Getting ready for the 2022 Toledo Jeep Fest

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – It’s a sure sign of summer in the Glass City. Toledo Jeep Fest is about to kick into high gear.

The annual event draws tens of thousands of people to the area, and there’s always something new to see and do.

Jeeps have been rolling off the assembly lines in Toledo for over 80 years. The city will be celebrating all things Jeep next month. The downtown streets will provide a beautiful backdrop for the 2022 Toledo Jeep Fest.

The theme is red, white and blue. Event director Whitney Rofkar credited another monumental event in the 419 for the inspiration.

“We were inspired by all the patriotism and enthusiasm of the Solheim Cup,” she said.

About 70,000 people are expected to arrive in the city from more than 30 states and even a few foreign countries. Rofkar said the crowd will pump millions into local businesses.

“Over $5.6 million was injected into the economy last year. We welcome people from all over, and they enjoy our hotels and restaurants and spend their money there,” Rofkar said.

Each year, the organizers offer new elements. This year, Rofkar said one of them involves city camping at Middlegrounds Metropark. “We have a whole group of Jeepers who love to go camping and enjoy the outdoors. We think the new city camping will be popular and fun to roll out this year.

Another feature of this year’s Jeep Fest lets you have all the information you’ll ever need in the palm of your hand.

“We’ve created a brand new app that can help people get around downtown. It has an impressive map and calendar of events. You can plan and customize your own schedule. It is downloadable on Android and Apple,” Rofkar said.

The weekend is the perfect way to pay tribute to the men and women of the Toledo Assembly Complex and the world-famous vehicle they build. Jerry Huber is a retired plant manager at Toledo Jeep, and he enjoys being part of the event to honor the vehicle’s deep local roots.

“There’s an old saying that Jeep is the only vehicle you can buy that comes with over 1,000 friends on delivery day. The Jeep community is strong and I’m proud to be a part of it,” said Huber.

The Toledo Jeep Fest kicks into high gear on August 12 and ends on August 14. Over 1,000 Jeeps will be part of the parade. This year, you can virtually participate in the parade with your Jeep.

By the way, the Toledo Mud Hens will become the Mud Crawlers during Jeep Fest. They have three home games during the Toledo Jeep Fest.

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