Local Beer Festival turns 21

By WEEK Producer

April 19, 2013 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 1:20 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- One annual festival is turning 21 years old, although that didn't stop them from having a beer in the past, or a few thousand.

The Peoria Jaycee's International Beer Festival kicked off Friday night with a sneak preview.

Fifty percent of ticket revenue will be donated to the Dax Locke foundation.

On Saturday, the festival officially opens to the public, officials are expecting to bring in around 5,000 people.

"We love the fact that we bring together groups literally from around the world. We have people from Denmark that come here every year, former Caterpillar employees. We have people that come from the Chicago-land area, Kansas, also in the Peoria area. They make it together a reunion every year and we love the fact that we can help them with that," said Jaycee's International Beerfest, Jennifer Ritter.

The beer starts pouring Saturday at 1:00 p.m. and runs until 8:00 p.m.

Jaycees said they hope to raise $7,000 Friday night for the Dax Locke foundation.