Tuesday, December 14, 2010

2011 Marigold Festival Committee Meeting Schedule

The Marigold Festival Committee is already gearing up for the 2011 Marigold Festival!  Here is a schedule of meeting dates and times for the upcoming year.   You will also find a list of 2011 Chairs and Co-Chairs of the Committee Assignments.  Thank you in advance for all of the hard work and dedication you put towards making The Marigold Festival a huge success for our community.

All meetings will be held at the Holiday Inn Express unless otherwise noted.

December, 2010 ~ No meeting
January 19, 2011 ~ 5:30 pm (working meeting)
February 16, 2011 ~ 6:30 pm
March 16, 2011 ~ 6:30 pm
April 20, 2011 ~ 6:30 pm
May 18, 2011 ~ 6:30 pm
June 15, 2011 ~ 6:30 pm
July 13, 2011 ~ 6:30 pm
August 3, 2011 ~ 6:30 pm
August 24, 2011 ~ 6:30 pm
September 7, 2011 ~ 6:30 pm
September 9, 10, 11, 2011 ~ FESTIVAL WEEKEND
September 21, 2011 ~ 6:30 pm
October 19, 2011 ~ 6:30 pm
November 5, 2011 ~ Wrap up party at Pekin Insurance Lodge
November 16, 2011 ~ 6:30 pm (2012 Committee)


Committee                                   Chair                                       Co-Chair
Art in the Park                              Shannon Sandoval                      Karen Fort/Doug Godke
Bags Tourney                               Barry Neal                                 Stephanie Stoneking
Pepsi / Mugs                                Amy Whiting                              Greg Henderson
Entertainment/New Events           Althea Geiser                             Doug Godke
Events                                          Tom Elliott                                 Barry Neal
Festival Promotion                       Camille McCarty                        Greg Ranney
Festival Food / Civic Collage        Todd Campbell                         Chuck Lauss
Honoring Dirksen                         Gary Gillis
Miss Marigold Pageant                 Karen Fort                                 Shannon Sadoval / Corrie Salmon
Parade                                         Greg Ranney                              Camille McCarty
Park Layout / Safety                     Mike Vonderheide                     Rich Gafford / Eric White
Info Booth / Booklet                     Val Springborn                           Eric White
Long Range Planning                     Exec Committee

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Pekin Marigold Festival, Top Dog

A "tail waggin" good time was had by all at the Pekin's Next Top Dog Pageant.  Finals were held near the dog park of Mineral Springs Park on Sunday September 12th.  While many competed, an English Bulldog named Diesel was named the 2010 "Top Dog". 


Congratulations Diesel and owner, Mike.



Runner-up - Sasha, German Shepherd

Preliminaries were held Tuesday, August 3rd. 
There were several categories for these pooches to compete in. 
The winners of each contest were chosen by audience applause.

Biggest Dog ~ Most Beautiful ~ Tiniest Dog ~
Curliest Dog ~ Best Stupid Pet Trick ~ Best Costume ~
Most Unusual ~ Best Dancer ~ Longest Ears ~
Owner / Dog look alike ~ Best Vocals ~ Waggiest Tail

View the Top Dog Page for more information.

Monday, September 13, 2010

NTS Marigold Festival Parade Pictures

Looking for pictures from the NTS Marigold Festival Parade?  Check out the pictures taken be Pekin resident, Ed Emmons, at:  http://picasaweb.google.com/edemmons1/NTSMARIGOLDPARADE?feat=directlink

NTS Marigold Festival Parade, Award Winners

NTS Parade Sponsor's Choice Award
Central Illinois Tumbling & Trampoline

Grand Marshall Award
Advocates For Access

Chamber President's Choice Award
Holiday Inn Express & Suites

Marigold Festival Chairperson's Choice Award
Carpenter's Local #183

Miss Marigold Queen's Choice Award
Marquette Heights Men's Club

NTS Traveling Trophy
Community of Christ-Jesus Then & Now
 

http://www.pekin.net/MarigoldFestivalParade2010.htm

Saturday, September 11, 2010

The Rain Has Ended!

It's going to be a beautiful day...come out and enjoy the Pekin Marigold Festival!

Marigold Friday Night Family Fest

You can see pictures of people enjoying Pekin Main Street's Friday Night Family Fest at http://picasaweb.google.com/PekinChamber.  The event kicks-off the Marigold Festival weekend.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Marigold Festival Carnival Bracelet Night!

Tonight, September 9th from 5:30 - 9:30pm.
The always popular, Carnival Bracelet Night gets things going! Bring the whole family to the 4-H Shelter area for rides, games and fun! Just $15 for a bracelet.   

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

NTS Marigold Festival Parade Line-up

You can download a .pdf version of the line-up at:  http://www.pekin.net/2010ParadeLineup.pdf
2010 NTS Marigold Festival Parade
Unit # Entry
1        Pekin Police
2        Tazewell County Sheriff
3        Pekin Firefighter Color Guard
4        NTS President & CEO Dan Johnson
5        PCHS March Dragons
6        Pekin Community HS Cheerleaders
7        Grand Marshal - Ken White
8        Festival Queen
9        Queen's Court
10      Queen's Court
11      Queen's Court
12      Queen's Court
13      Queen's Court
14      Miss Illinois - Whitney Thorpe Klinsky
15      Past Miss Marigold's
16      Marigold Festival Chairman - Val Springborn
17      Chamber President - Althea Geiser
18      Marigold Medallion Winner's Daughter Bailey Tindall
19      City of Pekin Officials
20      NTS Sponsors Float
21      Pekin Hospital
22      Pekin Junior High Band
23      Broadmoor Jr. & Edison Jr. High Schools Sprit squads
24      Faith Baptist Christian School
25      Pekin Public Library
26      Scott Altman Primary School
27      Knights of Columbus
28      Little Mr. & Miss Marigold
29      Little Mr. & Miss Marigold
30      Little Mr. & Miss Marigold
31      Little Mr. & Miss Marigold
32      Little Mr. Miss Marigold
33      Katelynn Archdale Miss Central IL Outstanding Teen
34      Heart of Illinois POW/MIA
35      Wildlife Prairie State Park
36      Momma's Little Rockers Claudia & Lavena Tovrea
37      Girl Scout troop 4090 & 4362
38      Pekin District 108 Suzuki Strings
39      Job's Daughter's Bethel #55
40      Pekin Park District School of Gym, Dance & Cheer
41      Professional Therapy Services
42      Jazzercise
43      Good Shepherd Lutheran Preschool
44      Good Shepherd Lutheran School
45      Cub Scout Pack #181
46      John Evans Supportive Living
47      104.9 The Wolf
48      Almost Elton John
49      Rod Stewart Concert Experience
50      Lee Hall as The King
51      Dressed to Kill Show
52      Marquette Heights Men's Club (Spook Hollow)
53      Tips and Toes To Go
54      Jim Maloof Realtors
55      Timbercreek Rehab & Health Care
56      Pekin Paintball Park
57      VFW of Pekin
58      Michael & Max Rittenhouse
59      Central Junior High School Band
60      Pekin Prime 16 U Girls Fastpitch Team
61      91.5 WCIC
62      Pekin Manor - Liberty Village of Pekin
63      Community of Christ
64      Dale Sandrock
65      Dungeon of Darkness Haunted Attraction
66      WMBD - TV
67      Compassionate Crowns
68      Tazewell County 4-H
69      Woodforest National Bank
70      Christian Navigators
71      Pekin Insurance
72      Cub Scout Pack 87
73      Heart of Illinois 912 Project
74      Georgetown Middle School Band
75      Auto Mart
76      Auto Mart
77      Pappy's Towing Inc.
78      Parkside Towing
79      Tazewell County Democrats
80      Quiznos
81      Central Illinois Endoscopy Center
82      U.S. Congressman Aaron Schock
83      Tazewell County Republican Party
84      Spider Hill Haunted Attractions
85      Deck D-Fence
86      Midwest Central Middle School Band
87      Pekin Lil Lettes Girls Fastpitch Softball
88      Central Illinois Tumbling & Trampoline
89      Family Plot
90      Heiteman, Rollo & Schleder
91      Inabit Towing
92      New Life Fellowship
93      Papa Murphy's Pizza
94      Kevin Bresnahan
95      Pekin Lions Club
96      Peoria Area Square Dance Assoc.
97      Advocates for Access
98      Mike DePeugh
99      Advance America
100    Jim Macomb Chevrolet
101    Carpenter's Local #183
102    Cincinnati Fire Protection Dist.
103    Midwest Central High School Band
104    Pekin Daily Times
105    Pekin Elks Club
106    Long John Silvers & A & W
107    First United Methodist Church
108    Wendy's
109    Arby's
110    Holiday Inn Express & Suites
111    WBNH Radio
112    Schuck Wisher Racing (Justice for Dustin)
113    Chamber of Demons
114    Treasures & More
115    Greater Peoria Area Crime Stoppers
116    Brad Campbell Memorial
117    San Juan Pools
118    Pepsi
119    Miss Heart of Illinois Scholarship Program
120    Pekin Amateur Hockey
121    Miss Tremont
122    MDT Productions
123    Tazewell County Museum

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Friday Night Family Fest & Lip Sync

Kick off the Marigold Festival weekend with the Friday Night Family Fest sponsored by Pekin Main Street. There will be lots of food, lots of fun and one of Pekin's favorite Marigold events - the Lip Sync Contest. Bring your lawn chairs and your appetite and be ready for a great night of family fun! Friday Night Family Fest is held on Friday, September 10th from 5:00pm to 10:00pm around the courthouse square in historic downtown Pekin.

Lip Sync applications are still available for some divisions.  You can download a registration form here.  For more information please call Pekin Main Street at 353-3100.


Marigold Museum

The Marigold Festival has always served as a community gathering point, a reunion, where we run into friends and acquaintences that we often only see during that special weekend. It is a great source of nostalgia. It is a wealth of memories and a recall of time well spent. Each of us has our own Marigold Memory or Marigold Moment that is special to us. In an attempt to recapture some of those moments, the Marigold Festival has established the Marigold Festival Museum sponsored by Methodist Medical Center. You will find it in the Mineral Springs Park Pavilion during Festival Weekend. There are displays and memorabilia as well as a festival timeline that should help bring your own special memories to mind. Please take a moment to visit and reconnect with a past full of friends, family and memories.

Marigold Festival Carnival Bracelet Night!

This Thursday, enjoy the always popular, Carnival Bracelet Night! Bring the whole family to the 4-H Shelter area for rides, games and fun! Just $15 for a bracelet Thursday, September 9th from 5:30 - 9:30pm.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Pepsi Marigold Medallion Found!

Congratulations to avid hunter Carrie Westerfield who found the Pepsi Marigold Medallion after deciphering information in the first two clues. It was found just before 7:00pm on Tuesday at Dirksen Park. More information about Carrie and her hunt will be coming soon.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Friday, August 27, 2010

Lip Sync Applications are now available.

There are still openings, especially in the junior, pre-teen, and intermediate divisions for the...

Friday Night Family Fest
Lip Sync Contest, A Pekin Main Street Event

Friday, September 10th, 2010
7:00 pm - Downtown Pekin (Intersection of Capitol & Elizabeth)

The application is available on the Pekin Area Chamber Website.  For more information, call 353-3100

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

2010 Marigold Festival Civic Collage

Civic Collage offers a collection of informational and fundraising booths.
Civic Collage is located between the popcorn stand and Art in the Park, on the east side of Pavilion Road. The vendors will be open on Saturday, September 11th from 9:00am to 6:00pm and on Sunday, September 12th from 9:00am to 5:00pm. 
Stop by to visit this years Civic Collage vendors:
~ American Association of University Women, Pekin Area Branch
~ Grace Baptist Church
~ PCHS Swim & Dive Booster Club
~ Pekin Cheerleading Booster Club
~ Pekin Hospital League
~ Pekin Lil Lettes
~ Second Reform Church
~ Tazewell Animal Protective Society (TAPS)
~ Tazewell County Democrats
~ Tazewell County Republican Party
~ Tomorrow's Hope Christian Academy
~ WBNH Radio

Monday, August 16, 2010

Grow For The Gold Winners

Congratulations to our 2010 Grow For The Gold Winners!
Thank you to all that participated and/or nominated local flower beds.

Residential~
1st Place, $100 - Harriett Arlington, 1408 Lincoln
2nd Place, $50 - Ruth McIntosh, 413 Country Club
3rd Place, $25 - Josh King, 914 Chestnut

Business~
1st Place, $75 - Kiwanis

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Jordan Davis, Miss Marigold 2010

Congratulations to Jordan Davis, who was named Miss Marigold 2010 at the August 14th pageant. Haley Lower was first runner-up, and Karson Orrick was named second runner-up. Congratulations and thanks to the sponsors, committee, and volunteers for a great show. And congratulations to the Queen's Court: Megan Bernier, Laura Williams, Marjorie Miller, Linsy Morgan, Rose Wurster, Brittney Heath, Kylie Nadeau, and Leah Anderson.  See over 100 photos from the pageant at:  http://picasaweb.google.com/PekinChamber/MissMarigoldQueenPageant

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Miss Marigold Queen Pageant Rehearsal

Check out the photos from the rehearsal for the 2010 Miss Marigold Queen Pageant.  The 35th Queen will be crowned tonight, August 14th at Pekin Community High School's F.M. Peterson Theater.  Doors open at 6:30pm and the show begins at 7:00pm.  Tickets are $5 at the door.  Rehearsal pictures can be found at:    http://picasaweb.google.com/PekinChamber/MissMarigoldQueenPageantRehearsal

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Little Miss & Mr. Marigold Pageant

2010 Little Miss & Mr  Marigold Pageant was held Sunday, August 1st, at the Avanti’s Dome in Pekin. The contestants were to walk onto the stage, smile and wave to the judges and the audience. Contestants were judged on facial beauty, smile, and overall appearance.

The Little Miss contestants were divided into seven age groups: Baby Miss, 0-18 months; Tiny Miss, 19-35 months; Petite Miss, 3 years; Petite Miss, 4 years; Little Miss, 5-6; Junior Miss, 7-9; and Pre-Teen, 10 and up.

The Little Mr contestants age groups included: Baby Mr., 0-2 years; Tiny Mr., 3-5 years; Little Mr., 6-7 and up.

Other contests included 10th Anniversary Queen and the Ultimate Queen.

The winners will represent Pekin during the Pekin Marigold Festival in September.

Read more of the article published by Pekin Daily Times at the following link:
Littlest beauties crowned at pageant - Pekin, IL - Pekin Daily Times

Pekin's Next Top Dog, Preliminary

Pekin's Next Top Dog, Preliminaries were held Tuesday August 3rd, at the Pekin Park Arena. The winners of each contest, chosen by audience applause will proceed as contestants to become Pekin's Next Top Dog.

The finals will be held Sunday, September 12th, 3:00pm (A Marigold Festival Event), near the Dog Park in Mineral Springs Park.

Congratulations to the following -
Pekin’s Next Top Dog preliminary winners
• Biggest Dog — Lambeau, Great Dane (Gary France)
• Most Beautiful — Memphis, Australian shepherd (Tricia Swonger) and Ruby, pug (Haven Wehmeier)
• Tiniest — BooBoo, Dachshund (Chad and Lisa Holland)
• Curliest Tail — Little Bit, misc breed, (Ronny Slonter)
• Best Stupid Pet Trick — Yoder, Yorkie (P.C. Allen)
• Best Costume — Ozzie, border collie (Marni Steckmann)
• Most Unusual — Bree, Afghan hound, (Abi Dagit)
• Best Dancer — Taco, Chihuahua (John Martin)
• Dog/Owner look-a-like — Diesel, English bull dog (Michael Cook)
• Best Vocals — Sasha, German shepherd (Kelly Williams)
• Waggiest Tail — Holly, Akita, ( Logan and Dr. Nicole Chesher)

To read the entire article by the Pekin Daily Times, please follow this link:
Canine contestants advance to the next level - Pekin, IL - Pekin Daily Times

Val Springborn, 2010 Marigold Festival Chairperson

Val Springborn has always lived in Pekin and has great memories of the Marigold Festival. Every year, her parents brought her to the festival, where they spent most of the weekend enjoying all of the family oriented events. She now brings her husband, Greg, and daughter, Norah, to take pleasure in the same festival she is so fond of.

Read more of the article published by Pekin Daily Times at the following link:
Love of the Marigold Festival spurs woman to volunteer - Pekin, IL - Pekin Daily Times

Monday, August 9, 2010

2010 Miss Marigold Pageant This Saturday!


Please join us Saturday August 14th at the F.M. Peterson Theater, Pekin Community High School 7:00 pm. Tickets will be $5 and are available in advance at the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce or at the door on the night of the pageant.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Boys & Girls Club Wiffle Ball Tournament

Last year's inaugural tournament was a real success and the Boys and Girls Club of Pekin Wiffle Ball Classic is back!

This year's tourney will again guarantee $500 to the first place team with additional payouts to the top teams. The tourney will be held on Sunday, September 12th at Mineral Springs Park, Diamond #1. The first round begins at 9:00am so arrive early.

Team applications are available now. Download your copy today from the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce website or pick one up at the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce office, the Boys and Girls Club or the Pekin Park District.  Sign up now because the field is limited to the first 16 teams. Entry Deadline is September 3, 2010

Wiffle Ball Homerun Derby will be held as well. This is open to the public as well as the tournament players. For $2.00 you get 10 outs. Try as many times as you want and compete for cash and a trophy.

For additional information call the Boys & Girls Club 309-346-5437
or the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce 309-346-2106

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Save the Date!

Marigold Festival books and maps are available!

The 2010 Marigold Festival Books are available.  We also have maps available for the festival, parade and art in the park.  To view the maps please visit the Marigold Festival page of our website at http://www.pekin.net/.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Marigold Festival Sand Volleyball Tournament Applications Available

Sand Volleyball Tournament ~ Come join in the fun and participate in the Pekin Marigold Festival Sand Volleyball Tournament presented by Parkside Athletics on Saturday, September 11th from 9:00 am to Dusk (Finish). Rain date, Sunday, September 12th. Divisions are Competitive Volleyball on sand volleyball courts and Recreational Volleyball on Dragonland Water Park sand volleyball courts~~both playing at the same time. Entry forms are available online, at the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce and at Parkside Athletics.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Grow For The Gold!

Back again this year is the Grow for the Gold Garden Contest.
Help make Pekin the Marigold Capital of the World with your Marigold gardens. All entries must have a Pekin address and flowers must be visible from the street. The marigolds can be by themselves or in combination with other flowers. You may enter your own flowers or your neighbor's garden. Entry deadline is August 5th, 2010. Judging begins the week of the 8th.
Nomination forms are available online to fax/e-mail or you can call the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce at  346-2106.  e-mail: Chamber@Pekin.net or fax: 346-2104

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

NTS Marigold Festival Parade Application

Applications for the NTS Marigold Festival Parade are available.  You can download your parade application here or get more festival details by visiting the Pekin Area Chamber Of Commerce website.  The entry deadline is August 27, 2010.  Parade rules and regulations will be included with the application. 

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

2010 Marigold Festival Grand Marshall.

The Pekin Marigold Festival Committee is happy to announce Ken White as the 2010 Marigold Festival Grand Marshall. He has been a resident of the Pekin community for nearly 40 years. Ken was introduced to the Pekin community when he began his career at Pekin Insurance Company. In 2009, Ken retired from Pekin Insurance after spending 38 years with the company.


Ken has been involved with numerous civic organizations. Ken served the United Way of Pekin as a board member, campaign chair and president. To this date, he continues to serve as a division chair during the campaign for funds. Ken has also served on the Board of Directors for the Center for Prevention of Abuse and the Girls Scouts of America Kickapoo Council. He has also been a long time blood/platelet donor to the American Red Cross. Ken is a past president of the Pekin Noteables Parents Group and also serves on the Board of the Pekin Civic Chorus recently completing his 7th show, in which he is a performer and helps with stage construction. He is also an active member of the Pekin Rotary Club.

One of Ken’s favorite activities is playing Santa Claus in and around the Pekin community. Ken has served as Santa Claus for Pekin Insurance employees and their families for over 20 years. Ken has also served as Santa Claus for the United Way Home Tour, Center for Prevention of Abuse, Salvation Army Day Care, St Jude, as well as Pekin area grade schools and churches.

Ken and his wife Debbie are the parents of two children Eric (Andrea) White of Groveland and Kendra (Brandon) Burling of Pekin. They have 4 grandchildren. Ken is a reserved person and seeks no public limelight but yet is always willing to serve his community in any way, including as Grand Marshall of the 2010 Pekin Marigold Festival.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Miss Marigold Pageant 2010

This year the Marigold Festival Committee is proud to crown our 35th Miss Marigold Queen. Beginning in 1973, the Miss Marigold Pageant as become a long-standing tradition of recognizing talented and bright young women with a chance to represent our community during the Marigold Festival weekend and throughout the year.

We are especially proud of the pageant's focus on scholarship and in an effort to further recognize that commitment, this year's Queen scholarship will be $2,000 in an effort to better keep pace with the ever-increasing cost of higher education.

Entry forms were due June 11th, 2010. We have ELEVEN amazing and fabulous young women vying to be Miss Marigold 2010! This years Miss Marigold Pageant will be held, Saturday, August 14th, at the PCHS F.M. Peterson Theatre.  To view the 2010 Contestants click here: Miss Marigold 2010

Marigold Top Dog Pageant ~ Sponsored by the Pekin Park District

Is your pooch the next Top Dog? This is sure to be a Guaranteed Dog-gone good time for furry and not-so-furry friends. Free to enter, Fun to Watch! So pick up Pooch and bring him out Tuesday August 3, 2010 to the Arena, located behind the football stadium in Mineral Springs Park for a tail-waggin great time! No pre-registration necessary. Your doggie may enter as many contests as they choose on Tuesday, August 3rd.

Categories Include: Biggest Dog ~ Most Beautiful ~ Tiniest Dog ~ Curliest Dog ~ Best Stupid Pet Trick ~ Best Costume ~ Most Unusual ~ Best Dancer ~ Longest Ears ~ Owner / Dog look alike ~ Best Vocals ~ Waggiest Tail

Preliminaries: Tuesday, August 3rd, 7:00pm, Veteran's Memorial Arena (a 4H Fair Event)

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. The finals will be held Sunday, September 12th, 3:00pm. For more information, call 347-PARK

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Marigold Festival Museum sponsored by Methodist Medical Center

The Marigold Festival has always served as a community gathering point, a reunion, where we run into friends and acquaintences that we often only see during that special weekend. It is a great source of nostalgia. It is a wealth of memories and a recall of time well spent. Each of us has our own Marigold Memory or Marigold Moment that is special to us. In an attempt to recapture some of those moments, the Marigold Festival has established the Marigold Festival Museum sponsored by Methodist Medical Center. You will find it in the Mineral Springs Park Pavilion during Festival Weekend. There are displays and memorablia as well as a festival time-line that should help bring your own special memories to mind. Please take a moment to visit and reconnect with a past full of friends, family and memories.

The Jimmy John's Marigold Festival Bag's Tournament

The Jimmy John's Marigold Festival Bag's Tournament is back for the 3rd year. This year's tourney will again guarantee $1000 to the first place team with payouts for the top 6 teams. The tourney will be held on Saturday, September 11th at Mineral Springs Park, Diamond #1. The first round begins at 12:00pm.

The game is played similar to horseshoes , but played with corn filled bags which are tossed onto game boards. Again the committee would like to thank Steve Godke for his graphic arts designs, Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes, L.L.C. for printing the posters and entry forms, Able Vault & Monument for the use of their tent and Jimmy Johns for their continued sponsorship and support.

Enter early for a discount and come out to the park to enjoy one of the most competitive and lucrative bags tourneys in the Midwest!

Entry forms will be available soon!  They will be available to downloaded at http://www.pekin.net/, or you can go to the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce or local Jimmy Johns to pick up an entry form.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Miss Marigold applications are due Friday, June 11th

This year the Marigold Festival Committee is proud to crown our 35th Miss Marigold Queen. Beginning in 1973, the Miss Marigold Pageant has become a long-standing tradition of recognizing talented and bright young women with a chance to represent our community during the Marigold Festival weekend and throughout the year. We are especially proud of the pageant's focus on scholarship and in an effort to further recognize that commitment, this year's Queen scholarship will be $2,000 in an effort to better keep pace with the ever-increasing cost of higher education. Entry forms are available at the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce and are due June 11th, 2010.

Little Miss & Mr Marigold Pageant 2010

This year the Little Miss & Mr Marigold Pageant will be help at Pekin's Dome on Sunday, August 1st. The doors will open at noon and the pageant begins at 1pm. There will be a break at 3pm with a cake reception. Unique twist will be there making balloons for the kids. Contestants 0-3 compete from 1-3pm and after the break, contestants 4 and up will compete. All proceeds from the 2010 pageant will benefit Pekin Area Easter Seals. The registration fee is $50 to enter and the door badges are $5 each. Winners from the pageant will appear on the 2011 Easter Seals Telethon with a check presentation.

Applications for the Litte Miss and Mr. Marigold Pageant are now available. You can get one at the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce, 402 Court Street or you can download one by going to http://www.pekin.net/MarigoldFestival.htm and scrolling down to the pageant information.

Grow for the Gold

Back again this year is the Grow for the Gold Garden Contest. Help make Pekin the Marigold Capital of the World with your Marigold gardens. All entries must have a Pekin address and flowers must be visible from the street. The marigolds can be by themselves or in combination with other flowers. You may enter your own flowers or your neighbor's garden.

Please submit your entries to the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce by calling 346-2106 or send an e-mail to Chamber@Pekin.net

2010 Marigold Festival Logo


The 2010 Marigold Festival logo was recently unveiled by the Marigold Festival Committee. It was designed by the Pekin Daily Times and will be used for promotions of this year's festival.

2010 Pepsi Marigold Medallion


Emily Lowman, a PCHS art student designed this year's medallion. The PCHS art department held a contest for the medallion design and the Marigold Festival Committee picked Emily's design over two other finalist. 

Congratulations, Emily!

Friday, May 21, 2010

More Contracts Approved

At their May 19th meeting, the Marigold Festival Committee approved contracts for the following:

Festive Food Vendors
Boy Scout Troop 62
Christian Civic Outreach
Job's Daughters Bethel #55
PCHS JROTC
United Way of Pekin

Events
Easter Seals Little Miss/Mr. Marigold Pageant
Parkside Athletics Sand Volleyball Tournament

Civic Collage
Grace Baptist Church
Pekin Hospital League

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Queen Contestants Needed

It's a monumental year for Pekin's Miss Marigold Pageant as we prepare to crown our 35th Miss Marigold Queen.  Nominations and applications are now available for this year's pageant.  The pageant will be held Saturday, August 14 in the F.M. Peterson Theater at Pekin Community High School. 

Contestants must be between the ages of 17-22 and live, work or go to school in Pekin.  There is no fee to enter the pageant and all contestants are guaranteed scholarship money.  Miss Marigold 2010 will win a $2,000 scholarship.

For more information, please pick up a nomination form or application packet at either the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce or the Pekin Community High School Principal's office, or download the forms listed below.  Applications should be turned in to the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce, 402 Court Street.  The deadline for applications is Friday, June 11, 2010.

Nomination Form:  http://www.pekin.net/Photos/MarigoldPix/PageantNom10.pdf
Application Packet:  http://www.pekin.net/Photos/MarigoldPix/PageantApp10.pdf

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Vendors/Events Approved

At their April meeting, the Marigold Festival Committee approved the following vendors and events for the 2010 festival:

Civic Collage
Peoria Area Troop Support
Tazewell County Democrats
Tomorrow's Hope

Events
American Legion Baseball - Marigold 5K Road Race
Boys & Girls Club of Pekin - Wiffle Ball Tournament
Pekin Flames Booster Club - Package drop off & delivery
Pekin Hospital - First Aid Tent
Upper Limits - Portable Climbing Wall

Festive Food
Ambassadors for Christ
American Cancer Society
Pekin Emblem Club #424
Pekin Kiwanis Club
Pekin Lions Club
The Salvation Army

Friday, April 16, 2010

Festival Booklet Work Begins

The Pekin Marigold Festival Committee is pleased to announce the official 2010 Marigold Festival Program Book will be produced by the Pekin Daily Times. The committee has started working on the editorial content and pictures, and the Pekin Daily Times sales staff will soon be selling advertising to support the booklet and the festival.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Marigold Committee Seeks Grand Marshal Nominees

Every year The Pekin Marigold committee recognizes a local resident (or couple) who has given freely to the betterment of their community. The chosen nominee(s) will be asked to serve as the 2010 Grand Marshal. The Marigold Festival Committee is seeking nominees who have demonstrated their passion and dedication by giving generously of their time and talent to a variety of charitable and community organizations and activities. The nomination deadline is May 3, 2010. Nomination forms are available at the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce, 402 Court Street or you can e downloaded the form here: http://www.pekin.net/Photos/MarigoldPix/2010MarshalForm.pdf