Safety still a concern at Steamboat Days

By WEEK Producer

June 13, 2014 Updated Jun 13, 2014 at 10:47 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- The 43rd annual Steamboat Days Festival rolled into town this weekend and there are lots of things families can enjoy, an added bonus? Safety.

The festival offers rides, food, and live music.

But something festival goers may wonder about, the guys walking around in bright yellow.

The ELITE program has been a part of steamboat days for 6 years now.

Members walk around ensuring everyone is safe and acting appropriately.

About eight years ago there was an incident at the event that prompted ELITE to step in and get involved.

"It occurred to us that rather than wait for all of those things to happen, that if we could help, simply by putting our eyes, simply by going up and telling kids hey, this is what you need to do. And if they don't want to comply then we can say okay, it's time for you to leave. It's a lot better if they leave and go home and sleep on their pillow rather than get in trouble and end up sleeping where they don't want to be," said ELITE officer Bill Cannon.

Steamboat days will be down at the Riverfront until Saturday night.