President’s Message

Mike Bambrick, 2017 PMNCDA PresidentOn behalf of the Peoria Metro New Car Dealers Association, I would like to personally invite you to join us in celebrating the 28th Central Illinois Auto Show.  Over the past 28 years this Auto Show has grown to become a premiere event that exhibits the innovative beauty of the automobile industry’s past, present and future.

This show rivals auto shows in such markets as Kansas City, Indianapolis and Milwaukee. Attendance, as in previous years, is expected to reach the 40,000 mark. The Peoria Metro New Car Dealers Association’s 31 dealers will be displaying over 300 vehicles from 30 different Manufacturers. You will be able to see the latest and greatest in cars, trucks, SUV’s, and Crossovers all on one level, under one roof. They’re just waiting for you to check them out!

The Central Illinois Auto Show promises to be something for the entire family! Meet your favorite look-a-like characters from Partycrasher’s: Princess Belle, Princess Elsa, and Marshal from Paw Patrol.  They will be available for photo opportunities, meet & greets and to entertain the kids.  On Saturday and Sunday, come meet and get a picture with Princess Belle, Princess Elsa, and Marshal from Paw Patrol, all located at our Celebrity Center.

From the popular Marvel Comics, we are pleased to have the all new “Marvel Superheroes United Show” including Ant Man, Captain America, Spider-Man, Iron-Man, Thor, and Loki! This is an entertaining show that is wowing crowds at Auto Shows across the country.  You can meet these action heroes after the shows! Be sure your phone is charged!  On Saturday, Marvel Heroes will have three shows and on Sunday there will be two shows.  Meet & greets will follow each performance.

New for this year Walk Around Characters (including Batman, Bat Girl and the Green Lantern lookalikes) will be available for photo opportunities.  They will be located at the Celebrity Center Stage in the Terrazzo Lobby on Friday and Saturday.  On Sunday, their Walk-a-Round will start at the Celebrity Center Stage in the Terrazzo Lobby.

For even more family entertainment, there will be stilt walkers, face painters, inflatable bouncer fun, and balloon artists.  Every day will feature absolute excitement for the whole family to enjoy-all free with your admission!

Skip the long lines at the Department of Motor Vehicles! The Secretary of State will be on hand for drivers’ licenses and ID card renewals, replacements or corrections, and even to renew license plate stickers.

We all want to extend a BIG thanks to our sponsors and everyone involved in making this the “Largest Auto Show in Downstate Illinois”. We look forward to a fun-filled and excitement-packed weekend! Please join us for our 28th Annual fun-filled weekend for the whole family on April 7th, 8th and 9th at the Peoria Civic Center, for the 2017 Central Illinois Auto Show. Don’t forget to like us on  facebook and see you there!

Mike Bambrick, 2017 PMNCDA President | Auto Show Chairman