SHADY HILLS — For die-hard Jeep owners, good, clean fun is something only possible when they and their 4WDs of choice are caked in mud.
And so it was that Jeep owners who converged on the Concourse over the March 8-10 weekend for the fifth annual Jeeps for Justice fundraising event had a blast.
Held at the popular park and venue on State Road 52, just west of the Sunshine Parkway, hundreds of Jeep drivers blasted through muddy trails and traversed challenging obstacles made of huge equipment tires, concrete culvert pipes and limestone boulders. Some breezed through the course; some broke down; some got stuck. All had a great time.
Team Farrell, the Port Richey-based roofing and home services firm, sponsored the gathering, which is a fundraiser for the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office and its various community efforts, including helping troubled children, said Ted Johns, who ran the trails and obstacle course challenges at the wooded park.
“It’s all for a good cause and helps the Sheriff’s Office, the canines and kids,” Johns said. “It’s also a good time.”
That’s an understatement, according to Megan Funkhouser, who came with her Jeep from Spring Hill. It was her third year.
“It’s just a feeling of thrilling fun,” she said, adding that while she didn’t climb the hills or rock challenges, something left to her boyfriend, she had a great time on the trails, and fortunately had no close calls with rolling her vehicle or getting stuck.
Jed Dart of Hudson, said the Jeeps for Justice gathering is the best way he knows to “have fun and get dirty in the woods,” all while contributing to a good cause.
“I come every year,” said Kelsey Pack of Largo, who was taking a breather in her Jeep, a raised lime-green beast on fat tires and nicknamed “Dopey.” The appeal of mudding and running the trails boils down to simple “good times.”
“We come out to play around a little,” she said. “I like playing in the mud the most.”