Okie Jeep Jam to kick off Friday

A worker bulldozes rocks while building a Jeep playground obstacle at Hatbox Field. The playground is part of the Jeep Jam.

MUSKOGEE, Okla. — Jeep drivers can prove their skills at bouncing over boulders, crossing concrete barriers and splashing through mud pits this weekend.

Okie Jeep Jam to kick off Friday

Jeep drivers can test their skills at crossing concrete barriers at the Jeep Playground, part of Okie Jeep Jam.

Celebrate the Jeep during Jeep Jam, Friday through Sunday.

Exchange Club of Muskogee, Greater Muskogee Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism, and City of Muskogee sponsor the event, which raises money for Exchange Club-supported charities.

The event is free for spectators.

Jeep registration is $50 before Friday and $60 on Friday. 

Muskogee Parks and Recreation Director Mark Wilkerson said he expects about 200 vehicles to participate. 

Festivities begin 5 p.m. Friday with a Downtown Invasion.

Jeep drivers are encouraged to cruise and park along Broadway between Second and Fourth streets.

The event will feature a Show-N-Shine contest with several categories, including vintage, stock, modified, "most used and abused," most off road capable and Best of Show.

There also will be a Scavenger Hunt, in which people pick up cards and fill their cards by visiting visit downtown businesses and restaurants, said Chamber Tourism Director Justin O'Neal.

Okie Jeep Jam to kick off Friday

A worker pushes dirt against pipes while preparing a Jeep playground at Hatbox Field.

The group Main Street Martyr will provide live music through the evening.

Saturday and Sunday, participants can drive three trails around Hatbox Field. Urban Crawler is a looped trail with various terrains. Hatbox East is a curvy beginner course. Hatbox West goes through the woods and features mud, creek beds and ridge climbing.

Drivers also can try their skills on a Jeep playground.

"People can go and drive their Jeeps across big tires, mud pits, cars, barriers," O'Neal said.

The playground even features a Jeep teeter-totter, Wilkerson said 

"People drive up on it, then on the other side, it goes down," he said. "They can drove up there and try to balance on the center point. But it's kind of a fun thing to go over and down on."

Okie Jeep Jam to kick off Friday

An excavator moves a pipe while preparing a course for Okie Jeep Jam, set for Saturday and Sunday at Hatbox Field.

Spectators can enjoy live music Saturday night, O'Neal said. Food trucks and other vendors will be available.

Football fans don't have to miss Saturday's University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University games. O'Neal said the games will be shown on big screen TVs inside the Hatbox Hangar. He said it will have a "beer garden atmosphere."

Wilkerson said he expects the Jam to grow in coming years.

"We think we can attract 2,000 Jeeps to come to this event in the future," he said.


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