Gervasi Vineyard Cruise In (photo by Cliff Franks)
Ohio Life Travel

Revved Up: 4 Ohio Events for Car Enthusiasts

These happenings focus on fun on wheels, from antique cars to a race through the forests of southeast Ohio.

Gervasi Vineyard Cruise-ins: Visit Gervasi Vineyard each Wednesday to see well-preserved classic cars in a variety of makes and models. Between 20 and 50 vehicles routinely show up for the weekly event, which happens from June 1 through Sept. 28. Each week focuses on a different car club or organization. While you’re at the vineyard, choose from three on-site dining experiences.

Southern Ohio Forest Rally: Witness a rally race through the forests of southeast Ohio that happens in stages over three days. This year, spectators can see the start of the race at Chillicothe’s Yoctangee Park on June 9, or travel to race locations in Shawnee State Forest in Scioto County on June 10 and Zaleski State Forest in Vinton County on June 11.

Fifth Annual Toledo Jeep Fest: This celebration of the Jeep and its ties to Toledo returns Aug. 12 through 14. (The city has been making Jeeps since the 1940s, and the Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Gladiator are still produced there today.) The family-friendly festival kicks off with the Jeep Off-Road Welcome Party and includes the All-Jeep Parade, Outdoor Park-N-Shine Show and much more.

Annual Antique & Classic Car Parade: This event showcasing unique and beautiful cars from years past rolls through Hamilton on July 23. The parade kicks off at the Butler County Courthouse and is led by a different classic model each year. The procession travels from the courthouse to Fairfield Crossing and back. Food and awards round out the fun.

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