The team behind Toledo Jeep Fest said Tuesday they have secured a number of key partnerships -- including agreements with Dana Inc. and ProMedica -- and are about halfway to their lofty goal of raising $300,000 to put on the highly anticipated event next August.

Registration is also now up and running for both people who want to enter their Jeeps in the show or parade, and for vendors.

"That's important because we're anticipating between 60, maybe to 100 vendors to come and participate in the event. A lot of these will be Jeep aftermarket and suppliers that are interested in the customer base we're going to be able to accumulate," said Jerry Huber, chairman of the Toledo Jeep Fest Steering Committee and a former manager of the city's Jeep plant.

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