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:

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

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  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:
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.