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Toledo fest celebrating 60 years with carnival provider | News

TOLEDO — The upcoming Toledo Spring Festival will celebrate 60 years of Luehrs’ Ideal Rides providing the carnival for this annual event.

Luehrs, based in Collinsville, is scheduled to operate its carnival throughout the festival Thursday through Sunday in downtown Toledo. In addition, festival co-chair Nicki Light said members of the Luehrs family will serve as grand marshals of the parade at 1 p.m. Saturday.

“They definitely bring great family entertainment. They are one of the region’s best providers of portable amusement parks. We are very proud of that,” Light said. “There are not a lot of fairs and festivals that can say they have had the same carnival provider for 60 years.”

Light said Luehrs has always provided a good mixture of rides, including a Ferris wheel, for young children and older festival-goers, as well as a fun house and other attractions. The carnival is scheduled to be open at 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, noon Saturday, and noon-4 p.m. Sunday.

An open house for the Toledo Fire Protection District’s new station on the courthouse square is scheduled to be held immediately after the 1 p.m. Saturday parade, Light added.

The festival’s evening entertainment is scheduled to include the junior miss, preteen and little miss pageants at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and a Backflash concert at 7:30-11 p.m. Friday. In addition, the Jake Hoult gospel band will perform at 1-3 p.m. Sunday.

Light said the Brat Pack band, a newcomer to the Toledo Spring Festival, is scheduled to perform from 8-11 p.m. Saturday in the beer tent. She said this band is known for its energetic performances of 1980s pop music and for the 1980s-style attire that its performers wear on stage.

There is a $5 cover charge for the Brat Pack concert. Entry to the beer tent, which is also open Friday night, is limited to those age 21 and older.

In addition, Light said the fourth annual Family Fun Glow Run will be held at 8 p.m. Friday. She said free glow sticks will be provided, and participants are also encouraged to bring their own glowing decorations. She said whole families often walk together and decorate their baby strollers for this event.

Light said 175 participants have already signed up for the Glow Run, which has a “Survivor” theme. She said the course will include five stops where participants can complete tasks to earn a puzzle piece. She said the first individual or team that assembles the puzzle at the finish line will be named the “Ultimate Survivor.”

Other highlights of the festival will include a vendor fair on the courthouse lawn on all four days of this event, a car show at 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, and a chicken dinner at 11 a.m. Sunday. The Toledo Clickers will hold an amateur photo show on Saturday and Sunday at the Toledo Life Center.

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