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By Michael Bratton | 

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – No matter where you go in downtown Toledo this weekend chances are you’ll have lots of company.

“We’re going to be crazy this weekend,” said The Blarney’s general manager Bill Kline. “It’s going to be nuts.”

After a 2 year break downtown businesses are looking to cash-in on Jeep Fest’s return.

“It’s just an awesome experience to see all these people from different parts of the country,” said Kline.

Kline says he’s called in extra staff for the big event. He’s also stocked up on more than 1,000 cups for the Warehouse District’s outdoor refreshment area in hopes of selling to those from out of town.

“In anticipation of people that don’t live in town that can’t take advantage of it in their own hometown can come here and grab a DORA cup and drink on the sidewalks,” said Kline.

According to Toledo’s Visitors bureau, 2016’s Jeep Fest brought in between $2.7 and $3.4 million in economic activity.

With all 241 of its rooms sold out for roughly $189 a night, the Renaissance Hotel is collecting a portion of that figure.

“It’s just fun,” said the hotel’s director of events Angie Dixon. “It’s full of atmosphere, high-energy all the time.”

Along with a Willys Jeep in the lobby and artwork everywhere the hotel also offers a restaurant and lounge with specials all weekend long.

“We have the restaurant downstairs,” said Dixon. “Amazing, amazing brunches going on for all the Jeep people downtown and all the activities that are taking place. The Heights, obviously, it’s the place to be to be in Toledo. It opens at 4:00 every day.”

For those just looking for a drink, Black Cloister Brewing Company is tapping an all-new beer along with Jeep-inspired specials.

“We have got a ‘Four Wheeler’ special,” said brewery co-owner Greg Locher. “Four of our best beers on special. Flights for the beers.”

Whether looking for a place to eat, drink or sleep, downtown Toledo is in high-gear for the iconic vehicle that helped make it famous.


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