Toledo will mark the 75th anniversary of Jeep with a daylong celebration on Aug. 13 to commemorate the brand's role in World War II, its heritage in Toledo and its future as an SUV brand that continues to expand globally.
The Toledo Jeep Fest will include a parade supported by the U.S. military, indoor and outdoor car shows, historic displays, live bands and food vendors.
The free event, spearheaded by UAW Local 12, will be supported by the city and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. It is expected to draw several thousand people and Jeep enthusiasts from across the country.
"We wanted to honor our past," said Bruce Baumhower, president of UAW Local 12 and one of the event’s key organizers. "The event will have a heavy military presence. The Air Force, Army, Navy and Marines will lead the parade."
Toledo Jeep Fest also is about Jeep's current contributions to the Toledo economy.
Workers built more than 530,000 Jeep Wranglers and Jeep Cherokees at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' two plants that make up its Toledo Assembly Complex last year, making it one of the most productive plants in the U.S.
Detroit Free Press