Up to 1,400 Jeep enthusiasts expected for 3rd annual 'Jeepin' with Judd'

By Rick Elmhorst, Anchor/Reporter
Last Updated: Thursday, February 16, 2017, 11:59 PM EST

Up to 1,400 Jeeps are expected to converge on the Clear Springs property near Bartow Feb. 17-19 for the third annual "Jeepin’ with Judd" fundraiser, which benefits Polk Sheriff's Charities.

  • Jeeps participate in obstacle courses
  • Registration fee is $80 at the gate, viewing is free
  • More information: http://jeepinwithjudd.com/

Deputy Doug Tanner, a Jeep enthusiast, came up with the idea for the event that he now runs by visiting similar events in other cities.

“What I like is you can go buy a jeep and go right off the showroom and do some of this,” he said. “And once you start learning to drive you start getting more comfortable doing things.
 
During "Jeepin' with Judd," participating Jeeps make their way through obstacle courses ranging from "pretty easy" to "very difficult."
 
Tanner described Jeepin’ with Judd as a family friendly event, and the Jeep owners have a natural bond with each other fueled by love of their Jeeps and what they can do in rough terrain.
 
“There’s just a community that helps each other, and it’s good clean fun," said Tanner. “Expensive sometimes, but a lot of good clean fun.”
 
The registration fee for Jeepin' with Judd is $80 at the gate. Spectators can attend for free.

Rick taking a ride with Jeepin' with Judd creator Deputy Doug Tanner. (Bay News 9)