Jeeps of all kinds invade Uptown Toledo

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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - From crazy colors to custom designs, Jeeps of all kinds invaded Adams Street Thursday just one day ahead of Toledo Jeep Fest 2019.

"Everything that you see on it I've done to the Jeep," enthusiast Kurt Eads said of his Jeep. "I'm the only person that works on the Jeep."

Eads made the 14-hour trek from Georgia just to be a part of the big event, and it's something that he says is worth it.

"The Jeep community throughout the United States, and throughout the world, is like no other," Eads said. "There's no other community like Jeeps."

With car crunching displays, 50-50 raffles and music, Toledo's own Glass City Crawlers put on the unofficial welcome party. It's the same club that Tony Byrd and his family are proud to be a part of.

"Everybody helps everybody," Byrd said of the club. "We all go mudding together. Somebody breaks down, everybody helps."

Like many "Jeepers," Byrd added personal touches to his Wrangler.

"We've got rocker lights, lights underneath the hood, halos around the headlights—all blue," Byrd said of his Jeep.

He even used his skills to trick-out his 2-year-old nephew's miniature Jeep as well.

"We put a steel door on it—I made them—put the skulls on it," Byrd said of the mini-Jeep. "We put lights on it. So he's on his own."

As Jeep-lovers strolled the street they also made their way into restaurants and bars like Wesley's and Georgiz419, bringing a boost to the Uptown area.

"For Manhattan's, and the other bars on Adams, to be participating—we really love it," owner of Manhattan's Pub and Cheer Zach Lahey said. "This is really a true Toledo event."

Now as another Jeep Fest gets underway people say they're ready to experience all that Toledo has to offer.

"It should be fun," Eads said.

Toledo Jeep Fest officially starts Friday with an off-road course party and free concert. The big all-Jeep parade through downtown happens Saturday, and 13abc will broadcast it live again this year starting at 11:00 a.m.