[Event Report] 22nd Annual PA Jeeps All Breeds Jeep Show, York PA

This will be a relatively short report, but I thought I would type it out while things are fresh on my mind.  This past weekend I attended the PA Jeeps All Breeds Jeep Show, for the tenth time, but the first time I had my own booth.

Loaded up and ready to roll to York, PA for the 22nd PA Jeeps All Breeds Jeep Show

Just like at Bantam I was able to have my own booth to promote the overland lifestyle and share some of my knowledge and experience in the form of hands-on workshops.  However things didn’t turn out how I expected.  Read on for the brief after-action-report…

Setup

Getting things set up in my very narrow booth.

Hard ground requires a hard hammer.

This new deluxe ARB room courtesy of Bomber Products is perfect for a weekend like this.
Check out their site for their Awn-Lock brackets, awnings, and room kits.

Luckily I don’t have an inferiority complex.
JCR Offroad on the right.
Torq-Masters on the left.
There are worse neighbors to have.

Pre-Party

Attending the Mount Zion Offroad open house and pre-show kick-off party
Managed to connect with longtime Patron Support Team member Josh (aka @greenjeep1)

Just something about a long line of Jeeps

The weather was almost perfect…
… almost.
More on that soon.

Another Patron Support Team Member (@joshdgregg) flexing his JKU out on the Metalcloack CTI ramp.

Even managed to run into a Corporate Partner.
Rigid Industries flexing their JKU on the CTI ramp.
Check out those coil-overs up front and that Dynatrac ProRock front axle.  #want

Remember that weather? It turned.
Heavy heavy rains pushed us indoors till it let up and we could head out.

On with the show

As I mentioned before, the premise of me attending the show was to provide attendees with some hands-on workshops.  Each day I offered up three workshops on Tire Pressure Management, Overland Recovery Kits, and Preparing your Jeep for Overland Travel.  In between sessions I talked to attendees about the overland adventure lifestyle, the mission of ECOA, and the No Highways Tour book series.  Although the vast majority of attendees align more with the rock-crawling and trail-riding end of the off-road enthusiast, awareness and interest in the overland adventure lifestyle is continuing to grow.

Not a bad little booth if I don’t say so myself.

Rocking the Overland Solar 150w solar panel to keep the fridge cold.

Just sitting here watching people pass by.
Got to talk to a lot of people about the overland adventure lifestyle.

I didn’t get to walk around the show much due to being stuck in the booth.
But I did manage to spot this beauty in the camping area.
I think a J-Truck would make a great overland rig. Don’t you?

Roy and his wife have a great set up.
Talk to them at least year’s show and it was nice to talk to them again this year.

Prepping for a workshop on Tire Pressure Management
This is what it’s all about.
Thanks to the following corporate partners for supporting these workshops:
Tires: Cooper Tire
Bead-locks: Coyote Enterprises
Onboard Air: ViAir Corp
Deflators: J.T. Brooks

After the show

After a long day in the hot sun it’s nice to kick back with a cold beer (or two).

I also took time to read this great article on batteries by Brian from Overland Solar.
Spoiler Alert… you might just see some of those Odyssey Batteries in a future ECOA article

ECOA is a firm believer in the Leave No Trace ethos.
It doesn’t matter if it’s public or private land.
Doesn’t matter of it’s a wild forest or a developed fairground.
We do our best to leave no trace that we were ever there.

Conclusion

Having my own booth will take a little getting used to.  In past years I was free to roam and socialize as I wanted.  This time around, like the Bantam show last month, I was tethered to my booth.  Thankfully a great number of friends, family, and fans stopped by to say hi.  I also got to talk to a lot of new people about ECOA, the No Highways Tour book series, and the overland adventure lifestyle in general.  All in all it was a great show.

In the future I hope to have a better booth layout.  I now realize there is a difference between a 10×40 and a 40×10.  I hope next year to get something more along the lines of a 20×20 or even a 20×30 and maybe invite someone to share the booth with me.

Now the time has come to reset once again and prepare for the Mid-Atlantic Overland Festival.  I also hope, once I get new shocks on the LJ, to run the Trans-PA-Trail.  Shows are fun and all, but I’m itching for an adventure.

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If you enjoyed this event report, and would like to be a part of helping ECOA fulfill our mission to educate, encourage, and inspire by doing demonstrations at more shows like this, please considering joining the ECOA Patron Support Team. Not only will you help take ECOA to the next level but you’ll get access to patron exclusive items like hardcover copies of the 2017 No Highways Tour books as well as a 10% discount at the ECOA/NHT online store on cool swag like patches and stickers.