TOLEDO -- The annual Toledo Spring Festival will offer carnival rides, live music, family glow run, parade and other activities on the courthouse square.

The festival will be held Thursday to Sunday, with a Luehrs' Ideal Rides carnival open on all four days. The carnival will open at 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and noon Saturday and Sunday. All rides will take one ticket on Sunday, when the carnival will close at 4 p.m.

"We always like to highlight Luehrs' Ideal Rides. They have been coming to Toledo for 62 years now," said festival volunteer Mckenzi Easton, whose family has a long history of involvement with this event. "My great-grandparents were some of the individuals that originally got Luehrs to come to Toledo all those years ago."

Main stage events will include the preteen, miss and little miss pageants at 6:30 p.m. Thursday; a Dirt Road Revival country concert at 8-11 p.m. Friday; and a Bombshell -- The Rock Show concert at 8-11 p.m. Saturday.

"We have two awesome bands this year," Easton said, adding that Bombshell is billed as "The Ultimate Hair Band Tribute."

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The beer tent will be open 5-11:30 p.m. Friday and 4-11:30 p.m. Saturday. Toledo firefighters will bartend for tips in the tent, with all the proceeds going toward the purchase of safety equipment.

On Friday, the annual family glow run will start at 8 p.m. Participants will have glow in the dark decorations on them. Registration will begin at 6 p.m.. Easton said the theme this year is "Dash thru the Decades, Video Game Edition."

"Participants are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite video game character. Lots of prizes and a drawing for a Nintendo Switch are included," Easton said.

Other activities will include a vendor fair on all four days, a "Game on at The Arcade" themed parade at 1 p.m. Saturday, and a car show at 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday. Easton said the parade marshal will be Winona Saathoff, who was crowned in 1949 as the first Spring Festival queen.

More information is available at the Toledo Spring Festival page on Facebook.

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Contact Rob Stroud at (217) 238-6861. Follow him on Twitter: @TheRobStroud



Rob Stroud is a reporter for the JG-TC, covering the city of Mattoon, Lake Land College, Cumberland County and areas including Oakland, Casey and Martinsville.

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