How Do I Get There?

This is the first time we have held our World Taxidermy & Fish Carving Championships at the Peoria Civic Center in Peoria, Illinois. We chose this location because of its central US location and its accessibility for driving and air travel.

The beautiful and spacious Peoria Civic Center will be the location for the World Show competitions, trade show exhibition, seminars, and award banquet. We are very excited about this new location and venue and feel it is a perfect fit for our event.

Both host hotels are located in the heart of downtown Peoria and offers plenty of on-location parking. The Peoria Civic Center, located behind and one block from the two hotels, has plenty of additional parking for large trucks, and trailers.

The event site is a 6.5-mile drive from General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport. Non-stop flights are available to eleven US destinations including, Minneapolis, Las Vegas, Atlanta, Detroit, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Phoenix, Orlando and St. Petersburg.

The Peoria, Illinois area is easy to get to, with over two-thirds of the nation’s taxidermists living within a one-day’s drive. If you live within the circle on the map, you can drive to the show in one day. We feel the venue is a perfect fit for the greatest taxidermy and fish carving exhibition on earth.

Where Do I Go?

When you arrive in Peoria, you may choose whether to secure your room at the two host hotels, or to go to the Peoria Civic Center to enter your competition entries and get your World Championships show packet with your badge.

YOUR ROOM Hotel check-in at either hotel is at 3:00 P.M., which is done in the main lobby of the hotels at 501 Main Street or 533 Main Street. The hotels are connected, as well as free parking decks for guests (enter from SW Monroe or SW Madison).

WTC BADGE The trade show, seminars, and competition will take place in the Civic Center. Enter the front of the Civic Center and stay on the lower level. Look to your right to find a large desk marked “REGISTRATIONS” in front of Area D. This is marked by the star on the above map. From there you will decide whether to get in the “PREREGISTERED” line or the “NEW REGISTRATIONS” line. All fees will be paid at this desk, whether for registrations, banquet tickets, and competition entries (if you are competing). Make sure all the information is correct and that your name is spelled correctly. If you are not competing, put on your badge—you’re done!

COMPETING? While in the registration lines, look to your right (in front of Exhibit Hall A) to find the area for entering your competition pieces. You must be wearing your badge and have all paid receipts with you when you get in this line (but not necessarily with your mount or carving entry). Each entry will be assigned a number, and you will be handed a card bearing the entry number, your name, and the species you are entering. Make sure all the information is correct and that your name is spelled correctly. Do not lose your entry cards.

Finally, you can get your entry and take it into the Competition Area (Exhibit Hall A). There will be grooming tables set up in the prefunction area. Your piece will be photographed and then one of the staff will help you place your piece in the Competition Area. For large or very heavy entries, the loading docks off of Kumpf Boulevard may be used.

ARE YOU AN EXHIBITOR? The 2017 WTC Trade Show will take place on the lower level of the Civic Center in Area D, with loading docks on Kumpf Boulevard. Please pick up your packet with your badge at the registration desk on the lower level of the Civic Center. You must be wearing your badge when you bring in your booth materials and set up.

SEMINARS AND AWARDS BANQUET The 2017 WTC seminar program and awards banquet will take place on the top floor of the Civic Center, up the escalators above the trade show area.

The Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette Hotel and the Marriott Courtyard are the host hotels for the 2017 World Taxidermy and Fish Carving Championships®. The Pere Marquette is an historic, elegant hotel and the entire interior is newly renovated to the high standards of the Marriott Corp. The Marriott Courtyard is brand new with spacious rooms that are well appointed with a refrigerator and large windows overlooking the city of Peoria. Both hotels have offered our group free WiFi, free self-parking, and two free vouchers per room to a morning buffet breakfast at the Pere Marquette. The buffet will be in a separate location from the hotel restaurant and available to our room block only. Vouchers will be given at check-in with the location for the breakfast buffet.

Both hotels are located in the heart of downtown Peoria and offer plenty of on-location parking. The hotels are also an 11-minute walk from the Peoria Riverfront Museum.

The property offers a lounge bar and bistro serving Starbucks coffee and a high-end American restaurant, as well as an indoor pool, whirlpool tub, and 24-hour fitness center. There’s also a business center, laundry facilities, and free parking.

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