.

Show & Shine takes place at Jeep Week HQ with trophies for categories such as modifications, functionality and looks. For children, there will be a kid’s zone with Power Wheel Jeeps, face painting and more.

“The highlights are definitely going to be at the convention center,” Correa said. There will be “really hard-to-find vehicles that you don’t see every day.”

Friday night there will be a family fun mixer at Hooper’s Crab House at the Route 50 entrance to Ocean City starting at 6 p.m. Families can enjoy all-you-can-eat crabs, shrimp, corn, cheeseburgers, pulled pork, hot dogs, potato chips and more for $40 per adult and $15 per child under 12. There will be live acoustic music, raffles and door prizes.

Tickets are available on a first-come basis and less than 100 are left, Correa said. Register in advance at www.ocJeepweek.com/spectators.html.

Another beach crawl takes place starting at 7 a.m. at the 32nd Street shoreline on Saturday morning. Registration for the event with 250 Jeeps is full, though spectators can catch the crawl as it travels south along the beach to the inlet.

A scavenger hunt starts at 8 a.m. at the 40th Street center, taking participants on a ride through the area before ending at the Jeep Jam celebration in Berlin at 10 a.m.

At Jeep Jam, visitors can enjoy the party at Old Tyson’s Plant on the southwest side of the Route 50 and Route 113 intersection in Berlin all day until 10 p.m. There will be a large obstacle course, trail rides and mud pits for Jeep owners and live music, vendors, corn hole, horseshoes and food trucks for everyone. For children, there will be a kid’s zone with Power Wheels Jeeps, face painting and a bounce house.

“I think Jeep Jam is one of the most exciting parts of the weekend,” Correa said. “It’s the perfect all-day family fun event.”

Spectators are welcome to attend the party and watch the Jeeps run the course. A beer garden opens at 4 p.m. and in the evening there will be a bon fire before a fireworks show closes out the celebration.

Jeep Week wraps up Sunday with a send-off party at Jeep Week HQ, the convention center, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be coffee, light refreshments and a final run of the obstacle course.

Registered Jeep Week participants get free entry to Jeep Week HQ and the Jeep Jam. Unregistered spectators are welcome to attend both events, which cost $10 for a day pass to one or $15 for a weekend pass to both.

Jeep Week began five years ago when a group of local Jeep enthusiasts decided to design a weekend for the other Jeep owners in town, Correa said.

“There wasn’t really anything for Jeeps in this area,” he said. “It just grew every year.”

Last year’s event drew about 1,000 visitors from as far as Canada to see the 512 registered Jeeps, he said. The 2014 Jeep Week has more than 700 registered and Correa expects crowds in the thousands.

“It’s not only for the Jeep participants, but it’s also a spectator event,” he said. “There’s a lot more fun stuff to see.”

Visit www.ocJeepweek.com for more information and a full list of events.

Live Wire Media, C.C. Customs and The Commander Hotel on 14th Street host Ocean City Jeep Week.

 

Friday, Aug. 22

•7-9:30 a.m. — Beach crawl, beach from 32nd Street to the inlet

•10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. — Jeep Week Headquarters open, Roland E. Powell Convention Center, 40th Street

•6 p.m. — Family Fun Mixer, Hooper’s Crab House, Route 50

entrance to Ocean City

 

Saturday, Aug. 23

•7-9:30 a.m.  — Beach crawl, beach from 32nd Street to the inlet

•8-10 a.m. — Scavenger hunt, Roland E. Powell Convention

Center to Jeep Jam in Berlin

•10 a.m. to 10 p.m. — Jeep Jam, Old Tyson’s Plant, southwest side of the Route 50 and Route 113 intersection in Berlin

 

Sunday, Aug. 24

•9 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Jeep Week sendoff, Roland E. Powell Convention Center

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