2004 Trail Jamboree
July 8-11, 2004

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15th Annual Trail Jamboree
Another Great Year
By Julie Kehrberg

Even before the 2003 Jamboree was finished, plan’s for this year’s event were underway. Well, the months of preparation paid off. The 2004 Trail Jamboree was a huge success.

On July 8-11 nearly 400 participants, hosts, sponsors, vendors and kids converged on Jim Sprick Park in the scenic mountain community of Nile, WA. The sun was out, the skies were blue (mostly), and everyone was ready to have fun.

Wednesday evening the Jamboree was kicked off with a welcome address and drivers meeting led by Jamboree Chair Merrick Graves (aka Murk for the scavenger hunt participants). The first of many giveaways also began on Wednesday night—several lucky participants walked away with t-shirts and hats from Lee Peterson Motors of Yakima and gift certificates from local restaurant Gold Creek Station. After the meeting, drivers selected the trails they wanted to run for Thursday.

The Naches area offers trails for all types of vehicles and driving abilities. The trip to Clemans Mountain and the 4x4 101 course led by event sponsor ARB were popular choices for less experienced drivers, stock rigs or those who just wanted a relaxing or scenic day. Moving up on the difficulty scale, participants chose among several trips: Clover Springs/Mud Springs, Bald Mountain/Manastash Ridge, the Divide Ridge and the historic Naches Trail. Even higher on the difficulty scale, trail runs were offered to: Funny Rocks/Moon Rocks, Shoestring/Upper Kaner–Westbound, Kaner/Quartz–Eastbound and Rocky Saddle. For those really looking for a challenge, the Rimrock area.

After a day on the trail, event-goers were treated to a tasty meal by the Jamboree’s three main sponsors, ARB, Roberts Jeep of Auburn and WARN. On Thursday Roberts Jeep served a lasagna dinner with apple pie and ice cream for dessert. ARB dished up burgers and chips on Friday, while WARN provided grilled chicken breasts with bell peppers and onions and several side dishes for Saturday’s meal.

New to the Jamboree this year were two raffle drawings on Friday night, the proceeds of which would go to the Steve Sutliff Cancer Fund, a charitable fund set up through Yakima Valley Credit Union. Steve is a Yakima County Sheriff officer who has leukemia. He has been a friend and advocate of the PWW. Steve needs to undergo a bone marrow transplant. Bone marrow transplant recipients must be kept in isolation near the hospital for a period of time following the procedure. His insurance will cover the cost of the transplant, but not the costs incurred while having to stay in Seattle near the hospital after the procedure.

Participants could purchase tickets for $1.00 for a chance to win a variety of quality items—grab handles from Skyjacker, a Remote Heavy Duty Oil Cooler from Flexalite, gift certificates from Cascade Offroad and Advance Adapter, a snatch block from Bayview 4x4, Crow Enterprises Lap Belts donated by Billy Bob’s Offroad—just to name a few, donated by many supporters.

The grand prize for Friday night was a Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo full suspension mountain bike, valued at $1500, donated by Eastside Chrysler Jeep of Bellevue. Luke May of the Outdoor 4x4’s was the lucky dog who rode away with that prize, as well as several others. (That’s what happens when you purchase as many tickets as he did!)

The retail value of all the raffle prizes given away on Friday night was well over $3000, and the raffle raised over $1300, which would later be donated to Officer Sutliff.

In addition to the standard raffle, 50/50 tickets were also available for $1.00 each. The $678 pot raised from the 50/50 would be split between the winner and the fund for Officer Sutliff. The crowd was hush with anticipation as the winning ticket was drawn…and the winner was Bill Hunter, PNW Public Relations Chair, member of the White Knuckles 4x4 Club, and all-around nice guy. Mr. Hunter donated his portion of the pot back into Steve’s Fund.

After the drawings Merrick brought former Jamboree co-chairs Mike Lovell and Stan Humann to the stage to recognize them for their many years of service to the PNW. They were each given a plaque and were informed that the PNW Board had awarded them $500 each to be used towards a relaxing vacation. Mike and Stan appreciated the plaques, but chose to donate their monetary award to Steve’s Fund as well!

So far the Jamboree had donated over $2700 to Steve’s Fund!

After all the excitement of the raffles, DJ Jay Layhorn of JBL Productions entertained the crowd, while others prepared themselves for the next days events.

Saturday is the last day of trail riding at Jamboree. Everyone tries to get back early in the day from their runs so they have plenty of time to relax and get ready for Saturday’s festivities—one of the most anticipated events of the weekend. An hour before the drawings were to be held the infield was full as everyone chatted about their run for the day and excitedly waited for the door prizes to be given away. In tonight’s drawing everyone had an equal chance of winning—one ticket per registered driver was issued.

Merrick started off the evening thanking everyone for supporting the Jamboree in its 15th Year. He then called Steve Sutliff to the stage. Steve had no idea that a raffle was organized for his benefit. As he approached the stage the crowd cheered and rose to their feet. When Merrick let him know that the Jamboree raised over $2700 dollars for him. Steve was moved beyond words (and if you’ve met Steve, you know that’s not like him!) by the kindness and generosity displayed for his benefit.

In addition to the money already raised, licensed massage practitioner Wendy Ross of Your Complete Bodyworks contributed the over $200 in donations she raised while giving chair massages in the evenings, and the Wandering Willys Jeep club had a donation jar at their pancake breakfast on Sunday morning that raised another $85.

In all, over $3300 was donated to Officer Sutliff’s fund over Jamboree weekend!

After the presentation to Steve, Merrick handed over the microphone to Chris Wood of ARB to give away their door prize—an Air Locker valued at over $850. Tony Livingston was the lucky recipient. Roberts Jeep was next. Parts Manager Scott Fletcher gave away an assortment of prizes: Roberts Jeep Tow Straps, a Jeep chair, Odyssey Tire Deflators, a K&N Recharger Kit, a Jeep CD case and battery cables. Finally, Janeane Wold of WARN gave away a winch accessory kit, a fuel tank skid plate, and the new 9.5 XP 9500lb capacity winch, the latter of which was won by longtime PNW member Rusty Burnham of the Rainier Ruffians.

After the three major sponsors, other onsite vendors gave away their items. Kodiak Industries gave away 2 gift certificates, a copy of the book Shifting into Four Wheel Drive, a tire repair kit, a jerry can filler and an Odyssey Dry Cell Battery. Olympic 4x4 gave away a push bar and a 57” rock bumper with rocker.

Finally Merrick Graves took control of the mic once again to give away the remaining door prizes, including a jeep windshield from jeepglass.com and free admission to the 2005 trail jamboree. In total, over $3000 worth of prizes was given away on Saturday night, and over $6000 for the entire weekend!

A HUGE THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR SUPPORTERS!

ARB (www.arbusa.com)
Roberts Jeep of Auburn (www.robertsauto.com)
WARN Industries (www.warn.com)
Advance Adapter (www.advanceadapters.com)
Autometer (www.autometer.com)
B & B Excavating (253.833.8747)
Bayview 4x4 (www.bayview4x4.com)
Bent Metal Customs (253.222.4890)
Billy Bob’s Offroad (253.286.2344)
Bilstein (www.bilstein.com)
Cascade 4x4’s of Tacoma (www.cascade4x4s.com)
Cascade Offroad (www.cascadeoffroad.com)
Drivelines NW (www.drivelinesnw.com)
Duraseal
Eastside Chrysler Jeep of Bellevue (www.eastsidecj.com)
Edgewood Hillwillys Jeep Club (www.edgewoodhillwillys.com)
El Dorado Dust Devils 4x4 club (dustdevils@mail.com)
Flexalite (www.flex-a-lite.com)
GI Joes (www.gijoes.com)
Gold Creek Station (www.goldcreeksnowmobiles.com)
Grant Products (www.grantproducts.com)
JBL Productions (jbldj.com)
jeepglass.com (www.jeepglass.com)
KMK Enterprises/UltimateFenders (www.ultimatefenders.com)
Kodiak Industries (408.591.1029)
Lee Peterson Motors (www.lpmotors.com)
Les Schwab-Spanaway (253.535.5300)
Olympic 4x4 Products (www.4x4products.com)
Racerunner Shocks (www.swayaway.com)
Raiden Fabrication
Rainier Ruffians 4x4 club (www.rainierruffians.com)
Region 2 of the PNW4WDA
Sensaria Natural Bodycare (www.mysensaria.com/kimberly)
Skyjacker (www.skyjacker.com)
TAP Offroad (www.tapoffroad.com)
TC’s Offroad (www.tcsoffroadcenter.com)
Trojan Lithographics (www.trojanlitho.com)
Tuff Country Suspension (www.tuffcountry.com)
White Knuckles 4x4 Club (www.whiteknuckle4x4.org)
Your Complete Bodyworks (360.802.6999)

The Jamboree Committee would like again like to thank all the sponsors, vendors, participants and supporters who helped make this year’s Jamboree a success. We could not have done it without you.

Registration for the 2005 Jamboree begins in February. Look in future issues of TriPower and on www.pnw4wda.org for more information, or contact any of the committee members.

Thanks again! See you next year!

Photos

Additional photos available on the Cascade 4x4s web site: Trail pics, More trail pics, and Camp pics.

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From Julie Kehrberg

From Trayson Harmon


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