If Big Canoe seems to be bursting at the seams with Jeeps this Labor Day weekend, it’s for good reason: the annual Sherrif’s JeepFest is Thursday, Sept. 1, through Sunday, Sept. 4.
Big Canoe is among the places where Jeep-loving participants lay their heads after a long day of powering through the mud. As a result, here are a few tips courtesy of JeepFest organizers and Big Canoe Public Safety and Public Works staffers on how visitors and Property Owners alike can make the most of this fun weekend.
Make a reservation if you plan to eat at the Clubhouse on Saturday. JeepFest participants will head to events outside of the gates on Friday evening, but Saturday at the Clubhouse is expected to attract a larger-than-usual number of guests.
Highway 53 between Marble Hill and Tate will get messy. Expect ample traffic along the roadway, especially when approaching JeepFest. To avoid the conga line of slow-moving vehicles, it’s best to plan on taking an alternate route.
All trailers in Big Canoe must be stored inside an enclosed garage. If not possible, the trailer will not be permitted to enter the Big Canoe gates. A limited number of parking spaces for trailers are available on a first-come, first-served basis for residents and registered guests of Big Canoe in the Borrow Pit storage facility, which is on Hubbard Road near the North Gate Shopping Center. Signage will indicate exactly where parking is allowed.
If you are Jeep-ing, best to wash off your tires before coming back inside the gates. JeepFest has traditionally offered a service for washing off your mud-caked tires. If you are driving your vehicle back into Big Canoe, please be considerate of residents and guests by not tracking dirt from the fest back with you.
If you aren’t participating in JeepFest, remember that this is a fundraising event that benefits a host of great local charities including Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes, Special Olympics for Pickens County, the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Georgia and the Jasper Youth Sports Association among others. For more information on donating, go to sheriffsjeepfest.com.
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