Burton Middlefield Rotary Hosts Second Annual Jeep Invasion
October 28, 2021 by Staff Report

More than $13,000 was raised for Geauga County veterans on Oct. 10 when the Rotary Club of Burton-Middlefield held its second extremely successful Geauga Jeep Invasion...

More than $13,000 was raised for Geauga County veterans on Oct. 10 when the Rotary Club of Burton-Middlefield held its second extremely successful Geauga Jeep Invasion.

As many as 200 Jeeps met at the Mayfield Drive-In early Sunday morning. Each was greeted by the Geauga County Veteran Food Pantry with coffee and donuts. The Boy Scouts from Troop 99 presented each with a goody bag including bottled water donated by Sunrise Springs. The Jeeps filled the parking lot and waited.

At 10 a.m., led by Geauga County Sheriff Scott Hildenbrand, the almost-mile-long parade headed east on state Route 322, south through the Geauga Park System, passing through Middlefield and Burton and then travelling northwest to be greeted and pass under American flags at the Geauga County Veterans Memorial on Ravenwood Drive, which were proudly presented by ladder trucks from the Chardon and Munson fire departments.

Many thanks to Junction Auto Family and the Mayfield Drive-In for sponsoring the event. Additional sponsors were Sheoga Hardwood, JP Compass Consulting and Construction, O’Reilly Equipment, Geauga Realty LLC, Veterans of Foreign Wars of Ohio VFW Post 6519, D & S Automotive Collision & Restoring, Geauga Credit Union, Van Ness Stone, Inc., Judge Carolyn J. Paschke, The Childs Group Insurance, Tim Hess Agency, Insurance, Geauga County Commissioner Jim Dvorak, MD Realty, LTD, Fastlane Truck Accessories, Brian and Carol Brockway, Blue Line Unlimited, Great Lakes Outdoor Supply, Dave Bower, Kayak Rental Co., Geauga Financial, Stuart Miller; and Chardon Equipment & Lawn Care.

More than 50 door prizes valued at $2,200 were donated by Patterson Fruit Farm, Sirna’s Restaurant, Ramble Inn, Madrick’s Tavern, Richards Maple Products, Rolling Green Golf Course, King Cone, Pizzeria DiLauro, Oak & Ambers, Mangia Mangia, Warrens Spirited Kitchen, Great Lakes Outdoor Supply, Geauga Auto Parts, Burton Chamber of Commerce, Ohio Premier Archery & Sports, Bower Bait & Boards, Burton Floral, Sages Apples, Mike Tvergyak- Honey & Syrup, The Childs Group Insurance, Steven DiFranco Jewelers, Larry and Sue Fox, Karen Swan, Scott Capron, Della Rae Lesnoski – Cottage of Hand Made Gifts, Maggie’s Donuts, Cleveland Soaring Society and The Junction Auto Family.

Thanks also to the UH Geauga for being onsite with their mobile health unit and for providing all with hand sanitizer, and the American Legion Atwood Mauck Post 459 and Sargent Alex Dvorak Ohio National Guard for assisting.

Jim Dvorak

Rotary Club of Burton-Middlefield