The Iowa All Breeds Jeep Show and 4X4 event was held in Cambridge for the first time on Sept. 23 and 24. The show was held in the Cambridge Offroad Park, which is located on the southeast corner of town.
“This will be our permanent home moving forward,” said Paula Brown, Iowa Jeep Club treasurer from Story City. “This is an ideal location and it’s perfect for what we’re doing. It’s really nice to have Cambridge community support.”
The weekend temperatures were well above normal, but that didn’t keep Jeep owners away. A record number of Jeep members and owners showed up to drive obstacle courses, drive back road trails, show off their vehicles and meet with other Jeep and 4X4 owners.
“This is a yearly event, and any vehicle which has four wheel drive can participate,” said Brian Bales from Des Moines. “I’m a Iowa Jeep Club member and it’s just fun. This is a community and it’s a super good crew to be around.”
The city opened up a green area on the east side for camping, and a street dance was held Saturday night.
“This has been one of the best events ever. We had 200 vehicles on the grounds at one time and that’s a record,” said Vince Ewald, president of the Iowa Jeep Club, who is from Slater. “Things are going smoothly; we’re working out a few bugs since this is our first time, but the city of Cambridge has been awesome to work with.”
The Iowa Jeep Club currently meets the first Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Pizza Ranch in Ames. For more information about the show, go to www.iowajeepshow.com.