Wednesday, August 23, 2017

2017 Pekin Marigold Festival Chalk Walk!

Thank you NRG Powerton Generating Station for sponsoring the 2017 Pekin Marigold Festival Chalk Walk!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

2017 Pekin Marigold Festival Freaky Fast Pitch

Thank you Jimmy Johns for sponsoring the 2017 Pekin Marigold Festival Freaky Fast Pitch!

Monday, August 21, 2017

2017 Pekin Marigold Festival Kids Experience!

Thank you Big R of Pekin for sponsoring the 2017 Pekin Marigold Festival Kids Experience!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

2017 Pekin Marigold Festival Carnival!

Thank you Commerce Bank for sponsoring the 2017 Pekin Marigold Festival Carnival!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Friday, August 18, 2017

Envirosafe Refrigerants CelebrityTent!

Thank you EnviroSafe Refrigerants for sponsoring the 2017 Pekin Marigold Festival Celebrity Tent!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

CEFCU Soda Stations

Thank you CEFCU for sponsoring the 2017 Pekin Marigold Festival Soda Stations!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Pekin Community Bank Festival Showcase Stage

Thank you Pekin Community Bank for sponsoring the 2017 Pekin Marigold Festival Showcase Stage!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Hope Tilstra Named 2017 Miss Marigold

PCHS Senior Hope Tilstra was named the 2017 Miss Marigold Queen at the Miss Marigold Pageant on Saturday, August 12 at F.M. Petersen Theater.  She became the 42nd festival queen since the pageant began in 1973.  She will receive a $2,500 scholarship from the Marigold Festival Committee.

Fourth runner-up  was Katie Curtis; third runner-up was Haley Galyean; second runner-up and winner of a $250 scholarship was Danielle Tyler; and, first runner-up and winner of a $500 scholarship was Diana Beecham.

Macey Brown won the Community Service Award, and Heather Stone was voted Miss Congeniality by the contestants.  The 11-member court also included Kayli Ogle, Rachel Bresnahan, Laura Nienheuser, and Autumn Hyatt.

All eleven young ladies are great representatives of the Pekin community.

More pictures from the pageant area available at:  Special thanks to Bill Homel, our official pageant photographer, for the great pictures he has posted here:

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Miss Marigold Pageant Sponsors

Thank you to all the sponsors of the 2017 Miss Marigold Pageant!

Jackson Heating & Air Conditioning
Dr. Jeff Stoller, DDS
Dr. David Woodruff, DDS
Tazewell County Farm Bureau
Deuce Development Corp
Velde Cadillac Buick GMC
Teresa Mack BeachBody
Greenhouse Flower Shoppe
Salon Renaissance
POGO Marketing
Vonderheide Floor Coverings
Pekin Villas of HollyBrook and Reflections
Preston Hanley Funeral Homes and Crematory
Sadler's Hair Center
Tazewell Machine Works
Patricia Mingus Photography
Super Sports
KDL Machining
Dean Cooper State Farm Agency
Hair by Tavie Davis
CJ's Cafe
Classical Dance Academy
Classy Girl Boutique
JL Hubbard Insurance and Bonds
Neal Family Chiropractic
Steger's Furniture
Excel Foundry
Schwartz Electric Co.

Miss Marigold Pageant

Join us on Saturday, August 12th at 7:00 pm for the 2017 Miss Marigold Pageant! Tickets are available at the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce office at 402 Court Street.
*not pictured Kayli Ogle

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Bode Named Marigold Grand Marshal

Brett Bode was named the Grand Marshal of the 2017 Pekin Marigold Festival.  2017 Festival Chairperson Brigitte Gard made the announcement at the June 13th Kiwanis Club of Pekin meeting where Bode is a member.  You can see more pictures from this event at:  You can also read the Pekin Daily Times story at:

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

CHiPs star Erik Estrada coming to the 2017 Pekin Marigold Festival!

CHiPs star Erik Estrada coming to the 2017 Pekin Marigold Festival!

The Pekin Marigold Festival proudly welcomes Erik Estrada as our 2017 Guest Celebrity to help us celebrate the festival theme: “Marigolds on Patrol”.  Erik will be joining us on Saturday and Sunday of the festival, September 9th and 10th and his schedule will be announced as the festival draws near.  The Marigold Festival committee members are pleased to honor the local police departments and the service that they provide with the “Marigolds on Patrol” theme.
Erik Estrada captured the hearts of millions of fans world-wide as a result of his six year run starring as highway patrol officer Frank Poncherello in the highly successful television series, CHiPs. Also appearing in numerous other television and motion picture roles, the role he most prefers and enjoys is that of a role model to millions of children throughout the world. 
Erik was raised in New York City’s Spanish Harlem by his beloved Grandfather who provided him with parental guidance and lessons of honor and integrity that Erik has carried with him throughout his life.  His first real acting break came in 1970 when actor/director Don Murray selected him to star as a streetwise character opposite Pat Boone in the true story, The Cross and the Switchblade film that is still shown every week at about 500 youth centers across the country because of its powerful anti-drug and life-changing message. Following that film, important roles soon followed in such classic films as The New Centurions, Airport '75 and Midway, and as a guest star in virtually every top dramatic television series of the time; but being cast as “Ponch” in CHiPs, one of the biggest hit shows of the late 70's and early 80's, made Erik Estrada an international household name and the "King of Hunkdom".  Erik’s career spans over forty years with too many films and guest spots to list!
When Erik received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, he proudly dedicated it to all the women and men in law enforcement. He continues to be a great supporter of police officer organizations throughout the world; because of this continual interest and commitment, he was able to fulfill one of his childhood dreams by becoming a reserve police officer for the Muncie, Indiana Police Department and a deputy sheriff in Bedford County, Virginia. 
Erik is a national spokesperson for Safe Surfin’ Foundation which is dedicated to educating the public about Internet crimes involving children. He has been recognized by the Department of Justice and the US Marshall Service for his dedication and service to protecting children from sexual predators on the internet. Through his continual dedication, Erik has been instrumental in educating people across the country on the importance of cars seats for all children, the dangers of drugs and the real dilemma facing our children, internet predators.  He lends his support to other charitable causes such as CHiPs for Kids, Cops for Tots, the Thalians, March of Dimes, United Way, Susan G. Komen, Aids LA, Walk to Erase MS and Standup for Skate Parks.
Off-screen, Erik prides himself as a home handyman who is constantly enhancing things around the Hollywood Hills home where he and his wife, Nanette reside with their daughter, Francesca.  He is also the father of two grown sons, Anthony and Brandon.  Erik works hard at everything he does, but is known as a committed husband, father and family man and a true professional in his craft.

We look forward to having Erik Estrada at the 2017 Pekin Marigold Festival with “Marigolds on Patrol”!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Parade Winners

Congratulations to the award winners in the 2016 Pekin Marigold Festival Parade Sponsored by Busey Bank:

  • Fist Baptist Church - Busey Bank Traveling Trophy
  • New Beginnings Fellowship in Christ - Busey Bank Parade Sponsor Award
  • Pekin Hospital - Chamber President's Award
  • First Pekin Savings Bank - Grand Marshal's Award
  • Pekin Insurance - Festival Chairman's Award
  • Artistic Community Theater - 2016 Miss Marigold Queen's Award

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Marigold Mug Shot

Weather Update: Art in the Park / Civic Collage

As of 3pm today, Art in the Park and Civic Collage vendors will not be able to drive vehicles off of paved surfaces and up to their booths for loading and set-up on Friday.  It is also extremely doubtful vendors will be able to drive to their booths on Saturday morning, especially if we receive the rain that is in the forecast for Friday.

If we don't get the forecasted rain, there is a chance vendors will be able drive to their booth for load out on Sunday night.

We recognize that this will be a challenge for some of our vendors, and we appreciate your patience and understanding as we deal with Mother Nature.

Please be sure to check-in before setting up your booth.

Thursday Night Marigold Events

As of 3:00pm today, the weather is not expected to impact tonight's events. 

The Commerce Bank Carnival is scheduled to be open for bracelet night as scheduled...5:30 to 9:30pm.

Also, the Dogs on a Catwalk begins at 6pm (registration starts at 5:30pm) near Dog Park in Mineral Springs Park.

And the Marigold Wine Tasting runs from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at Pekin Country Club.  Tickets are $10.

Marigold Festival Parking

Parking can sometimes be a challenge during the Marigold Festival.  The year parking will be even more of a challenge.  With all of the heavy rain, many of the fields that were used for parking will not be available - they are soggy with a lot of standing water. 

Paved parking is available in the Arena parking lot and the lot immediately east of the Park Admin building. 

The large parking lot between Coal Car Drive and Pavilion Road is for handicap parking only.  Only vehicles with official handicap placards will be allowed to park in this lot.

There will be parking for vendor trailers in the field off Stadium Drive near Parkway Drive. 

And, Pekin Insurance has made their parking lot on the corner of Parkway and Broadway available to public parking on Saturday and Sunday.

Shuttle buses provided by Peoria Limousine will make continues stops at all of these parking lots from 8am to 6pm on Saturday and 8am to 5pm on Sunday.

Festive Food Weather Update

Due to the heavy rain this morning, and the anticipated additional rain, the Pekin Insurance Festive Food Court will be moved east, down Royal Avenue near the Royal Avenue picnic shelter.  All of the food vendors (except the popcorn stand) will be moved to this new area.  The load-in will actually be much easier for our food vendors.  All food vendors need to meet with Josh at the Royal Avenue picnic shelter (before setting up) for their assigned space.

Again, we appreciate everyone's patience and understanding as we deal with Mother Nature.   

Thursday Morning Marigold Festival Weather Update

Mineral Springs Park received nearly 2-inches of rain overnight, leaving several areas of the park with deep standing water.  Additional rain, sometimes heavy, is expected through Friday night.  As of right now NO VEHICLES WILL BE ALLOWED OFF OF THE PAVED SURFACES IN MINERAL SPRINGS PARK.  This includes Art in the Park, Kids Experience, Civic Collage, Festive Foods and all grass parking areas. 

The Marigold Festival Committee will meet this afternoon to discuss options for events that will be affected by the heavy rain.  We know many vendors and the public have questions.  We will post more information here as it becomes available.

We appreciate everyone's patience and understanding.  Despite Mother Nature's best efforts we will stay focused on our goal - to host a safe and fun Pekin Marigold Festival.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Parade Line Up

Here is the line up for the 2016 Pekin Marigold Festival Parade, sponsored by Busey Bank.

1 Pekin Police Department
2 Tazewell County Sheriff's Office
3 Pekin Firefighter's Color Guard
4 Tazewell County Ceremonial Team
5 Busey Bank - Parade Sponsor
6 Marigold Festival Grand Marshal Judith Streid
7 Pekin Community High School Marching Dragons
8 PCHS Cheerleaders
9 Miss Marigold - Jordan Finneran
10 Miss Marigold 1st & 2nd runner up
10 Miss Marigold Court
10 Miss Marigold Court 
10 Miss Marigold Court
10 Miss Marigold Court
11 Marigold Festival Chairmen - Jeff Lange
12 Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce President - John Franks
13 Pepsi Marigold Medallion Hunt Winner - Christie Gray
14 Pekin Mayor John McCabe
15 Pekin Fire Department & Pekin City Councilmen
16 Marigold Festival Celebrity Guest - Lee Smith
17 Ray Dennison Chevrolet
18 Pekin Community Softball Association
19 Pekin Lette's Softball
20 Mid Illini Bandits 14 & Under
21 Broadmoor Cheer & Poms
22 Pekin Junior High Band
23 Edison Jr. High Cheer & Poms
24 Timbercreek Rehab. & Health Care
26 Brady's Carpet Cleaners
27 Friends in Harmony
28 Aerial Athletics
29 Commerce Bank
30 Tazewell County Medical Society
31 Trinity Lutheran Church
32 Crimestoppers
33 Midwest Central High School Band
34 Pekin Police Explorer Post 400
35 U. S. Army Recruiting
36 New Beginnings Fellowship in Christ
37 Faith Baptist Christian School
38 Porter Electric  
39 The Haunted Infirmary  
40 Schaeferville Fire Protection District
41 Bridgeway Community Church
42 Bethel #55 Pekin Job's Daughters
43 Pekin Lions Club
44 City Church
45 Pekin Park District School of Tumbling/Cheer/Dance
46 Midwest Central Middle School Band
47 Goodwill of Central Illinois
48 Living Alternatives Pregnancy Resource Center
49 Bond Eye Associates
50 Farmers Insurance
51 God and Country Independent Baptist
52 Pekin Amateur Hockey Association
53 Tazewell County Democrats
54 Squad Monkeys Customs
55 Maloof…ing For a Cure / Jim Maloof Realtors
56 Pekin Knights of Columbus
57 John Evans Supportive Living
58 Little Mr. & Miss Marigold - Baby Miss 8 mo. & 9 to18 mo.
59 Little Mr. & Miss Marigold - Baby Mr. & Tiny Mr. Marigold
60 Little Mr. & Miss Marigold - Tiny Miss & Petite Miss Marigold
61 Little Mr. & Miss Marigold - Little Mr. & Little Miss Marigold
62 Little Mr. & Miss Marigold - Junior Miss & Teen Miss Marigold
63 Little Mr. & Miss Marigold - Pre-teen Miss Marigold & Lifetime Queen
64 Little Mr. & Miss Marigold - Overall Supreme Winner
65 Beverly Manor Junior High School Band
66 Miss Tremont
67 American Patriot Tree Services
68 Dragon Aquatics
69 Big City Shuttles
70 Tazewell County Republicans
71 Big R

73 Girl Scout Troop 4687
74 Girl Scout Troop 4185
75 Girl Scout Troop 4635
76 Girl Scout Troop 4414
77 First Baptist Church
78 Kiddos Kloset Resale Shop
79 Good Shepherd Lutheran School
80 Hair Cuttery
81 Manual Academy Band
82 Pekin Cub Scouts
83 Pekin Hospital
84 Rankin Junior High Cheer
85 Tazewell County 4-H Queen
86 Fides Chapter - Demolay
87 Cumulus Media - WFYR Nash FM - 97.3
88 The HOPE Chest
89 Abbas Grotto Fire Patrol
90 Artistic Community Theatre of Pekin
91 Coryell Remodeling
92 Pekin Motorcycle Club
93 First Pekin Savings Bank
94 PCHS Noteables Show Choir
95 Pekin Insurance
96 Regis Corporation
97 Enjoy Peoria / Peoria Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
98 Roanoke-Benson High School Band
99 Pekin Paintball Park
100 Heroes, Inc.
101 Kuk Sool Won of Pekin
102 Tazewell Humane Society
103 Paddy O'Flaherty's
104 Pekin Relay for Life
105 Cumulus media - WGLO 95.5
106 Pekin Public Library
107 St. Jude Pekin To Peoria Run
108 Sprint @ Radio Shack 
109 Midas Auto Service Experts
110 Washington Middle School Marching Panthers
111 Hallmark House Nursing Center
112 Cricket Wireless
113 Peoria Prowlers Roller Derby
114 WBNH
115 All American Siding, Windows & Doors
116 Town & Country Baptist Church
117 Women's Association of the Pekin Marine Corps League
118 Jimbo's Jumbo
119 Advanced Media Partners
120 WXCL 104.9 The Wolf / Alpha Media
121 Advanced Medical Transport
122 Pekin Boys & Girls Club
123 Liberty Village of Pekin / Pekin Manor & Pekin Estates
124 Advantage Auto Sales
125 Cumulus Media - WIXO 105.7 The X
126 Carpenters Local 237
127 Millwright Local Union 1051
Jerry Berardi
Classical Dance Academy
129 Dreamscapes Landscaping
130 South Pekin Fire Department
131 Cumulus Media WZPW - Peoria's 92.3
132 Nolan Heitzman
133 Randy Stauthammer
134 Parkin Farms Pulling Team
135 Central Illinois Tumbling & Trampoline

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Q & A Session with Lee Smith brought to you by Ray Dennison Chevrolet

Thank you to Ray Dennison Chevrolet for sponsoring the 2016 Marigold Festival Q & A Session with Lee Smith.

Mr. Smith will be answering questions on Saturday, September 10th from 1:00pm - 1:30pm at the Pavilion.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Cruise In Presented by Midas Auto Service Experts

Thank you to Midas Auto Service Experts for sponsoring the 2016 Marigold Festival Cruise In!!

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Saturday, September 3, 2016

UnityPoint Health Golf Cart Sponsor

Special thanks to UnityPoint Health for being our 2016 Marigold Festival Golf Cart Sponsor.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Carnival Moved

Due to the soggy conditions in Mineral Springs Park, and the concern about potentially more rain before the festival, the Commerce Bank Carnival will be moved this year to the paved parking lot behind the Pekin Park District Administration Building.  Many people still refer to this as the old pool lot.  This will also require closing parts of Coal Car Drive and Recreation Drive north of the Administration Building.

Vehicles that used to park in the old pool lot can now park in the grass of ball diamonds 4 & 5 where the carnival would have been located.  At this point that area can handle vehicle parking but would not be able to support the weight of the carnival vehicles.

Two shuttle busses sponsored by Peoria Limousine Company and Pekin/Peoria Yellow Checker Cab will run continuously from 8:00am to 6:00pm, Saturday and Sunday stopping at posted locations.

Jimmy Johns Family Disc Golf Tournament

Visit Plastic Addicts Event Page to register for the 2016 Jimmy Johns Family Disc Golf Tournament. 

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Run With The Saints 5K Run

5K Race/Walk                                                      
Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 7:30 am
And Kids (10 and under)1/4 Fun Run    
Course: Paved Bike Trail at Pekin’s Coal Miners Park


REGISTRATION: Make checks payable to: St. Joseph School. 

Mail or drop off to St. Joseph School, 600 South 6th Street, Pekin, IL 61554
$20.00 for race entries postmarked before September 3rd   
$25.00 after September 3rd and race day registration at Coal Miners Park from 6:30 - 7:15 am (T-Shirt not guaranteed)
$10.00 for Youth 16 & Under; No charge for Kids Fun Run (Not T-shirts for Kids Fun Run)

Ribbons will be awarded to all Fun Runners

Questions: or (309) 347-71

Please no animals during the race.

Packet pick-ups will be available on race day

Get more info and download the registration form here:

South Side Bank Art In The Park

The 2016 Marigold Festival South Side Bank Art in the Park will be held Saturday, September 10th & Sunday, September 11th. We are no longer accepting applications for the 2016 festival, but to be put on a list for next years application packet, email or call 309-346-2106.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

CEFCU Soda Station

The 2016 commemorative CEFCU Marigold Mugs are now available! You can pick them up now at the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce, 402 Court St., Pekin, or you can find them at the CEFCU Soda Stations!

Pekin Insurance Festive Food Court

The Marigold Festival takes great pride in offering the food concessions to nonprofit organizations. For many of these groups, this is their biggest fund raising event of the year. Most of the Festive Food booths are located in Mineral Springs Park, across Pavilion Road between the pavilion and ball diamond #1.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Pekin Hospital First Aid Tent

Special thanks to Pekin Hospital for providing the festival with a First Aid Tent!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest sponsored by NRG Powerton Generating Station

Commerce Bank Carnival Wristbands

The Commerce Bank Carnival will be open on:
  • Thursday, September 8th, 5:30pm to 9:30pm (Wristband Night)
  • Friday, September 9th, 5:00pm to 11:00pm
  • Saturday, September 10th, 11:00am to 11:00pm
  • Sunday, September 11th, 11:00am to 5:00pm

Regular ticket prices for the entire festival are $1.25 per ticket or a family pack of 20 tickets for $20.  All rides take at least two tickets.

Wristband's for Thursday (unlimited rides between 5:30pm and 9:30pm) are $20 per person.

Thanks to C.D.A.C., Inc. we have a limited number of wristband vouchers for sale for $15.  These are available at the chamber office until 4pm on Wednesday, September 7th or until they are gone (whichever comes first).  The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce is located at 402 Court Street and is open from 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday (closed on Labor Day).

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Commerce Bank Carnival

The 2016 Marigold Festival Commerce Bank Carnival will be operating on the following schedule:

Thursday, September 8th - 5:30pm - 9:30pm Bracelet Night
Friday, September 9th - 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Saturday, September 10th - 11:00am - 11:00pm
Sunday, September 11th - 11:00am - 5:00pm

Friday, August 26, 2016

Marigold Festival Parade Sponsored by Busey Bank

Come enjoy the 2016 Marigold Festival Parade brought to you by Busey Bank! The parade will begin Saturday, September 10th at 10:00 am! 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

EnviroSafe Celebrity Tent

Come out on Saturday, September 10th, to meet Lee Smith at the EnviroSafe Celebrity Tent. Lee Smith will be signing autographs from 2:00pm - 5:00pm.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Pekin Community Bank Showcase Stage

Come out to the 2016 Pekin Marigold Festival September 10th and 11th and enjoy all the live entertainment taking place at the Pekin Community Showcase Stage!!!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Women's Marigold Golf Outing

Forty-two players were up on Saturday morning for the Women's Marigold Golf Outing.  You can see pictures of all the players and the results at:

Monday, August 15, 2016

Subway Miss Marigold Pageant Rehearsal

Thanks to Bill Homel for these great pictures from Friday night's rehearsal for the Subway Miss Marigold Pageant.  You can see them here:

Monday, August 1, 2016

Tickets for the Subway Miss Marigold Pageant now Available

Tickets for the 2016 Subway Miss Marigold Pageant are available at the Chamber office. Tickets are $10 each.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Parade was on Perfect Weekend!

The weather cooperated with the Marigold Festival theme of "Pickin' the Perfect Weekend" and large crowds were out to watch nearly 130 entries in the Marigold Festival Parade sponsored by Busey Bank.  You can see pictures of some of the entries at: