PEORIA — The carnival must go on, and as such, the rides often associated with Steamboat Days will move across the river to Pekin because of the flooding on Peoria's riverfront.
Last week, it was announced that high water has led to the cancellation of the carnival portion of Steamboat Days, but the co-owner of the company that supplies the rides said they have moved to East Court Village Shopping Center, located at 3500 Court St.
Deanna Pusey, the co-owner of CDAC Inc. Amusements, said "We will be erecting more rides than what we had space for on the riverfront, including the giant gondola Ferris wheel. There also will be no admission fee into the carnival like on the riverfront."
Pusey said they sought to move the carnival rather than wait for the water because there is "a very short carnival season in central Illinois and we cannot afford to lose a weekend of revenue. We also employ over 50 people which depend on a weekly paycheck."
The carnival will be open Wednesday through Friday from 5 to 10 p.m. On Saturday it will be open from 1 to 10 p.m.
Changing locations, Pusey said, allowed them to remove a fee to just attend the carnival.
"If you wish to ride the rides you will need to buy tickets, or on Saturday afternoon a wristband," she said, adding that a wristband for Saturday costs $25 and is good from 1 to 5 p.m.