The Best Jeep Event for Families | Florida Jeep Jam

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Florida Jeep Jam features a ton of Jeep activities combined with family fun hosted on “The World’s Most Beautiful Beaches”, helping to make it easy to see why so many Jeep families keep choosing Florida Jeep Jam as their favorite Jeep event! This May is the perfect time to enjoy your favorite Jeep beach destination. Gather up everyone from your Jeep club and start making plans for a fun Jeep week vacation in Panama City Beach.

Not only do we host the best Jeep beach vacation in the Southeast, but our registrations from our Jeep event also help fund many worthy charities. Florida Jeep Jam 2021 included over $20,000 in charitable donations and this year we plan on again topping last year’s totals for charitable donations.

Be a part of our largest Jeep rally this year and help us celebrate the 8 Year Anniversary. With record Jeep attendance each year, Florida Jeep Jam has quickly earned the title of the “Fastest Growing Jeep Event in the Southeast”. Now is the time to start making plans to join Jeep owners from around the country for the Jeep invasion of Panama City Beach, Florida.

Florida Jeep Jam is scheduled to take place from May 15 – 20, 2023. Jeep week activities start Tuesday and increase daily, leading into a long weekend full of awesome Jeep activities. Register today and get ready for this top ranked Jeep event. * All events, dates and locations are subject to change.

  • Topless Tuesday Pre Party
  • Dunes Day Off-Road Trail Excursions *
  • Jeep Obstacle Course
  • Jeep Vendor Village
  • Poker Run
  • Vendor Welcome Party
  • Day at the Beach Party
  • Topless for Turtles Jeep Beach Krawl (helping protect & preserve Florida’s Habitat) *
  • Live Music at On-Site 4×4 Bar & Grill
  • FJJ Corn Hole Tournament *
  • Outdoor Drive-In Movie Night
  • Sound Off Audio Competition
  • Charity Raffle *
  • Jeep Wash *
  • Jeep Show & Shine
  • More to Come

*Additional Fees Apply

View our beautiful beaches live:

Beach Cam courtesy of Courtesy of Calypso Homeowners Association.

About Mark Wayne Hess

Executive Producer, Visionary, Creator

FAMILY BUSINESS
In 1985, Mark Hess moved from Tampa to the Panama City Beach, Florida to work in the family business at Ebro Greyhound Park, now Ebro Card Casino, where he remains today with his brother Rick, and their Father Stockton Hess, in all management aspects.

EVENT PRODUCER
In 1999, Hess realized his shared love for the family business wasn’t enough. So he founded Hess Entertainment Inc. with a vision to provide Bay County with top rated entertainment. Seventeen years later he had done just that, producing events with over 100 National Artists such as Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Kenny Roger, Hank Williams Jr, ZZ Top, Foreigner, Boston, Steve Miller Band, Tony Bennett, BB King to name a few.

NOT JUST JEEPN AROUND
In 2016, Hess’s childhood passion for Jeeps was rekindled and quickly became a primary focus. As a result a new vision was born.

Hess founded Florida Jeep Jam in Panama City Beach, Florida – A Multi-Day Jeep “Beach Vacation” for Jeep owners and enthusiasts.

Hess, with partner Mark Forrest, created “The American SuperJeep Challenge” A Competition Reality show. Following its April 2019 debut, airing on Motor Tread Network, Hess and Forrest set out across country coast to coast filming Season One, ultimately partnering with Courtney Hansen to film our final episode just as the COVID Pandemic began to spread.

SERVING HIS COMMUNITY
Hess has served on a verity of boards in both Washington and Bay County, such as the Washington County Chamber, Panama City Beach Chamber, Gulf Coast College Foundation, the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association, and as Event Co-Chair with wife Sonja for The American Cancer Society Cattle Baron’s Ball.

Most recently, Hess, with partner Mark Forrest, worked with Florida Legislators to successfully pass legislation allowing for the addition of the NEW “Explore Off Road” Florida Specialty License Plate. Annual use fees from plate sales are administered by Florida Off-Road Foundation, Inc, (FORF) a nonprofit corporation under s. 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Panama City Beach, Florida

Home of "The World’s Most Beautiful Beaches" welcomes over fourteen million annual visitors returning each year. Panama City Beach has become one of the largest vacation destination in Northwest Florida. With tourism on the rise your choice of attractions are practically endless. Fishing, scuba diving, golf, amusement and water parks, a zoo and marine park, Ebro Poker Room, shopping, dining, camping, museums and much more!

Frank Brown Park

Frank Brown Park is one of Panama City Beach’s primary attractions, there is so much offered by the park, you won’t be able to do it all in one day. From hosting huge live music concerts to events such as Grand Slam and USFA sports tournaments, which draw thousands, our local park is a heavy hitter when it comes to Panama City Beach attractions.

We encourage you to explore everything Frank Brown Park has to offer, and we’re looking forward to seeing all the Jeeps here for Florida Jeep Jam!

Florida Jeep Jam Event Charity Partners

Our Jeep event raises charitable funds and proudly donates these funds back to many great charity partners, including over $20,000 last year! Each year the Florida Jeep Jam Staff is privileged to be working along side hundreds of locals volunteers donating their personal time to help raise funds for our charity partners. You'll see them wearing a Florida Jeep Jam volunteer shirt and helping in just about every aspect of the event from parking, obstacle course, registration check in, front gate, in vendor village serving drink, selling raffle tickets and more.

“On behalf of the entire Florida Jeep Jam staff, we thank all the volunteers for the hard work and commitment made to our charity partners and to our Florida Jeep Jam jeep vendors for donating all the great Vendor Raffle items. As a result tens of thousands of dollars are raised and donated each year to our charity partners. We are proud to be apart of these efforts and thankful to our charity partners for all they do for our community throughout the year.”

Sincerely,

— MARK HESS

Florida Jeep Jam Staff

Our Annual Jeep event has proudly raised over $92,000 for charities since 2016!

CHARITY DISTRIBUTION PARTNERS:

Beach Care Services, Inc
Arnold High School Band Booster, Inc
Arnold High School Culinary
Arnold High School Volleyball
Toys 4 Kids Foundation
Boys & Girls Club of Bay County, Inc
Tyndall Air Force 325 LRS Booster Club
Tyndall Air Force 325 MDG Booster Club
Navy Booster Club
Navy League/Navy Ball
Lift for The 22

 

Club FJJ Rewards Program
US Armed Forces
St Jude's Children Hospital
Simply Self Esteem
4 Wheel 2 Heal
Emerald Coast Jeep Lovers
Miracle Strip Women's Club
BAJA
Florida Off-Road Foundation
Forgotten Warriors
Panhandle Jeep Club

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