From noon to 6 p.m., people enjoyed ethnic food, music and dancing. The German holiday dates back to medieval times and marks the arrival of spring. The Peoria German American Society says events like this are needed to keep their culture alive.
"It is good to remember and promote really good things about one's ethnic group," said Allan Hedeman, chairman of the event.
This was only the third year, "Maifest" was held in Peoria. The Peoria German-American Association will host another event, Summer Fest, in June.