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Toledo auto show preview celebrates vital northwest Ohio industry

Dealers at the event said after COVID-19 restrictions were lifted, they're glad to be at the show again to showcase new vehicles and more.

TOLEDO, Ohio — Dealers at the Toledo Auto Show preview gala on Thursday said they were glad to be back at the event celebrating a vital northwest Ohio industry after COVID-19 restrictions affected gatherings from previous years.

The show, which features the newest models from more than 20 automobile manufacturers, opens Friday and runs through Sunday at the newly renovated Glass City Center. 

At a Thursday-night "The Cars are the Stars" preview gala celebrating the return of the auto show, participants were excited to bring the event back after COVID-19 precautions forced cancellations.

The event is a fundraiser for local children's charities and has raised more than $2.2 million. 

Charities who will benefit from this year's gala include Adopt America Network, Connecting Kids to Meala and La Posada family Homeless Shelter. 

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Tickets to this year's auto show cost $6 ahead of the event or $8 at the gate. Children 9 and under can get in for free. Tickets can be found here

Along with a chance to check out new models and explore the cars, the show offers a photo scavenger hunt in which participants will attempt to correctly identify the makes and models of cars, along with a social-media selfie contest. Mascots from the Toledo Mud Hens and Toledo Walleye also will be there.

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