EAST PEORIA (HOI) - Friday is the first night of Anime Zap 2020.
The convention at East Peoria's Embassy Suites brings together fans of anime. That's the popular term for Japanese animation.
One organizer tells us the first local convention started here in 2010 and they have seen participation grow significantly every year.
One dad we talked to said this is his first convention like this, but he wanted to come along with his daughter.
"I think it's really important to you know, when your child has an interest in something, to be supportive and it's been a great environment here for that to see all the creativity," said Justin Davis.
Davis said it turned out to be a great family activity.
His daughter Lily was even more excited to see how the convention is turning out, "It's really fun so far, the progression of this con has gotten way bigger, there's been way more stuff that happens, it's a really nice con overall."
The convention runs through Sunday at 6:00 p.m.