Central Illinois Auto Show has redesigns in 25th year

Adam Larck

Attendees to this year’s Central Illinois Auto Show may notice quite a few different looks.

That’s because this year’s show, in its 25th year, will be showing off several redesigns of vehicles.

Highlighting the redesigns will be five vehicles from Chevrolet: the 2014 Corvette Stingray, 2015 Silverado HD, the Tahoe, Surburban and Impala.

“There’s also going to be a newly redesigned Ford F150 and Mustang,” Brian Dennison, the President of the Peoria Metro New Car Dealer Association and chairman of the auto show, said.

The 2015 Chrysler 200 will also be showing off a new design.

Dennison, in his fourth year as part of the dealer association, said that the show is for both “car enthusiasts and for the family.”

More than 40,000 people are expected to see the more than 300 vehicles from 29 manufacturers and entertainment that is available Friday through Sunday at the Peoria Civic Center.

“There will be several new 2015s at the show from various manufacturers,” Dennison said. “It’s a non-selling show, so people can come to the show and look at all the vehicles at their leisure.”

Doors open at noon on Friday and close at 8 p.m. Saturday hours are 11 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday is 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Tickets are $5 for ages 16 and older, with children 15 and younger free with a paid adult.

Besides plenty of vehicles to see, Dennison said there is plenty of entertainment also available for children to enjoy.

“There are some new attractions this year that weren’t at the show last year,” he said.

One of the new additions is King Robota, an 8-foot tall robot that will be walking around and interacting with the crowd.

The robot will be there from 3-4 p.m. and 6-7 p.m. Friday and noon-1 p.m., 3-4 p.m. and 5:30-7 p.m. Saturday.

Another new group, the Chicago Honey Bear Dancers, will perform from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Sunday. From 2:30-3:30 p.m. they will put on a children’s dance workshop at the Celebrity Center.

Magicians, balloon artists and stilt walkers will be at the Civic Center all weekend, and Spongebob Squarepants, Spider-Man and Captain America will be available for photos. Dennison encouraged parents to bring cameras to the show.

“It’s a very family-oriented show and a lot of attractions are geared around family and kids,” he said.

In addition, the weekend will feature various giveaways, including a 25th anniversary commemorative tote bag for the first 500 adults, and a blood drive from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday in the Verizon Café. All donors will get a free American Red Cross lunch tote.

For more information about the auto show, visit www.peoriaautoshow.com.