SOMERSET – The KY Hillbilly Jeep Krew is back in Somerset with a new weekend event in support of the local chapter of the American Cancer Society.
The Krawling Over Cancer event begins this Friday, May 7 and continues through Sunday, May 9.
The three-day event kicks off Friday night with a Show ‘N Shine kick-off celebration at Buffalo Wings and Rings. The Krew held these shows on a monthly basis, choosing a different company each time as a way to boost the local economy.
The club will wrap up the weekend on Sunday with a hike on the Mother’s Day Trail. Participants will depart from Eastway Market on East Ky. 80 at 1 p.m.
Both of these events are free.
The main event is Saturday’s 2021 Jeep Jam. The Krew has teamed up with Lake Cumberland Speedway for an extravagant day out featuring live music, racing, mud bogs, rock crawling, inflatables, a vendor lane, concessions and more.
Headliners are country artists Brad Hardin from Danville and Jordan Foster from Somerset.
Krew President Andy Doss added that several Relay For Life teams will also be part of the vendor aisle to raise funds for ACS.
The Jam is not limited to Jeeps; any 4×4 owner is encouraged to get out.
“If your vehicle has off-road capabilities, it’s welcome,” observed Krew member Jeff Kidd, adding that prizes will be awarded for different classes of 4x4s. “Also bring your American Flag, Club Flag or Cancer Flag with your vehicle and at the Open Ceremonies all will be welcome to parade down the track before the races begin!”
Doss said the Krew was inspired by the Great Smoky Mountain Jeep Invasion, which will hold its 9th annual event in August in Pigeon Forge.
“My parents went to the first one about eight years ago,” Doss said. “They attracted about 100 Jeeps to that first event and over the years it grew to 10,000 last year.
“Members who started the Krew, we like to go [Invasion] and I thought, “Why don’t we try to do something like that here,” he continued. [Somernites Cruise] The car show has become something big that happens every month during the summer.… Let’s just take a member and try to make a big Jeep show for the community because we’ve seen it grow in this area .
Doss went on to say that the Krew chose to benefit the American Cancer Society after hosting a winter coat drive as well as Christmas dinners late last year.
“We didn’t want to do the Jeep Jam just for ourselves,” Doss said. “We want to help someone else by doing it.”
Admission is $25 all day with children 10 and under free. Doors open at 10 a.m. with music starting at 1 p.m. and shopping at 6:30 p.m.