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:  http://picasaweb.google.com/PekinChamber

Monday, September 14, 2015

Marigold Festival Pictures

You can check out some pictures from the Pekin Marigold festival at:  http://picasaweb.google.com/PekinChamber

NRG Chalk Art Winners

Congratulations to everyone who participated. The numbers indicate which sidewalk "square" they were working on.

Grand Prize: Katelyn Pruitt (9)
Best in Show: Sara Poynter (5)
Best in Theme: Gabrielle Gonzales (6)...
Best Use of Color: Jessica Anderson (16)
Best Use of 3D: Kagan Masters (22)
Best Reproduction of a Masters Work: Stacy Zimmerman (2)
4-6th Grade 1st Place: Anna Soupos (7)
7-8th Grade 1st Place: Haley Yates (15)
High School 1st Place: Rebekah Broeker (13)
Adult 1st Place: Heather Stone (20)
Miss Marigold Choice: Terin Berry (30)
Grand Marshal Choice: Sara Poynter (5)
Festival Chairman Choice: Kagan Masters (22)
Honorable Mention: Jared Clemons (1)
Honorable Mention: Carlie (3)
Honorable Mention: Izabella Lane (17)
Honorable Mention: Brooklyn Bishop (23)
Honorable Mention: Malina Rose Overholt (28)


You can see pictures at http://picasaweb.google.com/PekinChamber

5K Run/Walk Results

SEPTEMBER 12, 2015
PEKIN MARIGOLD FESTIVAL 5K RUN/WALK
RUNNING WITH THE SAINTS
 

MALE
 
OVERALL
ANDY BLOOM 16:34

UNDER 14
JESSE GOLDEN 18:17
BLAKE BRIGGS 21:30
ALEX ROCKHOLD 23:29
DAWSON VEST 23:42
JACKSON CUSTER 24:39
CARSON GETZ 24:59
GABE FAIRCHILD 25:26
SKYLAR SPECK 25:32
GALEN KESSLER 29:30
BROGAN ROSENBOHM 33:10
BRIGGS ASHTON 60:00

15-19

20-29
BRAD REACH 16:44
BRADLEY LAFARY 20:14
JACOB CARLSON 27:11
COLE STONER 27:37

30-39
BRANDON BURLING 23:10
DANIEL CUSTER 24:27
GREG BALAGNA 49:33

40-49
SCOTT SOKOLOWSKI 24:48
ROB DAVIS 26:13
TRACY JONES 28:15
STEVE LAATSCH 31:00
THAD COOK 37:28
JONATHAN GETZ 42:18

50-59
JEFF REBHOLZ 18:55
ROB CAIRNCROSS 21:40
MIKE HARBACK 37:58

60+
LARRY BALAGNA 33:33
DAN CAMPBELL 54:43

 
FEMALE RESULTS

OVERALL
KATIE KESSLER 22:17

0-14
SAMI CURTIS 22:33
KYLEE JOHNSON 23:46
ANNA WOLTER 26:46
EMMA SMITH 31:34
HALLE PETERSON 31:35
EMILY COOK 32:33
JENNA OWENS 34:06
ALYSON BALAGNA 36:40
ANNA COOK 52:33

15-19

20-29
SAVANNAH OSWALD 24:25
MIRANDA CLARK 38:06

30-39
SARAH WILEY 22:32
MELISSA LARD 28:20
SYPHRONIA MARX 34:06
AVA BARNES 35:28
BRIANNE DOYLE 37:32
JACKIE PRESTON 53:44
MELISSA BRIGGS 60:00

40-49
TINA BAJIC 25:29
ERIKA GILMORE 27:36
NANCY FAIRCHILD 33:55
MEGAN OLT 36:42
BECKY WOIWODE 38:13
EMILY LAMBE 38:17
JULIE GANNON 42:11
DAWN GETZ 42:18
DEB KESSLER 44:38
DENISE GOESSMAN 52:34

50-59
SHERYL SALISBURY 27:59
CAROLINE LAATASCH 31:14
JULIE ALBERS 33:26
SARA JOHNSON 53:43

60+
MARY ANN CAMPBELL 54:43

Marigold Parade Winner

The Marigold Festival Parade sponsored by Busey Bank, was held on Saturday, September 12th.  Congratulations to the following winners:

Parade Sponsor's Choice - New Beginnings Fellowship Church

Marigold Queen's Choice - John M. Evans Supportive Living Community

Chamber President's Choice - Girl Scout Troop 4677

Festival Committee Chairman's Choice - First Baptist Church of Pekin

Grand Marshals' Award - Good Shepherd Lutheran School

Busey Bank Traveling Trophy - Liberty Village of Pekin

Friday, September 11, 2015

UPDATE: Festival Set-Up

The good news is...Art in the Park vendors and Civic Collage vendors will be allowed to drive to their booths in the next few minutes.  That area of the park is drying out quickly.

Unfortunately, the Festive Food vendors can not yet drive into their area.  It is still extremely wet.  Keep you fingers crossed and hopefully we'll get you in early this afternoon.

Thank you for you patience.

Marigold After Hours

The Marigold Festival weekend kicked off with a Business After Hours at the Pekin Country Club. Wine tasting and delicious food were on the menu. Everyone had a great evening, including the Marigold Festival Grand Marshals, Dean and Linda Cooper, and the Marigold Festival Committee Chair, Mike Vonderheide.  You can see more pictures from this and other chamber events at http://picasaweb.google.com

Friday Festival Set Up

Art in the Park and Festive Food vendors should be aware that Mineral Springs Park is very wet this morning with lots of standing water.  We will not allow vehicles to drive into the grass until the park dries out.  Art in the Park and Civic Collage registration will still be open from 9am to 5pm today, and you will be able to walk in your supplies, equipment and inventory.  Assuming we don't get anymore significant rain, we anticipate letting vehicles drive up to their booths after lunch.  Thanks for your patience!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Top Dog Postponed Due to Rain

Top Dog has been postponed because of the rain. Please check back here for more information regarding a later date.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Kids Experience Sponsored by Advanced Medical Transport

Calling all kids!!! Come join us in our usual AMT Kids Experience area near the playground! There will be fun and games, arts and crafts, celebrity book readers, and special guests!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Parade Line-up Set

Below is the line-up for the 2015 Pekin Marigold Festival Parade sponsored by Busey Bank.  The parade is Saturday, September 12th.  Line-up for the parade begins at 9:00 am on Broadway, between 14th and Parkway.  (Enter from Parkway, as both sides of the street between Parkway & 14th will be  heading towards downtown).  The parade begins at 10:00 am and will start on Broadway at 14th Street, continue down Broadway turning right onto Court Street, then down past the Courthouse, and turning left onto Capitol Street where the parade will begin to break up.  You can download a copy of the lineup at:  http://www.pekinchamber.com/2015/2015Marigold/ParadeLineUp.pdf

### Entry
1 Pekin Police Department
2 Tazewell County Sheriffs Office
3 Pekin Firefighter's Color Guard
4 Tazewell County Ceremonial Team
5 Busey Bank
6 Marigold Festival Grand Marshal
7 Pekin Community High School Marching Band
8 Pekin Community High School Cheerleaders
9 Miss Marigold, Courtney Psinas
10 Miss Marigold Court 
10 Miss Marigold Court 
10 Miss Marigold Court 
10 Miss Marigold Court 
11 Marigold Festival Chairman Mike Vonderheide
12 Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce President Gregg Ratliff
13 Pepsi Marigold Medallion Winner - Jason & Carrie Helmig
14 Pekin Mayor John McCabe
15 Pekin Fire Department
16 Pekin Marigold Festival  Special Guest Frank Fritz
17 Edison Junior High Pom and Cheer squad
18 Pekin Junior High Band
19 Broadmoor Junior High Pom and Cheer squad
20 WGLO and 92.3
21 Pekin Insurance 
22 State Representative Mike Unes
23 Tazewell County Republican Party
24 Caravan/Pekin 1st Church of the Nazarene Scouting Program
25 Operation Christmas Child
26 WBNH Radio
27 TAPS No Kill Animal Shelter
28 DeCesaro Emergency Lights & Equipment
30 Maloof…ing for a Cure
31 One Main Financial
32 Pekin Hospital
33 Pekin Public School District 108 Suzuki Strings
34 Pekin Lions Club
35 The HOPE Chest
36 Miche Purses
37 Faith Baptist Christian School
38 Brady's Carpet Cleaners
39 St. Jude Pekin to Peoria Run
40 Tazewell County Democrats
41 Town and Country Baptist Church
42 New Beginnings Fellowship Church
43 Advantage Auto Sales
44 Hair Cuttery
45 American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Pekin
46 Dale Sandrock
47 WCIC
48 Job's Daughters Bethel 55
49 Concordia Lutheran School Marching Band
50 Great Clips of Pekin
51 City Church
52 Parkside Athletics
53 Trouble Free Heating and Cooling
54 Girl Scout Troop 4677
55 Pekin Paintball Park
56 Cricket Wireless
57 Pekin First Church of the Nazarene
58 Crimestoppers
59 Dragon Aquatics
60 John M. Evans Supportive Living Community
61 Manual Academy Marching Band
62 Tazewell County 4-H Queen
63 Pekin Academy of Fine Arts
64 Good Shepherd Lutheran School
65 Little Mr. & Miss Marigold Pageant (Baby Miss & Baby Mister)
66 Little Mr. & Miss Marigold Pageant (Tiny Mister & Petite Miss)
67 Little Mr. & Miss Marigold Pageant (Little Miss & Little Miss Marigold)
68 Little Mr. & Miss Marigold Pageant (Tiny Miss & Petite Miss)
68 Little Mr. & Miss Marigold Pageant (Jr. Miss Marigold & Pre-Teen Miss Marigold)
69 Little Mr. & Miss Marigold Pageant (Overall Supreme Winner & Teen Miss Marigold)
70 Little Mr. & Miss Marigold Pageant (15th Anniversary Queens)
71 Washington Middle School Marching Panthers
72 Facet Technologies
73 Classical Dance Academy
74 Heart of Illinois Down Syndrome Association, Inc.
75 Pekin Park District School of Power Tumblers
76 Pekin Park District School of Cheer and Dance
77 104.9 The Wolf / Alpha Media
78 Wink's Iron Lot and Fitness
79 Schaeferville Fire Department
80 Marco's Pizza
81 Family Video
82 Haunted Infirmary Brought to you by Insane Women Productions
83 Papa Murphy's Take N Bake Pizza
84 Sport Clips
85 Pekin Community Softball Association
86 District 50 Junior High Marching Band
87 Comfort Plus Hospice
88 The Center for Prevention of Abuse
89 Illinois Slowriders
90 Pekin Knights of Columbus
91 Advance America
92 Pekin Cub Scouts
93 Scherer's Mini Storage
94 Wausau Homes Peoria
95 Rankin Junior High Cheer Squad
96 Villas of Hollybrook
97 Advanced Medical Transport
98 Midwest Central Middle School Marching Band
99 Goodwill of Central Illinois
100 First Baptist Church
101 Pekin Girl Scout Troop 4687
102 Parkin Pullin' Squad
103 Appliance Depot 
104 First United Methodist Church of Pekin
105 Boy Scout Troops of Pekin
106 Artistic Community Theatre
107 Midwest Central High School Marching Band
108 Liberty Village of Pekin
109 Live or Dye Salon
110 American Motor Trends
111 Kuk Sool Won of Pekin
112 Girl Scout Troops 4635 & 4195
113 ICPR Family Practice
114 Bridgeway Church
115 Living Alternatives - Tazewell County Pregnancy Resource Center
116 Hallmark House Nursing Center
117 Georgetown Middle School Marching Band
118 Richwood's Christian Church
119 Peoria Mothers of Twins Club
120 Girl Scouts
121 South Pekin Fire Department
122 Dreamscapes Landscaping
123 Heroes, Inc.
124 Courtney Swan Occasions
125 Big City Shuttles
126 Central Illinois Tumbling & Trampoline

Art in the Park hours

Art in the Park, sponsored by South Side Bank, is open on Saturday from 9am to 6pm and on Sunday from 9am to 5pm. Art in the Park is NOT open on Thursday or Friday.

Marigold Festival Parade sponsored by Busey Bank

Join us on Saturday, September 12th for the Marigold Festival Parade. The parade kicks off at 10:00am and the line-up begins on Broadway (between 14th and Parkway). 

Monday, September 7, 2015

Pekin Hospital Mother's Tent and First Aid Station

First Aid Station

The Pekin Hospital is sponsoring a first aid station on September 12th & 13th from 10am to 4pm each day. 

Nursing Mothers/Changing Station Tent

The Pekin Hospital is sponsoring a nursing mothers/changing station tent on September 12th & 13th. The tent will afford privacy to nurse or to change our littlest festival attendees. 

Medallion Found!

Congratulations to Carrie & Jason Helmig who found the Pepsi Marigold Medallion at about 10:50am on Labor Day after reading Clue #7.  It was found at the Dirksen Park RC Flying Field.  More details and the clue explanations will be posted later this week.

Rusty Gold Antique Corner

The Rusty Gold Antique Corner will be held in the Royal Ave. Shelter. In honor of our theme and special celebrity guest, this event is devoted exclusively to the finest in antiques and collectibles.

Rusty Gold Antique Corner will be open Saturday, September 12th, 9 am - 6 pm and Sunday, September 13th, 9 am - 5 pm.

This is a 2015 Exclusive Event!! Come check it out!!!

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Hold N Load

For a donation, they hold your packages while you continue to shop. Great for those large items or when your hands get full! Look for Hold n' Load in the Handicap Parking Lot (see festival map). This will take place Saturday & Sunday during Art in the Park.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Upper Limits Rock Climbing Wall

Check out this fun attraction for the kids!!! The Upper Limits Rock Climbing Wall will be located by the Kids' Experience sponsored by Advanced Medical Transport.

Friday, September 4, 2015

CEFCU Soda Carts

There will be three conveniently located CEFCU Soda Carts. You can pick up your commemorative CEFCU Marigold Mugs at these carts, or you can pick them up now in the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce, or at a CEFCU soda station at the festival

Frank Fritz Schedule Change

Due to a change in his production and travel schedule, our celebrity guest, Frank Fritz, will make the following appearances on Sunday:

SUNDAY
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM - Q & A Session with Frank Fritz - Pavillion
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM - Autograph Signing Session with Frank Fritz - Celebrity Tent on Pavilion Drive

His Saturday schedule is still as originally posted:

SATURDAY
10:00 AM - Frank Fritz will ride in the Marigold Festival Parade sponsored by Busey Bank
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM - Autograph Signing Session with Frank Fritz - Celebrity Tent on Pavilion Drive

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Pekin Insurance Festive Foods

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.

Ambassadors for ChristBacon Cheeseburgers 
American Cancer Society / Sno Shack
Corn Dogs, Lemon Shake Ups
Amvets Post 235Fish & Chips & Chicken Strips
BSA Troop 62
Italian Beef Sandwiches
BSA Troop 65
Curly Fries
BSA Troop 145
LaGondola Torpedo's
Bethel #55 Job's Daughters of Pekin
Pulled Pork
Boys and Girls Club of Pekin
Boneless Chicken Wings with Dipping Sauce
Christian Civic Outreach
Iced Tea, Lemonade
Faith Baptist Christian School 
Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches
First Christian Church 
Homemade Warm Apple Dumplings With Caramel Sauce
Kiwanis Club Of Pekin
Kettle Korn
Grace United Methodist Church Family Focus
Baked Potato Bar
Pekin First Church of God
Homemade Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches
PCHS/AJROTC Boosters
Lemon Shake Ups 
Pekin Lions Club
Homemade Donuts
Pekin Rotary Club
Pork Chops
Senior World/The Almond Box
Cinnamon Roasted Nuts
The Salvation Army
Walking Tacos
United Way of Pekin
Johnsonville Brats 


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

SouthSide Bank Art In The Park

Come shop over 200 vendors at this years SouthSide Bank Art In The Park. There is a wide variety of handmade goods for you to shop. Please remember this included in the Pet Free Zone.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Lagoon Golf presented by Pekin Kiwanis Club

Lagoon Golf will be held Saturday, September 12th from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM and Sunday, September 13th from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Step up to the tee and attempt to hit a plastic golf ball in the center of floating rings in the lagoon to win a prize.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Sand Volleyball Tournament presented by Parkside Athletics

The Sand Volleyball Tournament will take place, Saturday, September 12 at 8:00 a.m. (Sunday, September 13 rain date only). It will be held at the Pekin Park District Sand Volleyball Courts. This event is open to anyone over 18 years old. Click here to see more details and get an application.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Ritcharts Petting Zoo

Ritcharts Petting Zoo is returning to the Pekin Marigold Festival this year! They will be located by the Kids' Experience. Stop by and visit all the great animals they bring to the festival each year. They will be open Saturday, September 12th,  9:00 AM - 6:00 PM and Sunday, September 13th 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Civic Collage

Be sure to stop and visit the organizations in our Civic Collage area! 


Friday, August 28, 2015

Marigold Wine/Beer Tasting

Kick off the Marigold Festival weekend at the Pekin Country Club's Marigold Wine & Beer Tasting 

Run With the Saints

Running with the Saints applications are now available here as well as on the Pekin Marigold Festival Facebook page!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Autograph Signing Session with Frank Fritz Celebrity Tent on Pavilion Drive

Frank Fritz, star of the HISTORY Channel hit show American Pickers, will be the celebrity guest at the 2015 Pekin Marigold Festival. The theme for this year’s festival is Pickin’ the Perfect Weekend.  Fritz will ride in the Marigold Festival Parade sponsored by Busey Bank on Saturday, September 12th. He will also be available for pictures and autographs at the Enviro-Safe Refrigerants Celebrity Tent on Saturday and Sunday.   

Fritz started picking early; collecting rocks and beer cans as a kid. As his collection of “staples” grew, so did his knowledge of antiques.

For many years, he worked as a fire and safety inspector, leaving his passion for antiques, junk and anything with an engine as a hobby. Soon enough, he discovered that his keen eye and attention to detail led to finding more than just junk – he was finding treasure amongst trash – a revelation that allowed him to turn a hobby into a career.
He now spends most of his time on the road with his partner Mike Wolfe, digging for treasure in barns, garages and junkyards across America on the HISTORY Channel’s hit show, American Pickers.

Even-tempered and affable, he has a way with potential sellers and a knack for putting out fires: Wolfe calls him the bearded charmer.

With their complementary personalities and shared love of picking, Frank and Mike make the perfect team.

The Pekin Marigold Festival was first held in 1973 as an event to honor Pekin native and U.S. Senator Everett Dirksen and his love of the marigold. It has grown into a community celebration spanning several days and locations. 

The festival is planned and coordinated by a Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce committee of 18 volunteers. The dates of the 2015 Marigold Festival are September 10-13. It is held annually the weekend after Labor Day.

Friday Night Family Fest

Friday Night Family Fest will be held on Friday, September 11th, 2015 from 5pm - 10pm. The festivities will be held downtown around the Courthouse. There will be several unique food and snack vendors, youth activities, PLUS live entertainment by The Brazillionaires. The annual community talent show will also be taking place this evening!
For more information please call Pekin Main Street at 353-3100 or visitwww.pekinmainstreet.com.

Prairie Star Fiddlers

Prairie Star Fiddlers, Saturday, September 12th, 1:15PM - 2:00PM 
The Prairie Star Fiddlers are a select group of the Suzuki String program from Pekin School District #108. The group is comprised of violinists, violists, a bass, and a banjo. Students range in age from 8 years old through high school. Prairie Star Fiddlers play throughout the year for retirement centers, nursing homes, church groups, and other community events. Their repertoire includes American fiddle tunes, Irish tunes, bluegrass, gypsy fiddling, waltzes, polkas, gigs, and reels. We are proud to showcase some of Pekin's talented young people and you won't want to miss this fun performance!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Julie K at Pekin Community Bank Showcase Stage


Julie K - Saturday, September 12th, 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM 
Encouraging familes to laugh and sing together has been a mission for Julie K! Her inspiration to creat age appropriate children's music that families could enjoy together was the birth of her son and a bucket list message at her church. Julie K's original albums include, "A Sunny Day" (2009) "Animal Party" (2010) "Family Love" (2012) "Happy Day"(2014) and "Julie K Christmas" (2014). Her first four albums have received national acclaim, including Creative Child Album of the Year, Dove Approved, Parents Choice and Dr. Toy Awards. In 2013 Julie K was recognized with the Forty Leaders Under 40 and the 25 Women in Leadership Awards. Music has played a significant role in Julie K's life since the age of five when she spent her time arranging backyard performances for the neighborhood. She continued singing her way through high school and college and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in vocal performance from Rollins College in Florida. After returning to Peoria she began her own business teaching music and movement to children and families and then with the production of her albums, she began performing concerts sharing her own music.

Pekin Hospital First Aid Station

Pekin Hospital will have a First Aid Station open and available both Saturday and Sunday for those accidents that may happen.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Marigold Festival Carnival

The Pekin Marigold Festival Carnival will be open on
Thursday, September 10th, 5:30pm to 9:30pm (wristband night)
Friday, September 11th, 5:00pm to 11:00pm
Saturday, September 12th, 11:00am to 11:00pm
Sunday, September 13th, 11:00am to 5:00pm
Wristband night is Thursday (unlimited rides from 5:30pm to 9:30pm) and the cost is $20 per person.
Regular tickets prices are a $1.25 each or a family pack of 20 tickets for $20.  All rides take at least two tickets.
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 9th 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).

Monday, August 24, 2015

Marigold Festival Garden Contest

Congratulations to the winnners of the 2015 Marigold Garden Contest!!

Adult Category 
First Place  - Kevin, Amy & Courtney Psinas

Second Place - Mr. & Mrs. Jim Gilmore


Youth Category
First Place - Ginsey Campbell

Second Place - Aliyah King

Business Category 
First Place - First Baptist Church of Pekin

Second Place - Hoe & Hope Garden Club 


Pekin's Top Dog sponsored by PCHS Key Club

Is your pooch the next Top Dog? This is sure to be a Guaranteed Doggone good time for furry and not-so-furry friends. Free to enter, Fun to Watch! So pick up the Pooch and bring him out Thursday, to the area just west of Dragonland for a tail-waggin great time! No pre-registration necessary. Your doggie may enter as many contests as they choose.

Categories Include:

  • Largest Dog
  • Cutest
  • Smallest Dog
  • Trick
  • Best Costume
  • Longest Ears
  • Best Vocal

Finals

The winners of each contest, chosen by audience applause (hint... be sure to bring your friends!) will proceed as contestants to become Pekin's Top Dog. (A Marigold Festival Event)
For more information, call 347-PARK.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Marigold Festival Wine & Beer Tasting at Pekin Country Club

Thursday, September 10th, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM, there will be a Marigold Festival Wine & Beer Tasting at Pekin Country Club. There will be a charge for this event.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Pet-Free Zones

The Marigold Festival Committee has instituted a “pet free zone”. This includes all areas from Court Street north of Royal Avenue and from Coal Car Drive west to 14th Street. It also includes the carnival area. Thank you for your cooperation.

Marigold Medallion Clues

Monday, August 31st the first Pepsi Marigold Medallion Hunt clue will be released. Check out our blog for daily clue releases or on the Pekin Marigold Festival Facebook page!! Happy Hunting!!!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

8th Annual Marigold Festival Women's Golf Outing

The 8th Annual Marigold Festival Women's Golf Outing will be held on Saturday, August 22nd, 2015 at Parkview Golf Course! Good luck to all of our lady golfers!!!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

CEFCU Marigold Mugs Now Available

Stop by the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce today and pick up your 2015 CEFCU Marigold Mug for just $3. We are located at 402 Court St., Pekin  

NRG Powerton Generating Station 2015 Chalk Art Contest

The applications for the NRG Powerton Generating Station 2015 Chalk Art Contest are now available!!!

Carnival Wristband Ticket Special

The Pekin Marigold Festival Carnival will be open on:

  • Thursday, September 10th, 5:30pm to 9:30pm (Wristband Night)
  • Friday, September 11th, 5:00pm to 11:00pm
  • Saturday, September 12th, 11:00am to 11:00pm
  • Sunday, September 13th, 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 9th 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).

Monday, July 27, 2015

Subway's Miss Marigold Pageant Tickets Now Available

Stop by the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce office at 402 Court St., to pick up your tickets for the 2015 Subway Miss Marigold Pageant. Tickets are $10 each and are available at the Chamber office, the contestants or you can purchase them the August 8th at the door.


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Running with the Saints

Applications for the annual Running with the Saints are now available here!! Complete your application and get it returned asap to be a part of this great run!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Parade Applications Available

Applications for the 2015 Pekin Marigold Festival Parade sponsored by Busey Bank are now available.  You can pick them up in the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce office at 402 Court Street, or download it here.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Marigold Committees

The Pekin Marigold Festival planning is well underway, keeping many people busy!! Here are some pictures of some of those hard workers! Thanks for all you do to help make this festival a success each year.
 


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Art in the Park is Full

The South Side Bank Art in the Park is now full and we are no longer accepting applications for vendors.  However, if you'd like to be on the mailing list for the 2016 festival, please call the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce at 346-2106.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

2015 Pekin Marigold Festival Grand Marshal Announced

“Congratulations to Dean and Linda Cooper on being named the 2015 Pekin Marigold Festival Grand Marshal”

Congratulations to Dean & Linda Cooper who were named the Grand Marshals of the 2015 Pekin Marigold Festival.  The surprise announcement was made by Marigold Festival Chairman Mike Vonderheide at the Pekin Rotary Club meeting today, where Dean is a member.  More pictures from this event can be seen at http://picasaweb.google.com/PekinChamber 

Monday, May 18, 2015

Frank Fritz To Appear At 2015 Marigold Festival

Frank Fritz, star of the HISTORY Channel hit show American Pickers, will be the celebrity guest at the 2015 Pekin Marigold Festival. The theme for this year’s festival is Pickin’ the Perfect Weekend.  

Fritz will ride in the Marigold Festival Parade sponsored by Busey Bank on Saturday, September 12th. He will also be available for pictures and autographs at the Enviro-Safe Refrigerants Celebrity Tent on Saturday and Sunday.   

Fritz started picking early; collecting rocks and beer cans as a kid. As his collection of “staples” grew, so did his knowledge of antiques.

For many years, he worked as a fire and safety inspector, leaving his passion for antiques, junk and anything with an engine as a hobby. Soon enough, he discovered that his keen eye and attention to detail led to finding more than just junk – he was finding treasure amongst trash – a revelation that allowed him to turn a hobby into a career.

He now spends most of his time on the road with his partner Mike Wolfe, digging for treasure in barns, garages and junkyards across America on the HISTORY Channel’s hit show, American Pickers.

Even-tempered and affable, he has a way with potential sellers and a knack for putting out fires: Wolfe calls him the bearded charmer.

With their complementary personalities and shared love of picking, Frank and Mike make the perfect team.

The Pekin Marigold Festival was first held in 1973 as an event to honor Pekin native and U.S. Senator Everett Dirksen and his love of the marigold. It has grown into a community celebration spanning several days and locations. 

The festival is planned and coordinated by a Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce committee of 18 volunteers. The dates of the 2015 Marigold Festival are September 10-13. It is held annually the weekend after Labor Day.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The Smokers Blues Band

Welcome to the Marigold Showcase Stage The Smokers Blues Band!!! They will be joining us on September 13th from 2:30pm - 4:00pm. You can visit their website at www.TheSmokersBluesBand.com

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Subway Miss Marigold Applications Now Available

Subway Miss Marigold Applications are now available online by clicking here! They must be turned in no later than June 1, 2015!!

7 West To Perform on the Marigold Showcase Stage

We welcome the band 7 West to the Pekin Marigold Festival this year! They will be a great addition to the Festival. Come out on Saturday, Sept. 12th to see them perform at 7pm.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

We are excited for Julie K!!!

Julie K will be joining us again at the Pekin Marigold Festival!!! She will be performing Saturday, September 12th, at 11:45AM. You won't want to miss this great performance!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The NIKBEATS to return to the Marigold Festival Showcase Stage

The Marigold Festival Committee is excited to welcome The NIKBEATS to the 2015 Marigold Festival. They are always a great addition to the Marigold Festival Showcase Stage!!!

Thursday, March 19, 2015