CARMEL, NY. - Jeep fans had a chance to celebrate their love of the iconic vehicle Sunday, Aug.18, and show off their souped-up customized versions while helping to raise money for a good cause.

It was the fifth year in a row that Volz Auto Group’s Meadowland of Carmel (owned by Kenn, Jenn, and Barbara Volz) held “Jeep Fest”— an event that is part car show, part fundraiser.

The car show portion of the event seems to grow exponentially each year with more and more Jeep fans coming to show off their customized vehicles in hopes of winning a trophy in one of the Fest’s myriad award categories.

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Jen Austin, the dealership’s marketing manager, said that Jeep lovers pay an entry fee to display their vehicles and compete to win prizes. Some of this year’s categories included Most Used and Abused, Best Build, Old Timer, Best Non-Off Road and People’s Choice.

“It’s a day to celebrate our Jeeps and our Jeep family,” she said, noting that as many as 200 Jeep lovers came, some from as far away as the Bronx, Long Island, and upstate New York to take part.

Dealership staffers sold hot dogs and hamburgers, while other vendors provided French fries and Italian ices. There was an RTI ramp for Jeeps to climb on and country radio station KICKS 105.5 was on hand to broadcast live and emcee the event.

But as Austin pointed out, the day was all about charity. Proceeds from Jeep Fest went to the Joseph P. Dwyer Vet2Vet Program.

Also, on hand to raise awareness for their causes was the Putnam County Humane Society, Blue Path Service Dogs, and Mended Swords.