I attended the inaugural Jeep Fest on Saturday, August 13, 2016. 2016 was the 75th anniversary of the Jeep, and fitting for the City of Toledo to celebrate the vehicle that made it World famous.
I was not able to make it to Toledo in time to participate in the parade of Jeeps through downtown Toledo, however did arrive in time to watch an eclectic group of Jeeps go by.
The turnout of Jeeps and people was impressive, especially considering the heavy rains earlier in the day. The rain let up for the parade, however the sun never really shone on the inaugural Jeep Fest.
The parade participants gathered in the heart of downtown, and braved scattered showers that threatened afternoon.
The Toledo Convention Center was the gathering point for a ceremony honoring our Nations Veterans, as well as showcasing The Original Jeeps, with incredible examples from Omix-Aida of the Bantam Reconaissance Car, MA, MB and MUTT Military Jeeps.
Omix-Aida also displayed museum quality examples of lesser known Jeeps, such as a Forward Control (FC) Pick-up, and a City of Toledo fire engine.
The Toledo Jeep Fest presented impressive vendor displays from Omix-Aida/Rugged Ridge, Dana, BestTop, Mobis, MyTop and several local Jeep clubs.
Besides the overcast weather, the only negative I could point to was the seemingly tepid presence from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). While I was en-route to Toledo that morning, a late-model lifted, bright-orange Grand Cherokee blew past me on I-75. The same Grand Cherokee was parked under an inflatable Jeep display just outside of the Convention Center.
The Toledo Jeep Fest is a great event for anyone with even an casual interest in the Jeep.
The City of Toledo will be hosting the next Jeep Fest beginning August 10 – 12, 2018, visit https://www.toledojeepfest.com for more information, and I hope to see you there.