Duryea Days kicks off in the Heights

By WEEK Producer

June 21, 2013 Updated Dec 21, 2013 at 7:20 PM CDT

PEORIA HEIGHTS, Ill -- The ninth annual Duryea days are back, and bigger than ever.

The festival kicked off Friday evening at Tower park with live music, food and vendors.

A second location was added to this years event. Heritage square will host Vendor Booth's, Live Music, a dunk tank and a Bags tournament during the day Saturday.

All proceeds will be donated to the Peoria Heights Police department to cover the costs of the new K-9 unit.

"They've just acquired a new dog named Grouchie, and they need additional financial support to help with the ongoing training and additional equipment they need for the dog," said Carolyn Catton, Duryea Days committee member. "It's a very important division of the police department because it's very important in being able to help with keeping our community and businesses safe in the Heights."

Duryea Days continues Saturday from 8 am to 5 pm at Heritage Square and 8am to 10pm at Tower Park .