Peoria celebrates anniversary of All-American City honor

By Beau Ebenezer

June 26, 2014 Updated Jun 26, 2014 at 10:32 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- It's been one year since Peoria was named an All-American City.

Thursday night, residents celebrated how far the city has come.

The event included face painting and free access to the Peoria Riverfront Museum's "Science of Ripley's Believe it Or Not!" exhibit.

A ceramic mural was also unveiled.

It showcases residents comments on why Peoria truly is All-American.

"My real hope and idea for this piece in celebration of the All-American city is to show the beauty of this place," said mural artist, Jacob Grant. "I hope that it can draw attention and people can actually connect with it."

"This is a showcase for our community for all of the positive things that are going on," said Young Professionals former Chairman, Tim Cundiff. "This All-American city honor just draws a little more attention and puts the spotlight back on Peoria."

Peoria was one of ten cities to receive the award.

This was their fourth time being named an All-American city.

Organizers hope to be recognized again in the coming years.