May 21, 2024

Jeep owners are used to the phenomenon of automobile culture. The Jeep Wave is a long-standing custom among Jeep owners; both drivers wave to one another when they see one another on the road (or, better yet, off it). Jeepers take this matter extremely seriously. It’s hard to overlook a faux pas like not waving or, worse, not returning a wave that’s been offered to you, especially from the more traditional Jeep set. Jeep chose to call its loyalty program The Jeep Wave Program because of how well-liked the wave has grown. However, the recent Jeep Ducking fad appears to have the same potential to spread like wildfire as the well-known Jeep Wave tradition.

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If you search for “duck duck Jeep,” almost 20 million results come up. The expression and the underlying movement are becoming more and more well-known. However, what is it precisely, and how did it start? It all began with one random occurrence, as these things frequently do. A single, impetuous deed that, in the finest online traditions of the present era, went viral apparently overnight over the whole world.

Jeep Ducking has become so much in popularity that Car Talk quickly took notice of it. Oddly enough, a few months after the occurrence began, the Managing Editor of Car Talk was dodged while hiking. Naturally, we HAD to get in touch with Jeep Ducking’s designer to learn the whole story directly from the source.

Allison Parliament had no intention of becoming a well-known Jeep star worldwide. However, following a dreadful road trip from the southern United States to her home Canada at the height of the Covid-19 outbreak, that is precisely what transpired. Allison, who holds dual citizenship with the United States and Canada, made the decision to leave her home town of Clanton, Alabama, and visit her relatives and friends in Ontario.

The greeting she received in a tiny Canadian hamlet when she pulled over for gas surprised her. She was about to fill up her pride and joy, a brand-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler Sahara, when she found herself in the midst of a heated argument.

“A man came up to me and said I was a dirty American who was just trying to hurt people by spreading Covid,” Allison recalled. She was even pushed into her Jeep by the man. “I was terrified to my core.”

Allison made the snap decision to obtain petrol somewhere else and hurried out of town. She made a friend’s call. “Will it be like this the entire way home?” She was so distraught when she got there that she didn’t even want to leave the home. Eventually, though, her buddy persuaded her to continue traveling and make her way to her family’s house farther north. She stopped at a nearby store to buy a bag of rubber ducks to prank him by hiding them about his house as a farewell present before she went. Her companion was very encouraging.

One Duck Alters the Entire World

That apparently chance series of circumstances immediately resulted in a global cultural phenomenon that continues to grow. Allison saw a Jeep in the parking lot as she was leaving the business. She scrawled the words “nice jeep” on a duck out of amusement and attached it to the stranger’s car. The proprietor observed.

“(He) emerged and chuckled. “You should post this on social media,” they said. Thus, she acted. According to Allison, “We figured it would go around town, make a few people happy, and then die out.” Not even near. Her spontaneous joke became quite popular almost immediately. In a few of weeks, Allison accumulated 10,000 Facebook followers.

A Duck Explosion in a Jeep

Jeep ducking was all over the place suddenly. In Canada, the US, and Mexico, little rubber ducks began to appear on Wranglers, Liberties, and Cherokees. Then, in Germany, Allison came upon a picture of a Jeep duck. One more in Japan. The Duck Duck Jeep game reached thirty nations in less than a year.

As of right now, the group is getting close to 62,000 members, and more are joining every minute. In a week, over 800 people signed up. Even Jeep acknowledged this. Jeep Ducking was highlighted with a hashtag in the company’s Wrangler Rubicon release announcement. Even more, Allison’s Jeep Ducking group now has formal accreditation from the corporation as the official Jeep Ducking group.

Jeep Ducks In Support of Learning

Indeed, the idea of ducking became so popular that Allison began to consider how she might use it to improve the world. Thus, she established a nonprofit organization called “Ducky Grants.” Teachers can use it to apply for grants, often in the range of $100, to purchase school supplies that they would otherwise have to pay for out of pocket. “We thought, why not make the best of what we have, since so many teachers give so much more than they have,” Allison remarked.

All earnings from the sale of Allison’s Duck Duck Jeep t-shirts and decals go toward the grant program. A significant increase in those monies occurred last autumn when she organized the inaugural Jeep Invasion event in Wetumpka, Alabama. The Invasion was such a success, drawing up to 400 Jeepers to the little village, that they are repeating it this year. Allison remarked, “We sold out of food vendors on the first day because it was so successful.” “We’ll have a larger vendor list this year.” Beyond food, Scott Austin, formerly of Saving Abel, will be performing with emerging Blues talent Will Wesley when he returns to the stage. Of course, Jeepers can expect a plethora of driving events during the second annual Invasion.

One of those driving competitions is an obstacle course in which participants obey passenger directions while wearing blindfolds. In addition, there’s a glowstick-lit nighttime trail run and a kid-friendly area with Power Wheels Jeeps.

In addition to generating funds for Allison’s nonprofit, the event aims to revitalize downtown, which was severely damaged by a powerful tornado three years prior. She declared, “We’re supporting every store in the downtown market.” Because of the overwhelming response to the event last year, Allison not only wanted to host it in Wetumpka again, but Wetumpka expressly requested her back.

For $50 for general entry and $70 for VIP, you may join the jeepers at the Invasion and receive exclusive parking, your very own rubber ducks, and the chance to meet Allsion and the bands. For those who arrive in a Jeep, the VIP-only guided tour through Stoney Lonesome Off-Highway Vehicle park could be the most intriguing option.