41st Annual Historic Old West End Festival kicks off this weekend

The Dick-Blevens Minnich home on Scottwood Avenue is one of the homes featured in this year's festival.
The Dick-Blevens Minnich home on Scottwood Avenue is one of the homes featured in this year's festival.

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - It is time for the Old West End to show off its very best. The 41st Annual Historic Old West End Festival kicks off June 2.

The organizers of the festival have planned a very busy weekend full of food, entertainment, a parade, a race and more. Additionally, the festival will also feature an inside look at the historic homes in the neighborhood.

Tour tickets cost $12, but can be bought for $10 with a donation of four canned goods or canned pet food goods. Canned goods will benefit St. Paul's United Methodist Church and Humane Ohio Pet Food Bank. Kids ages 12 and under are free.

The tour will cover seven homes. For example, there is the Dick-Blevens Minnich home. It was built by the same architect as the Valentine Theater. The owners bought the home about a year ago and said the tours will help people see the effort that goes into refurbishing the historic homes.

"It's still a work in progress, but we were assured that people would be interested to see a house that's maybe not so complete and some of the processes that go on," explained Joseph Minnich.

Kent Illenden, festival publicity chairman, is happy to provide the experience.

"For once a year, to bring in everybody in the community and surrounding areas to experience what we experience everyday living here, the architecture, the history of it, is certainly the big draw," said Illenden.

Tours are Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Food and entertainment will continue into the night. For more information visit Toledo Old West End.

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