Central Illinois Auto Show canceled for third consecutive year

Published: Feb. 6, 2023 at 6:30 PM CST
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PEORIA (25 News Now) - The 33rd annual Central Illinois Auto Show at the Peoria Civic Center is canceled for the third straight year.

The Peoria Metro New Car Dealers Association announced Monday there were a number of factors that led to the decision. Most notably, the microchip shortage and the number of cars available.

“Without the manufacturer’s support with the display and the vehicle, it wouldn’t be the show we are accustomed to having,” said the show’s chairman Mike Bowermaster. “We hope in 2024 we can have everything in line so we can continue to have a show for our community.”

According to Scherer Mazda, the week following the annual show is one of the busiest. Chairman Mike Bowermaster said there is a plan to bring the show back to the Peoria Civic Center in 2024 and 2025.