The Penguin Tap
Vonachen's Old Place
All of the above
The Dark Knight
The House Bunny
Pizza dough-tossing contest.
The Flaming Lips.
They opened for Robert Plant and Alison Krauss.
They played a gig at the legendary Whisky a Go Go club in Los Angeles.
They were one of the top six finalists in a contest to choose an opener for Motley Crue's 2009 tour.
They relocated to Chicago.
A surprise appearance by Jack Black, who voices the character Po.
Adam Sandler catching a fish in his backside in the opening scenes of "You Don't Mess with the Zohan" after that movie was mistakenly screened instead.
James Gandolfini was here to give a lecture on gun safety.
Joey Pantoliano was here to help uninsured and financially struggling Illinoisans gain access to programs that provide low-cost prescription medicines.
Lorraine Bracco was here to hand out pamphlets on mental health disorders.
Vincent Pastore was here for a fishing expedition on the Illinois River.
Keith Urban/Carrie Underwood.
Rascal Flatts/Taylor Swift.
The Radio City Rockettes' Christmas Spectacular.
The Jonas Brothers.
Euro Jack's Cafe.
The Fish House.
Beer Fest II: The Fall Chapter.
A masquerade ball at Packard Plaza.
A pumpkin carving contest for local schoolchildren.
A pig roast and bonfire at Festival Park.
The Hub Ballroom in Edelstein.
Adrenaline Rush teen dance club.
Tilley's, a restaurant at the old Rock Island train depot on the riverfront.
All of the above.
Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis.
Emily West of WEEK-TV, Channel 25.
Joey D. of 102.3 MAX FM.
Journal Star columnist/WMBD radio personality Phil Luciano.
Raven-Symone, who played Olivia Kendall on "The Cosby Show."
Fort Myers, Fla.-based rapper Plies.
Peoria-bred rock band Mudvayne.
Blue Oyster Cult.
A destructive group of music snobs irritated that the festival had added a "Steamboat Idol" contest this year.
A dispute over who won a spontaneous sidewalk hacky sack contest.
A stampede caused by a sidewalk vendor giving away free Dippin' Dots ice cream.
Achmed the Dead Terrorist, to ventriloquist Jeff Dunham after Dunham misspoke.
Achmed the Dead Terrorist, to ventriloquist Jeff Dunham after Dunham misspoke