By Tiffeny Owens
The Cullman Times
Cullman County’s Stony Lonesome OHV Park hosted a Jeep Jamboree event last week, bringing in 38 Jeeps from 15 states for exciting outdoor trail riding and southern hospitality too.
The three-day event began Oct. 29 when Jeep Jamboree trail guides from Kentucky, Illinois and Indiana checked in at the park and started mapping out trails for the weekend ride. The participants began arriving Oct. 30, some staying at the park and some lodging in Cullman, said Mary Paden, Stony Lonesome OHV Park manager. They came from the following states: Texas, North Carolina, Florida, Michigan, Tennessee, Virginia, Illinois, Indiana, Georgia, Mississippi, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, California, Kentucky and New York.
After getting settled in and registering Oct. 31, the drivers took to the trails Friday morning. Thirty-eight Jeeps in three groups with guides rode one set of trails, and on then Saturday, the groups ventured off onto new trails, Paden said. Participants took in the scenic sights of the park and enjoyed packed lunches fromJim B's in Dodge City. Saturday evening concluded with a dinner catered by Jim B's at Dodge City Town Hall with drawings for prizes.
“There was a lot of positive comments about the park and also the people of Cullman County,” said Rick Holman from Madisonville, Ky., who coordinated the Cullman Jeep Jamboree event. “We had people dealing with vehicle issues, and the local people bent over backwards to help them get everything fixed and up and running again.”
Park officials said the event was beneficial to the county because it brought people from all across the country which produced a positive economic impact by them spending money locally.
“It is so awesome to have something here in Cullman where people from 15 different states come here from as far away as California to New York,” said Doug Davenport, Cullman County Parks and Recreation director. “The park has become a great asset to Cullman County with all it has to offer, besides the tax dollars it brings to Cullman County.”
Holman said he and park officials are optimistic the annual event will continue to grow and bring more people and the expansion of more Jeep trails to the park.
Cullman will get another visit from Jeep enthusiasts when the Jeep Jamboree returns October 31 - November 2, 2014.
For more information about Jeep Jamboree, go online to jeepjamboreeusa.com. For more information about Stony Lonesome OHV Park, go online to www.stonylonesomeohv.us
* Tiffeny Owens can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 256-734-2131, ext. 135.