A Committee of the
St. Patrick Society of Peoria

PIF/EF Executive Committee
Chairman & Event Co-Chair
   John L. Martin
Vice Chairman
   K.C. Murphy
   Theresa Hoadley
   Shelly Rapp
Administrative Committee
   Kent Higgins
Entertainment Committee
   Thomas McConnaughay
Financial Committee
   Ed Monroe
Logistics Committee
   Steve Bergquist
Marketing Committee
   Eric Hoadley
Vendor & Exhibitor Committee
   Melissa Arbisi
Volunteer Committee
   Cheri Ruskusky

Peoria Irish Fest - Moving On To 2021

     We all were saddened by the cancellation of the Peoria Irish Fest.
However, I want to remind everyone that this is not the end of this great cultural event. All 39 previous Peoria Irish Fests – Erin Feis have had their challenges. Yet together we have overcome them. COVID-19 will not defeat us.
     Most of the 30 plus committee chairs and co-chairs have eagerly volunteered again for 2021. Throughout this past summer our committees have been working on the goal of keeping Peoria Irish Fest – Erin Feis alive in 2021 and beyond. We have already booked our Major Entertainers for 2021. With bridge construction completed the Logistics Committee has been upgrading the look and grounds layout. Vendors and exhibitors are being booked. And negotiations have started with subcontractors (tents, lights, etc.).
     But we need your help! Cancelling the 2020 Fest left us with bills to pay. We have paid for insurance, rent for meetings and storage, web site costs, consultants and phone costs. Our reduced budget for 2020 is $8000. But unless we raise some money now, we will have to cover these expenses from our limited reserves. To make matters worse, we anticipate that our 2021 sponsorship revenue will be half of the $80,000 needed to cover entertainer and associated costs (sound, stage, hotel, food, etc.).
     Will you please help keep Irish culture alive in Central Illinois by making a year-end tax deductible donation of $25, $50, $100 or whatever you can afford to the St. Patrick Society of Peoria. Please mail your donation to the Society at P.O. Box 117, Peoria, IL 61650. Or you can use your credit or debit card. Please click here to be directed to Pay Pal.
     Finally, we also need help in soliciting businesses or organizations to be a 2021 Sponsor of the biggest Irish Festival in Illinois outside of Chicago. Any leads or other help that you can give will be greatly appreciated.
     It has been a difficult year for everyone. So, take a deep breath and join us as we move forward to Peoria Irish Fest – Erin Feis 2021. Thanks for your continued support of Irish culture in Central Illinois and Happy Thanksgiving!

With best wishes,
John Martin
PIF – EF Executive Committee Chairman
Event Co-Chair

Mark your calendars for August 27 – 28 – 29, 2021, for one of the best Irish festivals in the Midwest … the Peoria Irish Fest!
You’ll love what we have planned for you! Outstanding music and dance. Celtic culture galore through Highland Games, exhibits and interactive sessions. Delicious food and drink. Legions of laughs and mounds of memories!

Thanks to Our Sponsors

If you enjoyed yourself at our fest, then please take a moment to thank the sponsors that helped make it happen. Let them know you appreciate their support of YOUR fest, every chance you can!


Peoria Irish Fest 2020 Cancelled

Due to the uncertainty caused by COVID-19, your festival organizers have had to cancel this year’s event. Click here to read more.


Why Volunteer?

Peoria Irish Fest simply cannot live without our wonderful volunteers. We always need more help, so why not you? Volunteer to help, and you’ll be so happy you did — from the great time you’ll have to the outstanding people you’ll meet.