More than 25,000 people are expected on Peoria's riverfront this weekend for the steamboat classic and festival and an "A" list of performers like Nelly and Old Dominion. But temperatures could reach the nineties.
One health employee recommends that you start drinking lots of water before you leave home. But if you don't they've got a plan to help you beat the heat.
Hot muggy temperatures forecasted for the weekend could actually make for a steamy, Steam Boat Days on the riverfront. Advanced Medical Transport Ambulance service will have a medical tent and extra employees on site.
"This weekend we have all hands on deck and we want to have a big presence and make sure everybody's well cared for. But prevention goes a long way too, so staying hydrated and finding some shade, taking breaks, that's gonna be beneficial to people," said AMT Outreach Manager Josh Bradshaw. With four days of concerts organizers expect up to 30,000 people to visit the riverfront. Besides carnival rides they've added more games which could make it harder to stay cool.
"We work real closely with Illinois American Water, they have a refillable station and so if you do have bottled water while you're down here they have somewhere where you can refill that up and also have drinking fountains and sprinkles to kinda stay cool," said Steam Boat Days organizer Leon Edwards.
There's limited parking around the riverfront. but organizers have some options for people who don't want to do a lot of walking.
"We've really tried to push through Inked Entertainment the use of shuttle, they've got a shuttle route that runs a couple different locations, specifically for the concerts. We're also pushing with the city some of the city's public parking lots downtown," said Peoria Park District Spokesperson Nick Conrad.
For more information on the shuttle log onto the website tailgate-n-tall-boys-dot-com.