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Jeep Fest 2018: from Glass City to Jeep City

TOLEDO, Ohio (WNWO) -- "Jeep is Toledo, and Toledo is Jeep."

After a year off, the Toledo Jeep Fest is back, and set to be bigger than before.

"Two years ago this was the biggest one day event in the history of downtown Toledo since World War II on, I think we're going to be bigger than that this year," said Pete Gerken, Lucas County Commissioners president.

The three day event kicks off Friday, and will feature events all throughout the city and people from all over.

"We have [people from] 27 different states, Canada and Mexico which are registered for the parade, plus just the spectators are coming in from all those different states," said Cindy Kerr, Vice President of Operations, ConnecToledo.

The big parade featuring over 1,000 jeeps will start at 11:00 a.m. and go down Summit Street starting at Monroe Street.

There will be a number of events over the weekend, including a concert Friday night with KC and the Sunshine Band at 7:30 p.m., Kid's Zone's and Food Trucks.

"Last time we estimated about a $3 million impact and that was just for a one day event, now that it's a three day festival our hotel rooms are completely full down here, it could be between $3-6 million," said Kerr.

To see all the events planned for the weekend festival visit their website https://www.toledojeepfest.com/.

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