PEORIA, Ill. — Tailgate N’ Tallboys is no longer a River City event.
The recently-formed entertainment company USA Concerts & Events announced Monday that Tailgate N’ Tallboys will move to South Fork Park in Taylorville for its 2020 run from July 30 – Aug. 1. The festival theme in 2020 will be “taking country back to the country.”
The event’s sponsors Wayne Klein and Steven Crusen, co-owners, who own the Crusens locations in Peoria and bring in local and regional musicians, are leading the entertainment company.
“Next year will be the fifth year of the festival and we are just excited to be a part of it and make sure it’s around for another five years,” Klein said. “We are refocusing on the experience part of the festival. It’s going to be a lot more than just music.”
Artist announcements for the upcoming Tailgate N’ Tallboys festival will be announced on Feb. 4.
“We are looking forward to joining USA Concerts & Events to continue bringing more top entertainment to Central Illinois,” South Fork owner Leroy Harris said.
Pat Sullivan, the owner of Kelleher’s Irish Pub & Eatery, said this will negatively impact business owners on the Peoria Riverfront.
“It brought a lot of people down this way, lots of people came from out of town stayed in hotels ate at restaurants which helped,” Sullivan said.
Neighbors in the community are also disappointed that the festival will be moving to a new location.
“It stinks, it was kind of nice to have it so close and nearby big bands coming through and um didn’t quite see that when I was younger so it was kind of nice to have something like that in town.”
President and CEO of Enjoy Peoria (Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bureau) said the event provided a lot of economic opportunity in downtown Peoria. However, he believes this could make room for new opportunities in the future.