Jay Goldberg Events announces hiatus of Peoria’s Grand Nationals Weekend
JGEE has announced that there will be no Grand Nationals weekend this year in conjunction with Peoria’s TT Races. After 25 years of celebrating the nation’s longest running dirt bike races, JGEE has decided to take a year off due to the high number of competing events and specifically the addition of a directly competing event on the Sunday of the TT Race weekend.
“Things got a bit more difficult last year with the races being moved from Sunday to Saturday, forcing us to move our bigger concert to Friday night” said producer Ian Goldberg, “and then this year, the Peoria Park District Riverfront division decided to work with another promoter to put a very competitive event on the Sunday following the races, in contradiction of its stated policy of a radius around events protecting them from competition. In addition to adding the competing event, the Park District made unrealistic operational demands like the full event being torn down and cleaned up by 7am on Sunday. Due to these factors, we have decided it was not worth the very significant financial investment and risk to try and force something to work.”
The intention is that this will be a one-year hiatus and hopefully we can work with the Park District to again honor their policy and bring back one of Peoria’s longest running and most successful events on the riverfront.
JGEE will still be hosting the 31st Annual Peoria Blues and Heritage Music Festival at the Riverfront Festival Park over Labor Day Weekend, August 30th and 31st. The 2019 lineup features Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, Here Come The Mummies, Tommy Castro and The Painkillers, JGB Ft Melvin Seals & John Kadlecik, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Laith Al-Saadi, and many more. To learn more about Peoria Blues and Heritage Music Festival, click here