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COOLING OFF in the springs, Jeepers take a break from the festivities at camp to enjoy a swim. Democrat file photo

Rubicon Tab 2012 (Jeepers Jamboree)

Plenty of options for Jamboree’s 60th

What could be more exhilarating than racing a sports car at speeds over 100 miles per hour? Try rock crawling in a Jeep at only three.

This year marks 60 years of Jeep aficionados gathering for the adventure of a lifetime at the annual Jeepers Jamboree. The entire event begins in Georgetown and eventually ends in Lake Tahoe, but it is the 17-mile “Granddaddy” Rubicon Trail from Loon Lake on that offers drivers world-class rock crawling and four-wheeling.

Fun and entertainment are on the books every year and this year will be no different. Twelve months of planning and preparation have gone into making this 60th anniversary an event to remember.

“Not many organizations can say they have been in business for 60 years,” President of Jeepers Jamboree Dan DeWolf said.

To commemorate this milestone, the Jeepers Jamboree will offer participants exclusive use of the Rubicon Trail, raffle drawings with prizes, activities such as fishing, hiking and swimming while in camp, a vendor show, “Diamond in the Rough” wine tasting and evening entertainment including performances from the country band Whiskey Dawn. The Jeepers are also given three meals a day and have access to mechanics and experienced guides to help them while on the trail.

DeWolf said that around 1,500 Jeep enthusiasts will brave the Rubicon Trail this year, some travelling thousands of miles to do so.

“We get people from all over the world to attend our events,” he said. “Scotland, New Zealand and China are just mentioning a few.”

Unlike the Jeepers Jamboree, which has a more adult atmosphere, there is a family oriented Jeep Jamboree event which children 10 and over are able to attend. This event does not feature a vendor show and there is only one option of a three-day trip from Aug. 3 to Aug. 5. The more prominent Jeepers Jamboree has three options of a five-day trip from July 26 through 30, a four-day trip from July 26 through 29 and another four-day trip from July 27 through the 30.

Any one of these four options provides participants the “crawl” of a lifetime on the world famous Rubicon Trail. DeWolf spoke for many when he said that every year on the trail is something special.

“Having the opportunity to be on the Rubicon Trail every year with my family and meeting new people makes every year memorable for me,” he said.

For more information on the event, call the Jeepers Jamboree office at 530-333-4771, visit the Website at or visit the page on Facebook for details on how to get involved.

Rachael A. McCoy

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