Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Marigold Festival 2009

Thanks to everyone who made the festival a huge success. We've posted some pictures from just a few of the events and happenings at the 2009 Pekin Marigold Festival. You can see them at: http://picasaweb.google.com/PekinChamber

Monday, September 14, 2009

The NTS Marigold Festival Parade was held on Saturday, September 11th. Thanks to everyone who participated and congratulations to our winners:

Queen's Choice Award - Family Plot Haunted House

Sponsor's Choice Award - Community of Christ

Chairperson's Choice Award - Faith Baptist Christian School

Grand Marshal's Award - PCHS Noteables

Chamber President's Choice Award - First United Methodist church

Mayor's Choice Award - Marquette Heights Men's Club Spook Hollow

NTS Traveling Trophy - Central Illinois Tumbling & Trampoline

Pictures from the parade can be found on our photo site at: http://picasaweb.google.com/PekinChamber.

A Pekin resident posted his pictures on another website and you can find them at: http://www.edstwocentsworth.com/

Pekin Main Street's Friday Night Family Fest

Historic Downtown Pekin was packed with festival-goers as Pekin Main Street's Friday Night Family Fest kicked off the Marigold Festival weekend. The Lip Sync Contests, two bands, and several food vendors kept everyone entertained on a beautiful evening. You can see more pictures of this event at: http://picasaweb.google.com/PekinChamber

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Saturday Morning Breakfast Change

There has been some confusion concerning the location of the PCHS Choral Parents' Organization Breakfast. It is Saturday from 7:00am to 10:00am at the Pekin Moose Lodge. It was previously promoted as being held at the Miller Center. We apologize for the confusion.

Pepsi Medallion Found

The Pepsi Marigold Medallion was found on Thursday morning, shortly before the release of Clue #9. Congratulations to Justin Clark (left) and Chet Strickfaden who deciphered the clues and found the medallion. You can find more information at: http://medallionhunt.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

NTS Marigold Festival Parade Line-Up

Use the link below to see the line-up for the 2009 NTS Marigold Festival Parade. It starts at 10:am on Saturday, September 12th, and will process down Broadway, turn right down Court Court Street past the Courthouse, and then turn left on Capitol.

NTS Marigold Parade Line-Up

Friday, September 4, 2009

Pekin Main Street Annual Friday Night Family Fest

Pekin Main Street’s annual Friday Night Family Fest will be held on Friday, September 11, 2009, from 5-10:00 p.m. on the Courthouse Square in Downtown Pekin. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy this family event to kick-off the Marigold Festival Weekend.

Entertainment on the Lip Sync Stage will begin at 6:00 p.m. with Patriotic ceremony lead by Mayor Rusty Dunn honoring our veterans and memory of 9/11. The popular 23rd annual Lip Sync Contest will begin at 7:00 p.m with Mike Burke and Dr. Chris Michaels from 104.9 the Wolf as the emcee’s. The contest will have eight acts in each of the four age divisions: Junior, Pre-Teen, Intermediate, and Senior, for a total of 32 acts. The judges this year will be Mayor Rusty Dunn, the Marigold Grand Marshalls (Larry & Willowdean Stone) and the recently crowned Miss Marigold, Diane Jess. The Lip Sync Stage will be located at the intersection of Capitol & Elizabeth. A few openings are still available for lip sync acts; Free registration forms can be found at www.pekinmainstreet.com or www.pekin.net; the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce; Herget Bank location; and the Pekin Public Library. There are cash prizes for each

The Court Street Stage, on the corner of Court and Fourth Streets, will have live music by the band Loose Shoes, from 6-10:00 p.m. This local band plays tunes from 4 decades and has a strong rhythm section that is accented by a full brass combo and several exceptional vocalists. Covers and songs from the 1940’s to current hits are the predominant presentation material. http://www.loose-shoes.us/aboutloose%20shoes.htm

Pre-show performance by the “Free Time Band” with the Youth For Christ group directed by Jake Bland of Pekin from 5:30 – 6:00pm.

Families can enjoy great music and entertainment while sampling food from over a dozen different food vendors, including pork chop sandwiches, coney dogs, rib eyes, tenderloins, gyros, grilled specialties, strawberry shortcake, funnel cakes, fruit smoothies, ice cream, barbeque, pizza, roasted peanuts, Chicago style hot dogs, chicken egg rolls, lemonade shake-ups and more. Food vendors for the 2009 Friday Night Family Fest are: J&J Concessions, Jeff’s Snack Shack, Haddad’s, Pekin Main Street, Alzheimer’s Association, PCHS Choral Department, Cornbelt Concessions, Pekin First Church of the Nazarene, PJ’s Tropical Ice, Torrey Park Catering, Smokew Smitty’s BBQ, Mars Dogs, Roasted Peanuts, Thanh Linh, Uncle Bob’s Homemade Ice Cream, Generations Pizza and Pekin First Church of God. Food vendors will line Court, Capitol and Elizabeth Streets.

Pekin Main Street will have a Dunk tank fundraiser with Council member Tom Blanchard, City Manager Denny Kief and retiring Fire Chief Chuck Lauss all signed up to participate. Dunk tank will run from 5:00 – 7:00pm. Kid activities to include the Zoo Crew face painting, Unique Twist Balloon Artist, YWCA temporary tattoos, Peek In Pottery with pottery painting and the Peoria Riverman mascot and portable hockey game.

Event hosted by Pekin Main Street and major event sponsor is Herget National Bank. For more
information, please call the Pekin Main Street office at (309) 353-3100.