Jamie Farr returns to Toledo for August celebration
The man known for trying to get out of the Army and back to Toledo is coming home again.
Actor Jamie Farr will return to the Glass City. The City of Toledo will throw a celebration honoring Farr on Saturday, August 26 at Jamie Farr Park. Details were announced by Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson Thursday at Fifth Third Field. The celebration will include a ceremony that unveils a new plaque honoring Farr at the Toledo park that bears his name.
The original plaque was stolen in 2007 and never located. The new plaque features a message which expresses his affection for the people of Toledo. The plaque features a likeness of the actor who played Max Klinger on the top-rated M*A*S*H television program. The 11:00am re dedication ceremony at Jamie Farr Park will include speakers and neighbors near the park will be invited to attend along with special guests.
Toledo and Farr have shared a mutual admiration for decades. In an interview with 13abc last year, Farr explained that M*A*S*H producer "“Gene Reynolds was from Cleveland Ohio and he knew all about Toledo, Ohio. So anything we brought up about Toledo he said that would be perfect. And so that’s how that relationship came about. But I would put things in and they would accept it." Farr added he played off places and people from his childhood. "I brought in Packo’s and I brought in the Mud Hens and several of the other things that came from my childhood. “
For 28 years, Farr was host of the Jamie Farr LPGA Classic. The tournament became the Marathon Classic presented by O-I in 2013.
The tournament has raised millions of dollars for Toledo area children’s charities.
In a written statement, Farr said that "I am honored and wish to thank those who helped make this tribute possible....I can not believe this is happening to the kid from the North End who left his hometown in 1952 to make his way in life. I am so humbled and yet so delighted at this celebration. I look forward to seeing all of my friends, family, fans and fellow Toledoans. See you soon!"
The Mud Hens announced they will hold a "M*A*S*H tribute night" at a Mud Hens game at 5/3 Field on August 25. The game will include an induction ceremony of Farr's character "Klinger" into the Mud Hens Celebrity Hall of Fame. Farr is also expected to throw out the first pitch. Walleye General Manager Neil Neukam said that Farr will be the second person inducted into the hall.