Friday, August 30, 2013

Marigold Wine Tasting

A great crowd was at the Pekin Country Club's Marigold Wine Tasting event on Thursday, August 29th. There were even some special guests that posed with the Grand Marshals and other attendees.  You can see more pictures from the festival and other chamber events at

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Friday Night Family Fest


Pekin Main Street’s annual Friday Night Family Fest will be held on Friday, September 6, 2013, from 5:00-10:00 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.
Pre-show entertainment will begin on the Pekin Insurance Main Stage at Elizabeth and Capitol Streets at 5:00pm with the band Flying Crazy Monkeyz, followed by the Intentional Praise Band at approximately 6:00. The Pekin’s Got Talent competition will kick off at 7:00 with popular DJ “Dr” Chris Michaels from 104.9 The Wolf hosting. After 2 prior rounds of auditions, the field of contestants has been narrowed down to the top 12. These ten contestants will be competing for cash prizes generously donated by Herget Bank. Contestants are: Gunner Harnett and Lexi Maxwell, Libby Green, Bailey Haynes, Emory Milot, Natalie Gibbs, Aubrey Whyman, Cody Salem, Allison Lowman, Tamera Johnsen, Morning Star and RD Jackson. The judges for the competition are Maggie Carnegie, Felicia Canamore and Dennis Hilst. Miss Marigold Brittany Sherwood and Marigold Grand Marshalls Rich and Nancy Kreigsman will award special awards to their favorite acts. The Papa Murphy’s Fan Favorite Award will also be presented to the contestant who generated the most votes in an in-store contest at Papa Murphy’s Pizza in Pekin. Live music by The Bootstrap Duo will be presented on Court Street in front of the Speakeasy Art Center and Hawaiian Sun Tanning. In the event of inclement weather, Pekin’s Got Talent competition will be held at the Fusion Building’s Teen Center (the old Elk’s lodge) on Sabella Street.  
The Unique Twist Balloon Artists will be at the event to entertain and delight children of all ages with their fantastic balloon creations and the fantastic face painters from Wild Style Design Company will be there too. Special guests SpongeBob SquarePants, a Storm Trooper from Star Wars and Rooty the Root Beer Bear will be visiting downtown for this special event. 
Families can enjoy great music and entertainment while sampling food from over 15 different food vendors in our 2013 Taste of Tazewell, including pork chop sandwiches, tenderloins, gyros, grilled specialties, Italian beef sandwiches, strawberry shortcake, funnel cakes, ice cream, barbeque, pizza, lemonade shake-ups and more. Food vendors for the 2012 Friday Night Family Fest are: J&J Parks Concessions, Haddad’s Restaurant, Haddad’s Downtown, Boy Scout Troop 62, Alzheimer’s Association, Mike’s Knot Just Ribs, PCHS Choral Department, Cornbelt Concessions, Jeff’s Snack Shack and Papa Murphy’s Take and Bake Pizza. Food vendors will line Court, Capitol and Elizabeth Streets. Our panel of Taste of Tazewell judges will be awarding prizes to food vendors in various categories and the public is invited to join the fun by voting for their favorite food item as well in the Fan Favorite contest. 
Event hosted by Pekin Main Street and major event sponsors are Pekin Insurance, City of Pekin Tourism, A&W/Long John Silver’s of Pekin and Costco. For more information, please call the Pekin Main Street office at (309) 353-3100 or visit our website at .

Monday, August 26, 2013

Marigold Festival Booklet Available On-Line

Download the entire Marigold Festival Program Booklet at the site below.  It's a big file, but worth the wait:

Results of the Women's Marigold Golf Outing

You can see pictures from this event at:

 First Flight     
 $  90.00 Barnosky, Meg Taylor, Tonya 65
 $  45.00 Decker, Lynn D'Alfonso, Kristen 67
 $  22.50 Byers, Tammie Wheeler, Sue 68
Peterson, Donna Seiler, Jane 69
Betzelberger, Linda Bonsack, Pam 70
Brennemann, Nancy Olt, Marlene 72
 Second Flight     
 $  90.00 Minch, Patricia Kurland, Kathy 73
 $  45.00 Johnson, Steph Johnson, Lisa 73
 $  22.50 Steiner, Diane Franks, Julie 74
Watts, Linda Avery, Peggy 75
Coker, Judy Ramsey, Lorene 76
Antonini, Marie Barker, Shirley 79
 Third Flight     
 $  90.00 Rankin, Becky Deverman, Donna 80
 $  45.00 Turley, Vickie Readon, Sharon 80
 $  22.50 Sullivan, Dea Sellers, Rhonda 81
Short, Patti Maloney, Barb 82
McClintock, Doris McCoy, Cindie 82
Woll, Marlena Betson, Connie 82
 Fourth Flight     
 $  90.00 Willock, Merry Eeten, Della 84
 $  45.00 Glesne, Arlene Potts, Bev 85
 $  22.50 Kaebel, Betty Ward, Carrie 86
Stone, Sandy Wilt, De De 87
Grover, Donna Elliott, Lucy 87
Greenhalgh, Linda Kim, Chung  87
 Fifth Flight     
 $  90.00 Stagg, Corky Schmidt, BonnyLou 87
 $  45.00 Connell, Jan Parks, Bessie 89
 $  22.50 McNeese, Juanita Jarvill, Ann 91
Eagleson, Delores Smith, Janette 92
Long, Gloria Sayles, Dana 92
Graham, Fran Coats, Jill 92
 Sixth Flight     
 $  90.00 Gensel, Mary Durham, Dianne 99
 $  45.00 Swanson, Barb Goldberg, Peggy 102
 $  22.50 Murphy, Bonnie Fangmeier, Gloria 108
Darling, Amy Campbell, Stacie 41  9 holes
Isbell, Carissa Collins, Peggy 48  9 holes
Johnson, Diane Shambrook, Kathy 56  9 holes

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Pepsi Marigold Medallion Hunt Begins August 26th

The 2013 Pepsi Marigold Medallion Hunt begins on Monday, August 26th.  The first clue will be released at noon.  Find the clues and other information on the official Pepsi Marigold Medallion Hunt page:

Carnival Wristband Night

The Marigold Festival Carnival will hold a special Wristband Night on Thursday, September 5th from 5:30 to 9:30 pm.  Wristbands are $20 per person.  The regular ticket prices for the festival are $1.25 per ticket or a family pack of 20 tickets for $20.  All rides take two or more tickets.

There are 100 Wristband tickets available for pre-sale at a special price of only $15.  These are available while they last at the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce, 402 Court Street, between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. 

Monday, August 12, 2013

Miss Marigold Crowned

Congratulations to Brittany Sherwood who was crowned Miss Marigold at the 2013 Subway Miss Marigold Pageant.  She is a freshman at Olivet Nazarene University, majoring in mathematics. 

The Subway Miss Marigold Pageant is a scholarship pageant.  Contestants are judged on talent, interview, casual wear, evening wear, and community service.  The event was held on Saturday, August 10th at the F.M. Peterson Theater at Pekin Community High School.

In addition to her $2,000 scholarship, Sherwood also received a scholarship for her community service.

First Runner-Up was Sara Alesandrini, a junior at Iowa State University where she is studying interior design.  She earned a $500 scholarship.

The Second Runner-Up and winner of a $250 scholarship was Emily Lowman.  She is a sophomore at Illinois State University majoring in secondary art education and studio arts: sculpture. 

The entire pageant court will also receive scholarships.  They include Sarah Hayes, a senior at Pekin Community High school, Lindsey Harris, a freshman at Illinois State University, Loryn Hosteler, studying sign language at Illinois Central College, Anna Vogel (co-Miss Congeniality) an Illinois Central College student studying mechanical engineering technology, Sierra Pool (co-Miss Congeniality) a senior at Pekin Community High School, and Kayla Moore who attends Career Logics Cosmetology School and Illinois Central College.

You can see more pictures from the rehearsal and the pageant at:

Friday, August 9, 2013

Pekin Marigold Festival Run With The Saints

Applications are now available for the Pekin Marigold Festival Run with the Saints 5K Run/Walk.  It will be held on Saturday, September 7th, at 7:30am in Coal Miner's Park.  Applications and information are available at:

Friday, August 2, 2013

Sand Volleyball Entries

Information and registration forms for the 2013 Marigold Festival Sand Volleyball Tournament are now available at: