Jeep owners from the United States, Canada and Mexico are heading to Toledo, Ohio, for the 2019 Toledo Jeep Fest, the third such festival in the hometown of the Jeep. This year, the feature will be launch of the Toledo-built Jeep Gladiator, event organizers said in their news release.
Sponsored by Dana and ProMedica, Jeep Fest is expected to attract more than the 60,000 visitors who attended the 2018 event.
“The history of Jeep is the history of Toledo,” Jerry Huber, a former Jeep plant manager and Jeep Fest co-founder, is quoted in the announcement. “The community deserves a festival that’s as great as the vehicle we are celebrating, and with the incredible support of our community and sponsors, that’s what we are going to deliver.”
The festival begins Friday, August 9 with a kickoff concert featuring Dennis DeYoung and the music of Styx at Promenade Park, a Toledo Mud Hens baseball game, and fireworks and another concert in Hensville Park.
In addition, Monroe Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram in Monroe, Michigan, will host a welcome party featuring an off-road course with 18 obstacles.
The main event of the festival starts at 11 a.m. August 10 with the Grogan’s Towne & Charlie’s All-Jeep Parade with more than 1,300 vehicles staging at the Toledo Zoo and heading to downtown Toledo for the Coleman Park-n-Shine all-Jeep car show, a 20-block walking tour of the vehicles.
The SeaGate Convention Centre will host a display of rare Jeeps and will feature presentations by various speakers, including Toledo native Tyler Langhals, lead exterior designer for the Gladiator pickup truck.
There also will be a vendor midway.
On August 11, the festival will stage a 4-mile run and 1-mile walk among other events.
For more information, visit the Jeep Fest website.