In Brief: All-American City video viewing; Dozer Park ceremony

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All-American City video viewing

The public is invited to view the video shot last week that will be part of Peoria's All-American City competition package.

The video will be shown at 9 a.m. Monday, June 3, in the Giant Screen Theatre at Peoria Riverfront Museum. There is no charge.

The video was put together by various groups helping with the competition. It is being spearheaded by the Young Professionals of Greater Peoria organization, which will present the video and the rest of the Peoria package during jury voting for the award next month in Denver.

The video includes shots made at various locations throughout the community, capped off with the parade up Adams Street by a couple hundred or so Peorians, singing and strutting to the Rod Stewart song "Forever Young." 

Theater doors will open at 8:45am.  The event should last approximately 30 minutes.

Dozer Park ceremony planned

Dozer Park, the newly renamed home of the Peoria Chiefs, will be officially dedicated during a ceremony before the Chiefs game on Friday, June 7.

The Chiefs and Caterpillar Inc., which acquired the naming rights to the stadium a few weeks ago, are referring to the event as a new "Opening Day" of the baseball season.

Caterpillar chose the name Dozer Park to honor its heritage. The bulldozer, which Caterpillar now calls a track-type tractor, was the machine on which the company was founded.

The festivities will start at 4:30p.m. with free Fun on the Run family activities outside the ballpark. There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5:45p.m. with area dignitaries, Chiefs staff members and Caterpillar employees.

The gates open at 6 p.m. with the first pitch at 7 p.m.  The Clinton Lumber Kings will bet he opponent that night.

Also at Dozer Park that night, mini bulldozers will be given away to the first 2,000 people through the gates. There will also be 25-cent hot dogs, and it will be Flat Screen Friday. That means six lucky people will each go home with a 32” flat screen TV.