Pekin Main Street’s annual Friday Night Family Fest will be held on Friday, September 7, 2012, 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. 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 11. These ten contestants will be competing for cash prizes generously donated by Herget Bank. Contestants are: Libby Green, Bailey Haynes, Emory Milot, Amber Autrey, Donnie Engelbrecht, Bryonna Blanch, Cody Salem and Seth Johnson, Breanne Carroll and Courtney Richmond, Allison Lowman, Jessie Long and Kyle Leveque. The judges for the competition are Tom Edwards, Felicia Canamore and Dennis Hilst. Miss Marigold Hannah Finley and Marigold Grand Marshall Dorothy Barker 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.
The A & W/Long John Silver’s Court Street Stage, on the corner of Court and Fourth Streets, will feature live music by the band Loose Shoes, from 7-10:00 p.m. This local band plays tunes from 4 decades and has a strong rhythm section that is accented by a full brass combo and several exceptional vocalists.
The Unique Twist will be at the event to entertain and delight children of all ages with their fantastic balloon creations. The A&W bear will make an appearance.
Families can enjoy great music and entertainment while sampling food from over 15 different food vendors, 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, Pekin Main Street, Alzheimer’s Association, Mike’s Knot Just Ribs, PCHS Choral Department, Cornbelt Concessions, Mashies Pub and Eatery and Papa Murphy’s Take and Bake Pizza. Food vendors will line Court, Capitol and Elizabeth Streets.
Event hosted by Pekin Main Street and major event sponsors are Pekin Insurance and A&W/Long John Silvers of Pekin. For more information, please call the Pekin Main Street office at (309) 353-3100 or visit our website at www.pekinmainstreet.com .