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Arriving at Boon Baptist Church for the Blessing of the JeepsCadillac Jeepers Sponsored Event: Jeep Blessing 2004

This was our first time to attend the Jeep Blessing. We were told by Jake Foster to arrive at the Boon Baptist Church at 9:00. We were jeep 138. Jake had mentioned that they might need another trail boss for the ride and of course we told him we were willing to help anyway we could. We had to fill out a basic information sheet and sign a waiver release for the obstacle course. We were given a numbered pink tie-on The Open Upper Deckfor our antenna so at the course they would know we had filled out the appropriate forms. Mike and I walked around taking pictures of jeeps that we liked and meeting a couple of the jeep owners. We were surprised to see some other types of vehicles, The Cookie Monster, a Kyser from the Whitehall, Michigan 4x4 Club, a suburban, a couple of Toyota Land Crusiers, and Isuzu, full size chevy truck, a built up Ranger, and a Chevy Blazer. When everyone had arrived and signed up the instructional meeting was next. Deb The Open Upper DeckStafford was MC. Scheduled for the day was presented. Door prizes blessing, a trail ride to Ellens Corners, obstacle course,kids games, Monster Truck Rides (Blue Thunder),raffle for the 33" Mickey Thompson Claws were on the schedule. Door Prizes were for farthest away(Miles not hours, some people drive really slow), Tennesse was the winner. How late the night before did they work on their jeep to get to the blessing-4:30 in the morning- by the guys from Grand Rapids. Oldest Jeep was a '46 red Willys. Newest Jeep -2004 bought in the last The Open Upper Deckmonth.-Cascade 4wheel drive guy. Same Jeep for the longest- the guy bought his '77 in '78 and still owned it. 26 years. Of course in honor of our soldiers we sang the star spangled banner. Patrick Wessie from the National Forest Service (TREE POLICE) gave all the jeepers a talk about staying on the trail, and tread lightly. First year of the blessing there were 40 Jeeps, second year there were 105 Jeeps, third year 2004 there were 235 Jeeps. Barb also announced some new honorary members of the Cadillac Jeepers: Dirk Watson, Jeff Ellen, Steve Murrey, from the Re-Con jeep group, and Mentors in Faith Pastor Cliff, and Pastor Dave.



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