Pekin Main Street’s annual Friday Night Family Fest will be held on Friday, September 6, 2013, from 5:00-10:00 p.m. on the Courthouse Square in Downtown Pekin. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy this family event to kick-off the Marigold Festival Weekend.
Pre-show entertainment will begin on the Pekin Insurance Main Stage at Elizabeth and Capitol Streets at 5:00pm with the band Flying Crazy Monkeyz, followed by the Intentional Praise Band at approximately 6:00. The Pekin’s Got Talent competition will kick off at 7:00 with popular DJ “Dr” Chris Michaels from 104.9 The Wolf hosting. After 2 prior rounds of auditions, the field of contestants has been narrowed down to the top 12. These ten contestants will be competing for cash prizes generously donated by Herget Bank. Contestants are: Gunner Harnett and Lexi Maxwell, Libby Green, Bailey Haynes, Emory Milot, Natalie Gibbs, Aubrey Whyman, Cody Salem, Allison Lowman, Tamera Johnsen, Morning Star and RD Jackson. The judges for the competition are Maggie Carnegie, Felicia Canamore and Dennis Hilst. Miss Marigold Brittany Sherwood and Marigold Grand Marshalls Rich and Nancy Kreigsman will award special awards to their favorite acts. The Papa Murphy’s Fan Favorite Award will also be presented to the contestant who generated the most votes in an in-store contest at Papa Murphy’s Pizza in Pekin. Live music by The Bootstrap Duo will be presented on Court Street in front of the Speakeasy Art Center and Hawaiian Sun Tanning. In the event of inclement weather, Pekin’s Got Talent competition will be held at the Fusion Building’s Teen Center (the old Elk’s lodge) on Sabella Street.
The Unique Twist Balloon Artists will be at the event to entertain and delight children of all ages with their fantastic balloon creations and the fantastic face painters from Wild Style Design Company will be there too. Special guests SpongeBob SquarePants, a Storm Trooper from Star Wars and Rooty the Root Beer Bear will be visiting downtown for this special event.
Families can enjoy great music and entertainment while sampling food from over 15 different food vendors in our 2013 Taste of Tazewell, including pork chop sandwiches, tenderloins, gyros, grilled specialties, Italian beef sandwiches, strawberry shortcake, funnel cakes, ice cream, barbeque, pizza, lemonade shake-ups and more. Food vendors for the 2012 Friday Night Family Fest are: J&J Parks Concessions, Haddad’s Restaurant, Haddad’s Downtown, Boy Scout Troop 62, Alzheimer’s Association, Mike’s Knot Just Ribs, PCHS Choral Department, Cornbelt Concessions, Jeff’s Snack Shack and Papa Murphy’s Take and Bake Pizza. Food vendors will line Court, Capitol and Elizabeth Streets. Our panel of Taste of Tazewell judges will be awarding prizes to food vendors in various categories and the public is invited to join the fun by voting for their favorite food item as well in the Fan Favorite contest.
Event hosted by Pekin Main Street and major event sponsors are Pekin Insurance, City of Pekin Tourism, A&W/Long John Silver’s of Pekin and Costco. For more information, please call the Pekin Main Street office at (309) 353-3100 or visit our website at www.pekinmainstreet.com .