(Aug. 23, 2013) Ocean City Jeep Week kicked off yesterday, Thursday, with a welcome party and activities continue all weekend. Events include a Jeep crawl on the beach, an obstacle course and a Jeep show during the countywide celebration. Close to 500 Jeep enthusiasts pre-registered for the weekend’s events and additional locals and day trippers are expected to join in the fourth annual Jeep Week, said organizer and promoter Larry “Sack” Sackadorf.
“It’s kind of a crazy ride,” Sackadorf said. It’s “just a local, down-home thing.”
Sackadorf launched Jeep Week in 2010, when a bike crash left him immobile for seven weeks. With three-and-a-half weeks of planning and around 200 registered participants, “we were pretty well satisfied with the outcome,” Sackadorf said.
It has grown each year since, and “it’s going to grow again,” Sackadorf said.
This weekend’s activities are as follows:
Friday morning, visitors can watch 250 Jeeps travel south along the beach from 30th Street to the inlet. Registered Jeeps will leave at 8 a.m. from the Jolly Roger Amusement Park parking lot on 30th Street. Tune in to 98.1 FM, the Rude Awakening Show with Bulldog at local Irie Radio, for live radio giveaways during the beach crawl.
Today from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the 45th Street Village will host a Jeeper Breakfast Buffet, $10 for those with a registration coupon.
Today from 10-11 a.m. a scavenger hunt takes participants off Ocean City’s main strip and into the surrounding area.
Today at 1 p.m., Jeep Weekers meet at Oasis in Whaleyville for live music and another Jeep party.
Tonight from 6-10 p.m., the Jeep Week Crab Feast takes place at Hooper’s Crab House in West Ocean City. The menu includes corn on the cob, shrimp, crab cake sandwiches, hot dogs, cheeseburgers, fries and crabs. Adults pay $35 and the cost for children 12 and younger is $15. Beer and soda is included.
After the Crab Feast, the 45th Street Taphouse hosts late-night festivities.
On Saturday, Barrett’s car dealership in Berlin hosts Show-n-Shine, a Jeep show with more than 360 pre-registered vehicles. Registration begins at 8 a.m., judging is from 9-11 a.m. and trophies in more than a dozen categories by CC Customs are awarded at 11:30 a.m.
Saturday at noon, take a road trip to the obstacle course at the Pocomoke Fairgrounds. Food will be for sale inside the clubhouse.
Saturday from 1-8 p.m., attend Jeep Jam at CC Customs in Berlin, where there will be an obstacle course, mud pit, live music and a swap meet, among other activities. Registered Jeep Week participants get half off admission, $5. The cost for general public is $10.
Saturday at 9 p.m., the 45th Street Taphouse hosts a late night Bay Party.
On Sunday, the Eastern Shore Jeep Alliance Land Tour leads two trips to the club’s land trails across its 80 acres. Trips will leave from the Walmart parking lot on Route 50 in West Ocean City at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Pack a cooler for lunch. The event is free to registered Jeep Week participants.
“There’ something for everybody,” Sackadorf said. “Everybody who likes Jeeps, wants a Jeep, has a Jeep, thinks Jeeps are cool” will enjoy Jeep Week.
To learn more about Ocean City Jeep Week, visit www.oceancityjeepweek.com. Those who aren’t registered for events can come to the venues early and look for Sackadorf.
The public is welcome at all Jeep Week events.