Thursday, March 13, 2014

2014 Pekin Marigold Grand Marshal Nominations Now Being Accepted

The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for Grand Marshal of the 2014 Pekin Marigold Festival. This annual honor is presented by the Marigold Festival Committee to recognize a local resident (or couple) who has given freely to the betterment of our community. For more information click here.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

2014 Marigold Festival Theme / Celebrity Announced

            You can expect to see plenty of camouflage at the 2014 Pekin Marigold Festival. Drawing upon one of cable TV’s most popular shows, and Pekin’s unique history of river sports, the Marigold Festival committee announced the theme of the 2014 festival will be “Marigold Dynasty.”

            The festival committee also announced the festival’s celebrity guest will be Tim Guraedy, better known as Mountain Man on A & E’s Duck Dynasty.

            “Our committee is very excited about the possibilities of this year’s theme,” said Greg Ranney, chairman of the Marigold Festival Committee. 

            “With our rich river history, the P.S. Olt duck calls, local decoy carvers, Pekin Reels, and a tie to television’s hottest show, we think our festival will be very popular,” Ranney said.

            Duck Dynasty star Tim Guraedy is best known to the show’s millions of hard-core fans as Mountain Man, the slow-talking air conditioning repairman/radio host who is a neighbor to the Robertsons, the Louisiana family that made a fortune from its best-selling duck calls, and around which the show is based.

            Mountain Man is the only semi-regular cast member who is not a Robertson family member or employee of Duck Commander.

            Duck Dynasty has become A&E’s most-watched series in the network’s history. The February 27, 2013 two-episode Season 3 premier tallied 8.6 million viewers, making it the most-watched telecast in network history.

            Guraedy lives in Monroe, LA, the small town made famous by Duck Dynasty and Duck Commander. Guraedy’s weekly radio show on local station Z107.5, Big Z Country has become popular all over the globe, with people tuning in via the Internet to hear Mountain Man’s delightful mix of common sense, sports, music – and usually a Bible verse or two.

            The Marigold Festival committee is still finalizing plans, but anticipates Mountain Man will ride in the parade and be available for autographs and photographs during the festival weekend. This is a formula that has worked well for the festival in recent years.

            “People from all over central Illinois have really enjoyed the opportunity to meet our celebrities,” said Ranney.

            Last year Daniel Logan and Tom Kane were the guest celebrities. They both have ties to the Stars Wars movies. Other memorable celebrities who have made a Marigold appearance included actress Cindy Williams, actors Jerry Maren and James Best, and William “The Refrigerator” Perry.    
            The committee is working with the local chapter of Duck’s Unlimited to host an antique duck decoy and duck call display in the Mineral Springs Park Pavilion. They also hope to coordinate a duck calling contest on the Mineral Springs Park lagoon.

            Pekin’s duck calling roots run very deep. In 1904, the P.S. Olt company was founded in the Pekin area, and their duck and goose calls became arguably the most popular call models of all time. Due to Philip S. Olt’s innovation and the popularity of his calls, he is considered the "Father" of the manufactured call.

            “I’m anxious to see the Marigold Dynasty theme carried throughout the festival, especially in the parade,” said Ranney.

            The Pekin Marigold Festival was first held in 1973 as a way to honor one of Pekin's favorite sons, Senator Everett Dirksen. While in Congress, Dirksen championed the cause to make the marigold the national floral emblem. While unsuccessful in his efforts, his hometown of Pekin soon became known as the Marigold Capital of the World. 

            A dedicated group of volunteers serve on the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce’s Marigold Festival committee. They work year-round to plan and organize the annual community festival.

            The Pekin Marigold Festival is always the first weekend after Labor Day. The 2014 festival will be on September 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th. 

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Pekin Marigold Run With The Saints 5K Results


PEKIN MARIGOLD RUN WITH THE SAINTS 5K, SEPT. 7TH

 

NAME                                     AGE            GENDER               TIME

Andy Bloom                           27               M                         17:46

Jeff Rebholz                            48               M                         17:50

David Nordhielm                   46               M                         18:06

Kathy Hoving                         37               F                           19:25

John Riley                               47               M                         19:52

Larry Halstrom                       46               M                         20:38

Jader Samer                           39               M                         21:12

Quinn Theleritis                     13               M                         21:23

Anthony Horinek                   42               M                         21:40

Carey Weaver                        54               M                         21:51

Jesse Golden                          11               M                         22:22

Andrew Carlson                     18               M                         22:41

Alex Kula                                10               M                         22:42

Sami Curtis                             11               F                           22:43

Matt Balagna                         38               M                         22:46

Tony Richardson                    44               M                         22:53

Jared Head                             12               M                         22:55

Crystal Kyle                            49               F                           23:49

Nick Allen                               34               M                         23:50

Jerry Kolb                               50               M                         23:50.18

Brandon Burling                     31               M                         23:55

Alicia Grabo                           25               F                           24:11

Mark Wertz                            56               M                         24:12

Diane Legaspi                         57               F                           24:13

Rick Towery                           41               M                         24:35

Isaac Finnegan                       22               M                         24:58

Holly Payne                            45               F                           25:04

Christy Clarkson                     43               F                           25:06

Dan Bajic                                58               M                         25:25

Chad Turner                           31               M                         25:26

Jona McDermaid                   52               F                           25:47

Aaron Evens                           31               M                         26:05

Jayna Riley                             13               F                           26:20

Joe Hunt                                 45               M                         26:24

Heather Ferro                        39               F                           26:48

Josh Barnes                            11               M                         27:16

Greg Blunier                           44               M                         27:25

Kim Moore                             48               F                           27:33

Angie Bennett                        36               F                           27:34

Marc Godwin                         37               M                         27:51

Anthony Heskett                   9                 M                         27:57

Sheryl Salisbury                     57               F                           27:58

Mason Nauman                     10               M                         28:03

Jennifer Riley                         40               F                           28:04

Mike Flier                               40               M                         28:13

Kelly Cone                              52               F                           28:26

Melissa Kendrick                   32               F                           28:34

Bobbi Mullis                           41               F                           28:35

Tori Hunt                                20               F                           28:36

Hannah Finnegan                  20               F                           28:41

Judy Kemper                          61               F                           28:42

Chris Mullis                            41               M                         28:42

Terry Finnegan                       56               M                         28:54

Wendy Colluson                    36               F                           29:35

Billie Moore                           47               M                         29:46

Darla Lapage                          40               F                           29:48

Jim Buster                              60               M                         29:55

Mark Oltman                         57               M                         30:17

Dan Fitzgerald                        28               M                         30:20

Shelby Martin                        25               F                           30:25

Charles Wyman                     6                 M                         32:47

Gene Wyman                         36               M                         33:02

Krissa Kendrick                      35               F                           33:43

Alyson Balagna                      11               F                           34:11

Angela Grabo                         9                 F                           34:23

Brady Sevier                           15               M                         34:24

Tally Sevier                             16               F                           34:29

Michelle Valentine                38               F                           34:41

Nancy Heaton                        59               F                           36:21

Brett Haning                           42               M                         38:59

Stephanie Vogel                    38               F                           39:21

Debbie Finnegan                   57               F                           39:56

Beth Sharpe                           51               F                           45:00

Chris Grabo                            61               M                         45:02

Mary A Moore                       74               F                           47:24

Lisa Qualls                              53               F                           54:25

Linda Morrison                      64               F                           54:31

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Parade Winners

Congratulations to the following organizations which were recognized for their entries in the 2013 Pekin Marigold Festival Parade sponsored by Herget Bank:

Herget Bank Sponsors Award:  Pekin First Church of God - "Ewoks with Me"

Chamber President's Award:  Cub Scout Pack 87

Grand Marshal's Choice Award:  Tazewell County Farm Bureau

Festival Chairman's Choice Award:  Liberty Village

Miss Marigold Queen's Choice Award:  New Beginnings Fellowship Church

Herget Bank Traveling Trophy:  Pekin First Church of God "Ewoks with Me"

Monday, September 9, 2013

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The 2013 Marigold Festival Parade sponsored by Herget Bank is this Saturday, September 7th, at
10:00am. Parade entries should line-up on Broadway, between Parkway and 14th before 9:30am. The parade route goes down Broadway, turns right on Court Street, past the Courthouse, then left on Capital where the parade ends.

You can see the line-up below or download the line-up here: http://www.pekinchamber.com/images/Marigold13/ParadeLineUp.pdf


Line up # Title Type
1 Pekin Police Dept. Car
2 Tazewell County Sheriffs Dept. Car
3 Pekin Firefighter's Color Guard  7 walkers
4 Tazewell County Ceremonial Team 3 trucks/4 or more walkers
5 2013 Marigold Parade Sponsor Herget Bank  Car
6 Herget Bank NA Truck & 50 walkers
7 Pekin Community High School Marching Dragons BAND /poms & flags
8 Pekin High School Cheerleaders 2 cars & 50 walkers
9 Marigold Parade Grand Marshal - Car
10 Miss Marigold - Car
11 Miss Marigold Court  3 cars
12 Marigold Festival Chairman - Shannon Tebben - Sandoval Truck
13 Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce President - Tom Hornstein Car
14 Marigold Medallion Winner - Car
15 Pekin Mayor - Laurie Barra & family Car
16 City of Pekin Officials  Fire truck
17 104.9 The Wolf Float w/6 walkers
18 Festival Special Guest 501st Legion Car & 20 walkers
19 Festival Special Guest ( voice of Jedi Master YODA) Tom Kane (car) w/2 walkers
20 Festival Special Guest (Boba Fett from Star Wars) Daniel Logan  (car)
21 Papa Murphy's Pizza 2-4 walkers
22 Tazewell Animal Protection Society Walkers w/dogs
23 Pekin Junior High Band  Band
24 Broadmoor & Edison Jr. High Spirit Squad Car & 35 walkers
25 Hackman Family Dancers Dancers
26 Wildlife Prairie Park Van with Elk atop
27 Pekin Hospital 30 walkers
28 WCIC Radio Station van & 20 walkers
29 Dragon Aquatics Swim Team 40 to 50 walkers
30 International Order of Rainbow Girls Walkers
31 Three Sisters Park Hearse & walkers
32 Morton Terrace/Morton Villa Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center Float /15 walkers
33 Facet Computers/Nerds on Call Truck & 10 walkers
34 Heart of Illinois Down Syndrome Association Truck w/20 walkers
35 Hallmark House Nursing Center Float & antique car w/6-7 walkers
36 Peoria Mothers of Twins 20 to 30 walkers
37 Town & Country Baptist Church Float 10-25 walkers
38 Lighthouse Church of God Float w/10 walkers
39 Midwest Central H.S.  Band
40 Miss Tremont 2013 McKenzie Behrens Convertible
41 Pet Supplies Plus 4 wheeler w/wagon, dogs & 6 walkers
42 Max Rittenhouse Off road vehicle
43 Boy Scout Troop 62 20-25 walkers
44 Little Mr. & Miss Pageant Car 1 Baby Miss & Baby Mr. Marigold
45 Little Mr. & Miss Pageant Car 2 Tiny Miss & Tiny Mr. Marigold
46 Little Mr. & Miss Pageant Car 3 Petite Miss & Petite Mr. Marigold
47 Little Mr. & Miss Pageant Car 4 Little Miss & Little Mr. Marigold
48 Little Mr. & Miss Pageant Car 5 Jr. Miss & Pre-teen Miss Marigold
49 Little Mr. & Miss Pageant Car 5 Teen Miss & Overall Supreme 
50 Manito Classic Car & Tractor Museum Antique car
51 Pekin Main Street Antique Auto
52 Ron Kramer Antique Auto
53 National Rental Tractor/Pekin Wagon
54 Area 52 Paintball & Canoe Rental Float
55 Pekin Insurance Truck w/8-10 walkers
56 Schaefer Fire Department Fire truck w/8-10 walkers
57 Washington Middle School BAND 
58 Jazzercise Float
59 Scherer's Mini Storage - Tattered Treasures Float tractor & wagon
60 John Evans Supportive Living Center Van w/6 walkers
61 Pekin First Church of God Float w/10 to 12 walkers
62 South Pekin Fire Dept. Fire truck
63 Dreamscapes Landscapes Dump Truck
64 Cub Scout Pack 87 Float /40 walkers
65 Trouble Free  Car with mascot
66 Family Video 10 - 12 Walkers
67 United Youth in Action 60 walkers
68 Kuku Solo Won of Pekin 20 walkers
69 Midwest Central M.S.  Band
70 Appliance Depot Truck w/6 to 8 walkers
71 Suzan Tisdale (Author) Car w/ 15 walkers
72 Haunted Infirmary Float w/20 walkers
73 Walgreens Float 
74 Fraternal Order of the Eagles 2 vehicles w/ 15 walkers
75 Pekin Community Softball Association 100 walkers
76 Cub Scout Pack & Boy Scout Troop 181 30 to 40 walkers
77 Wink's Iron Lot & Fitness Jeep w/10 to 15 walkers
78 Miss Springfield Scholarship Pageant Car
79 Auxiliary to the Pekin Firefighter's Local 524 Antique fire truck w/30 walkers
80 Girl Scouts of Central Illinois 110 walkers
81 Georgetown M.S. Band & Flags
82 Good Shepherd Lutheran School Antique Auto w/75 walkers
83 Good Shepherd Lutheran Pre-School Float w/ 50 walkers
84 Bethel #55 Pekin Job's Daughters Walkers
85 St. Joseph Catholic School/Cheer squad Marching unit 13 walkers
86 Tazewell County Farm Bureau Float
87 Marquette Heights Men's Club Float w/15 walkers
88 Pekin's Top Dog Pageant Winner TBA
89 Pekin Winter Wonderland Festival Car w/4 walkers
90 Pekin Park District School of Gym/Dance & Cheer Float w/100+ walkers
91 Pekin Mobile Diner Vehicle w/ 3 walkers
92 Professional Therapy Services Vehicle w/ 4 walkers
93 USA All Star Academy Float w/20 - 30 walkers
94 Pekin Paintball Park Truck & Trailer w/ 4 walkers
95 Senator Dave Koehler & Tazewell County Democrats Political Float w/10 walkers
96 Beverly Manor Jr. High Band
97 Freedom Now (POW/MIA) Van & Trailer
98 Pekin Knights of Columbus 2006 BMW, Z24  w/? Walkers
99 Tazewell County 4H (queen) Car w/rider
100 Nolan Heitzman Tractor
101 Dungeon of Darkness Haunted House 16 walkers
102 Coryell Remodeling Truck & trailer w/ 6 walkers
103 Robert K. Bresnahan Memorial Car & Motorcycle Show 7 or 8 Antique autos w/2 walkers
104 Illinois Ghost Seekers Society Antique auto w/ 12 walkers
105 Liberty Village of Pekin Float w/35 walkers
106 River of Life Church Truck w/3 walkers
107 Manual Academy BAND
108 Crimestoppers Police Car - Mustang w/ 6 walkers
109 Brandy's Mystical Inspiration Dance Studio Float w/ 10 walkers
110 Cincinnati Fire Protection District 2 Fire trucks
111 Pekin Quarterback Club Float
112 Salon Renaissance Marching unit
113 Tazewell County Republicans Antique Fire truck & trolley w/ 10 walkers
114 Big R Float w/10 walkers
115 Pekin Lions Club Float
116 Pekin First Church of the Nazarene - Scouting Program Church van w/ 60 walkers
117 Covenant Heating Air & Plumbing Float w/5 walkers
118 Jim Maloof Realtor/Maloofing for a Cure Float w/20 walkers
119 District #108 Suzuki Strings Float w/violin players
120 Pekin Lady Saints Girls Fastpitch Softball & Lady Bombers Float w/13 walkers
121 New Beginnings Fellowship Church Float w/15 walkers
122 Tea Party Political w/10-12 walkers
123 Advance America Float w/6-8 walkers
124 Classical Dance Academy Float w/ 60 walkers
125 Lawns R Us Antique auto w2 mowers & 2 walkers
126 Pregnancy Resource Center 30 walkers
127 Central Illinois Endoscopy Center Float w. 20 walkers
128 Faith Baptist Christian School Float w/20 walkers
129 Dale Sandrock Antique Car
130 Central Illinois Tumbling & Trampoline Semi, flatbed, P.U. w/sm.trailer 20 walkers
131 The Hope Chest Float w/15 walkers
132 Rockin "R" Ranch 2 horses