Hundreds expected to cross Mackinac Bridge in Jeep the Mac

ST. IGNACE, MICH. - Hundreds of Jeeps are expected to cross the Mackinac Bridge in the second annual Jeep the Mac.

Drivers will gather on April 21 for a "Blessings of the Jeeps" at Little Bear Arena before crossing the bridge. Drivers will then line up to cross the bridge to head to Mackinaw City, eventually looping around to cross the bridge a second time and return to St. Ignace.

The next day, participating drivers can use a car ferry to go to Turtle Ridge Off-Road Park on Drummond Island. The park has more than 100 miles of trails with various difficulties.

Nearly 450 Jeep owners took part in last year's inaugural event, and registration shows Jeep the Mac is on track for a bigger crowd this month.

"Last year was the first year. We had a really good turnout for it," St. Ignace Visitor's Bureau director Gina Stegehuis said. "I think part of the excitement is it's so early in the year. People are so stir crazy to be out on the trails."

There is a $35 per-person entry fee that includes the Mackinac Bridge fare, the ferry ride to Drummond and Saturday's entrance into Turtle Ridge Park.

"''There is something about people getting to cross the bridge in a group that really makes it special," Stegehuis said. "All these people love their vehicles. They enjoy seeing other enthusiasts."

Participants must only use Jeeps that are licensed and street legal. Tire size also cannot exceed 40 inches.

© 2017 Associated Press


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