The Great Willys Picnic was originally a small event held at Big Pocono State Park in northeastern Pennsylvania, and organized by Marshall Rimland, with some 10-15 Jeeps showing up annually. Then Bob Westerman inherited the organizing responsibility, and after a few years moved the Picnic to the No. 9 Coal Mine in Lansford, whose mine tour and museum supplied something for entire families to do besides look at old Jeeps. Attendance grew rapidly to about 50 Jeeps, and regular attendee (and CJ-3B owner) Seth King suggested the larger grounds of the Wanamaker, Kempton & Southern Railroad for 2012.
Bob was pleased with the 2012 edition of what has become one of the most popular events in the calendar of North American classic Jeep shows. He reported, "What a Great Willys Picnic we had this year. Many thanks to Seth King and his entire family for making this year's Picnic the best ever! The sky was blue and the sun was shining on 65 registered vehicles plus many parts vendors and tons of spectators."
The 13th annual Picnic was held on 10 June 2012 in Kempton, Pennsylvania. The show and swap meet was free as always, and a train ride on the Wanamaker, Kempton & Southern was available for a small fee. Bob says that attendees were on hand from Maine to North Carolina to South Africa and many places in between.
Thanks to Bob Westerman and Jacy Marquette for the photos seen here.
Bob Westerman says, "Near the end of the day trophies were awarded in seven different categories to Jeep owners. After the awards we did a Willys cruise around the beautiful Pennsylvania countryside."
See the Great Willys Picnic website for information on next year's picnic.
Thanks to Bob Westerman and Jacy Marquette for the photos. -- Derek Redmond
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