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October 17-19: Jeep Jamboree TBA: Chili Cook-off TBA: River Fog Festival The annual Gateway to the Cumberlands Jeep Jamboree brings hundreds of Jeeps, their driv- ers and passengers to Williamsburg each year. Jeep Jamboree events have been giving Jeep fanatics an off-road adventure weekend to explore trails and find out what their Jeeps are capable of throughout the United States for over 50 years. Williamsburg has been offering its own Jeep Jamboree for 26 years now. The annual off-road excursion brings the outdoors, down-to-earth people, and their Jeep 4x4s together, according to officials. November 28: Turkey Trot 5K Make some room for all those extra calories you’re sure to indulge on Thanksgiving Day with a healthy run/walk on Thanksgiving morning. The annual Turkey Trot 5K takes place in downtown Williamsburg on Thursday. All the proceeds from the annual Turkey Trot 5K will be used to benefit the non-profit Williamsburg Shop With a Cop program. Williamsburg’s Shop with a Cop program started over a decade ago and gives under- privileged children the opportunity to go out and purchase items on their Christmas list. For every $100 earned, a child is helped. “It’s a way to give some children who might not have the opportunity to have a good Christmas, to have a Christmas,” said Williambsurg Mayor Roddy Harrison. “It’s one of the best things we’ve started here and I know it’s one of the most heartwarming.” Harrison said the Turkey Trot is one of the biggest fundraisers for Shop with a Cop. 2018 featured the inaugural River Fog Festival to celebrate Whitley County and all it has to offer. When members of Why Whitley, a com- munity organization highlighting positive aspects of Whitley County, found them- selves traveling to other communities to hear great music, buy local art, and local food they decided it was about time to host a festival in their own town— Williamsburg. The River Fog Festival is unique because all vendors and performers are required to be from or have ties to Southeastern Kentucky and Appalachia. The event is hosted on the corner of 3rd and Main streets in downtown Williamsburg. The free festival features musical enter- tainment, local food vendors and free games like giant Connect 4, giant Jenga, corn hole and sidewalk chalk. December TBA: Christmas in a Small Town Celebration The Times-Tribune • Community Guide 2019 — Page 35