It’s tough to believe that we already find ourselves in the middle of July, but here we are in the heat of the Central Illinois summer looking for some relief. Does anyone remember begging for the heat in January? It’s funny how that works.
Anyways, there’s plenty going on in the area to keep you busy this weekend, including concerts, festivals, races, and one of the largest area events that comes to town each summer. Of course, I couldn’t talk through everything happening this weekend, or you’d be reading until Monday and would miss out on all the fun. So, I’ve picked five highlight events for the weekend.
Try and make it out to a couple of them!
Heart of Illinois Fair: For the 64th year, nine days of livestock shows, competitive exhibits, carnival rides, midway games, demo derbies, and truck and tractor pulls converge on Exposition Gardens in Peoria. No matter who you are or what you’re interested in, there’s something for you at the fair. If you’re one of those thrill seekers who loves the feeling of your heart dropping out of your chest, there are plenty of rides that will have you screaming at the top of your lungs like a teenage girl. It’s also the perfect family outing that will keep the children entertained for hours on end. So head out to the fair this weekend and experience it for yourself.
Hairbanger’s Ball: This goes out to all the “sellouts!” This Friday at 7:30 PM at the CEFCU Center Stage, you’ll have you’re opportunity to bring back your monster hair, tattoos, leopard print spandex and all the make-up you can handle! Ok, so I was kidding about the “sellout” comment… but if you’re looking for a flash back to the “glam band” metal days, head down to the riverfront. This band will rock all night, with covers of Journey’s “Anyway You Want It,” Pat Benatar’s “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” Scorpion’s “Rock You Like A Hurricane,” any many more.
Wine and Cheese Under the Stars: Looking for something a little more relaxing that you can enjoy with your significant other? The Peoria Riverfront Museum has the event for you. This month’s event is featuring wines from August Hill Winery in Utica, IL. So head to the museum on Friday from 7-9 p.m. for a guided tour of the universe in the state-of-the-art Dome Planetarium with a glass of wine and some cheese!
Muddy Madness: If you’re searching for an activity for the kids this weekend, head out to Westwood Park in Morton on Saturday for the Kid’s Muddy Madness for St. Jude! The races begin at 9:30 a.m. and last until noon. Obstacles on the course include the “Snake & Worm Tube Crawl,” “Stairway to Heaven Straw Climb,” and of course, the “Muddy Madness Mud Pit!” There will be a total of 8 obstacles and adult supervisors at each area to help the children. You can register online or arrive at the day of the event at 8:00 a.m. to sign up. Head to Morton this weekend and let your kids get muddy for a good cause!
Morton Downtown Super Cruise: If you’re a car fanatic, then the place to be is Downtown Morton on Saturday night. Over 500 cars manufactured from 1930-2010 will converge for a six-hour event, which will draw roughly 1,200 visitors. There will be music and local food vendors filling the street. For the car owners: no registration is needed; just bring your car. If you don’t have a car to show off, that’s okay too! Just come out and relax while checking out some of the coolest rides around.
As always, stay busy Peoria and keep it here for news on everything “Playing in Peoria!”
Written By: Andrew Ketterer