On February 6, through February 7, 2015, the Polk Sheriff’s Charities hosted the first ever Jeep-centered fund raising event called “Jeepin’ with Judd” at Clear Springs Ranch in Bartow.
The Clear Springs Ranch is situated off of Cox Road in Bartow and provided over 2,000 acres of the company’s beautiful and topographically varied 18,000 acres for participants to ride trails and test their vehicles’ capabilities.
There were approximately 436 jeeps with over 1500 people in attendance over the two day event. Some 170 volunteers donated their time helping to raise approximately $25,000 for Polk Sheriff’s Charities and the Florida Sheriff’s Youth Villa.
And there was something for everyone. The purpose of the event was threefold: First, to create a safe, family oriented Jeep festival where memories can be created that will last a lifetime. Second, to design challenging and enjoyable obstacles and trail rides which feature the best that Jeeping in Florida has to offer. Third, and most important, the event was set up to raise money for local worthwhile charities.
The event and property included a total of six trails and a nearly mile-long obstacle course. The trails were rated scenic, intermediate, and extreme. There was also a popular night ride around Clear Springs Ranch. Vendors from as far away as Illinois, New York and Georgia provided food, Jeeps and Jeep related merchandise and equipment. There was an outstanding “show and shine” at Tom Edwards Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep in Bartow.
Having Clear Springs as a “Jeepin’ with Judd” partner just made good sense. Clear Springs Farms is an agriculture company known for focusing on cattle ranching and produce farming and production. But the company also supports the local community and various charitable efforts.
According to the company’s website, “At Clear Springs, our business model focuses on quality products, excellent customer service, and reinvesting earnings in both the land and in the community. In addition to Agriculture, Clear Springs’ Master Plan includes a Corporate Research Park (anchored by education and workforce training through the Polk State College Advanced Technology Center), Industrial, Offices, R&D, Retail, and Hospitality, Recreation, and Conservation.”
The PCSO extends a special thanks to Clear Springs owner’ Stanford Phelps for allowing the use of the beautiful property; and to his staff, Doug Conner and Carroll Keen for their help in the event’s success.
Thanks to all of our sponsors:
· Tom Edwards Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep
· Clear Springs
· Jester Off Road
· Polk Sheriff’s Charities, Inc.
· 97 Country – WPCV 97.5 FM
· The Jeep Hut
· Talk 1430 – WLKF
· MAX 98.3 FM
· NAPA Auto Parts
· McGee Auto Services & Tires
· Seward Off Road
· JCR Off Road
· Jeepers Den & Truck Accessories
· 4 Wheel Parts
· Carolina Metal Masters
· Happy Trails 4X4
· Poisen Spyder
· Trail Team Six
· Specialty Powder Coating LLC.
· Forever Wave Roll Bar Flags
· Revelation Photography
· American Outlaw Jeep Parts
· Nerfherder Creations
· Tepui Tents
· Outkast Gear
· Jeep Grown
· The Hungry Monkey
· The Chic Coop
· The Rolling Gourmet
· Smokin’ Taters BBQ
· Just the Goods
· Early Bird
Participants couldn’t help but offer their remarks about the event:
George Touchton wrote “I just wanted to let you all know your organization and support was second to none! I will be making this a yearly event as long as you continue to do it! My brothers and I had an absolutely fabulous time. I drove from League City, Texas, 2200 miles round trip and would do it again in a heartbeat! I got to meet the Sheriff, had my picture made with him, I was even on the news –thank you for a wonderful event!”
Pat Laza wrote, “We've got to agree, the Jeepin with Judd event has got to be one of our favorites so far! Everyone was friendly, trails were spectacular, and the views of the ranch were amazing! We are proud to say we were a part of Polk County’s first Jeep event. We will be part of it for years to come. Thanks to all who had a hand in putting this event together.”
To see additional photos and read about the event, please visit http://on.fb.me/1LDfvF4.
ar, and the views at the ranch were amazing! We are proud to say we were a part of Polk County's first Jeep event! We will be a part of it for years to come. Thanks to all that had a hand in putting this event together!ar, and the views at the ranch were amazing! We are proud to say we were a part of Polk County's first Jeep event! We will be a part of it for years to come. Thanks to all that had a hand in putting this event together!