The Old West End festival kicks off after a 2-year hiatus

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) — After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the Old West End festival kicked off its first night at the Agnes Reynolds Jackson Arbetorium.

“We are delighted to be back, everyone was eager to return to the festival. It’s the best event in the neighborhood every year, and we really miss having done it for two years. And we’re thrilled to be back,” said Dan Finkle, the event’s president of public relations.

“Normally the festival starts on Saturday morning, and it always does. But what we decided to do was open the festival one night earlier, in a limited venue,” Finkle said. “Here tonight we have food trucks, we have beer trucks, and we have live music, so everyone is going to party until 10 p.m.

As for Saturday, people passing by will find many more. In addition to food, drink, and entertainment, visitors can tour historic homes, wander through an art exhibit, shop with vendors, and enjoy activities.

Terrance Ellis is an Old West End resident who has turned his front yard into a showcase for the festival. He said the parade is definitely a highlight.

“You have a parade going on, it’s really fabulous with everything they’ve done. All the parks have activities. You’re going to have a lot of people from everywhere,” Ellis said. .

The festival kicks off on Saturday with a parade through the area. To see the plan of the parade, and to have more information on the festival click here.

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