Toledo Jeep Fest Draws Thousands of Vehicles Near Assembly Plant
Second Toledo Jeep Fest was a rolling showcase of CJs, JKs, J-series trucks, Cherokees & the new JL Wrangler.
If you Google the words “Jeep club,” you’ll have plenty of options to look into – 178,000,000 results, to be exact. Jeep clubs are everywhere, so finding other people to go wheeling with, no matter which part of the country you’re in, shouldn’t be difficult. Given the popularity of Jeeps and events featuring them, it’s hard to believe that this year marks only the second time that Jeep lovers have come together at the Toledo Jeep Fest.
People came from 27 states and even Canada and Mexico just to show their love for Jeep’s legendary off-road vehicles. Attendance estimates went as high as 60,000 people. According to The Blade, “In 2016, the parade had about 800 Jeeps. This year, organizers cut off registration a few days before the event at 1,300 vehicles, but several hundred last-minute arrivals pumped that number up to about 1,600.”
Last weekend, Jeep fans and owners descended upon Toledo, Ohio for the big celebration of all things Jeep. As the above footage from The Blade shows, the parade was a seemingly never-ending flow of Jeep history. Summit Street was filled with a thick stream of Wranglers (including the new JL), CJs, Willys, XJ Cherokees, and J-series pickups. There was even a “Jurassic Park”-style YJ.
Mods were prevalent, of course. One of the Wranglers rolling through had not only been converted into a pickup, but also given a loud and hearty diesel power plant.
Vendors had a strong presence at this year’s fest, including Dana. Raffle prizes included a two-year lease on a 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and a set of Dana 60 axles.
There’s no question that this year’s Toledo Jeep Fest was a success. The question is: How do organizers top it the next time they hold the event?