Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Congratulations to our Jimmy Johns Freaky Fast Pitch Winners

Adult Division: Ryan Schmidt (80 mph)
14 and Up: Logan Grubb (71 mph)
12 and Up: Mason Bennett (62 mph)
10 and Up: Joe Swanson (59 mph)
8 and Up: Matthew Juergens (47 mph)
6 and Up: Konnor Cupelen (29 mph)


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Sidewalk Chalk Art Winners

Congratulations to the winners and all the participants of the Chalk Art Contest Sponsored by NRG Energy - Powerton Generating Station:  Melissa Sciortino (Junior Best in Theme), Heather Stone (Junior Best in Show), Emily Lowman (Adult Best in Theme), Katelyn Price (Adult Best in Show), and Kagan Masters (Grand Prize Winner).  You can see pictures from all the entries at:  http://picasaweb.google.com/PekinChamber

2014 Marigold Festival Parade Winners

Congratulations to the winners:  Muse Salon (Herget Bank Traveling Trophy), Liberty Village (Herget Bank Parade Sponsor Award), Pack 87 (Chamber President's Choice), Gro Up Gardening (Grand Marshal's Choice), Honor Our Veterans (Festival Chairman's Choice), and New Fellowship (Miss Marigold's Choice).  You can see some additional random pictures from the parade set-up at:  http://picasaweb.google.com/PekinChamber

Miss Marigold & Mountain Man Raise Money For St. Jude Runs

On Friday night, the Marigold Festival Committee held a special dinner with our festival celebrity guest, Mountain Man (Tim Guraedy) to raise money for the St. Jude runs. Everyone had a great time and a chance to meet Mountain Man. Miss Marigold, Abbey Carroll, spoke about St. Jude and all the good work they accomplish for children.  You can see more pictures from this event at:  http://picasaweb.google.com/PekinChamber

Friday, September 5, 2014

Friday Night Family Fest Postponed

Due to the predicted thunderstorms tonight, Pekin Main Street has postponed Friday Night Family Fest.  It will be held next Friday, September 12th - same time and place.

The ICPR Family Practice Carnival will be open tonight at 5:00pm and stay open as long as the weather allows.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Sabella Street Station Saturday Evening Activities

Bring your lawnchairs and family and friends down to Sabella Street Station on Saturday, September 6th at 5pm, to enjoy the Concert in the Street. Michael Layne will open the concert followed with music by Audience of One, Acts, Liberty Baptist Choir, Cole Hollow. Fusion will be open and presenting Bobby Jo Barnes with Be the Light Open Mic, 'Moving Mountains' Concert, The Truth, Endless Compromise.

The Marigold Festivities Continue Saturday Night after Art In The Park Closes!

Just  a reminder that Art In The Park shuts down at 6pm on Saturday, but the festivities do NOT!!!! NikBeats will be playing from 7pm - 8:30 pm at the Ameren Festival Showcase Stage.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Marigold Festival Parade Line Up

Below is the line-up for the 2014 Pekin Marigold Festival Parade sponsored by Herget Bank.  The parade is Saturday, September 6th.  Line-up for the parade begins at 9am, on Broadway, between 14th and Parkway.  (Enter from Parkway, as most traffice will be heading towards downtown.)  The parade begins at 10:00am and will start on Broadway at 14th Street, continue down Broadway (the road will be open) 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 parade line-up here:  http://www.pekinchamber.com/2014/Marigold%20Festival/2014ParadeLineUp.pdf

Line up # Title
1 Pekin Police Dept.
2 Tazewell County Sheriff's Office
3 Pekin Firefighter's Color Guard
4 Tazewell County Ceremonial Team
5 Honor Our Veterans
6 Herget Bank NA
7 Pekin Community High School Band
8 Pekin High School Cheerleaders
9 Marigold Festival Grand Marshal
10 Miss Marigold
11 Miss Marigold Court
12 Marigold Festival Chairman Greg Ranney
13 Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce Representative Aindrea Balagna
14 Marigold Medallion Winner
15 Pekin Mayor Laurie Barra
16 Pekin Fire Department
17 Mountain Man
18 104.9 The Wolf
19 Wildlife Prairie Park
20 WBNH Radio
21 Peoria Mother of Twins
22 Pekin Insurance
23 Pekin Knights of Columbus
24 Rankin Jr. High Cheer  Squad
25 Pekin Junior High Band
26 Broadmoor & Edison Cheer and Poms
27 Wink's Iron Lot 2 Fitness
28 New Beginnings Fellowship Church
29 Auxiliary to the Pekin Firefighters Local #524
30 Crimestoppers
31 Pekin Park Top Dog  winner & Key Club
32 Miss Tremont Nikki Chambliss
33 Pekin Saintly Dragons
34 Advance America
35 USA All Star Academy
36 501st Midwest Garrison, Rebel Legion, Mandelorean Mercs
37 Good Shepherd Lutheran School
38 Appliance Depot
41 Faith Baptist Christian Church
42 Pekin Public Schools Suzuki Strings
43 Artistic Community Theater
44 Town & Country Baptist Church
45 Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois - Pekin Store
46 Brandy's Mystical Inspiration Dance Studio
47 Tazewell County Republicans
48 John Ackerman for Tazewell County Clerk
49 Paul Schimpf for Attorney General
49a Bobby Schilling for Congress
50 Family Video
51 Marco's Pizza
52 Brooke's Baby Botique
53 Girl Scout Troop 4185
54 Girl Scout Troop 4686
55 Girl Scouts Troop 4380
56 Girl Scouts Troop 4677
57 Tazewell County Democrats
58 Friends of Chad Schmidgall
59 Gro Up Gardening
60 Central Illinois Endosocpy Center
61 Pekin Paintball Park
62 Cincinnati Fire Protection District
63 City Church
64 Facet Computer/Nerds on Call
65 Pekin Public Library
66 Manual Academy
67 St. Joseph School
68 CityLink
69 Special Effects - Hair & Makeup Artistry
70 Hollis Park District
71 Ron Kramer
72 Cosmetic Skin Center of Central Illinois
73 Tazewell County 4-H Queen
74 John Evans Senior Living Center
75 Dale Sandrock
76 Cub Scout Pack 181 & Boy Scout Troop 181
77 Cub Scout Pack 87
78 Boy Scout Troop 62
79 Peoria Area & Tazewell County Tea Party
80 Parkside Athletics
81 St. Jude Pekin to Peoria Run
82 Dale Doering
83 Covenant Heating & Air LLC
84 Sunrise Roofing
85 The Hope Chest of Pekin
86 Hackman Family Dancers
87 District 50 Jr. High Band
88 Pekin 1st Church of the Nazarene - Scouting Program
89 DaVita Tazewell County Dialysis
90 Speakeasy Art Center
91 ICPR Family Practice
92 Derby Street Antiques
93 South Pekin Fire Dept.
94 Gailey Eye Clinic
95 Pekin Dragon Aquatics
96 Little Mr. & Little Miss
97 Little Mr. & Little Miss
98 Little Mr. & Little Miss
99 Little Mr. & Little Miss
100 Little Mr. & Little Miss
101 Little Mr. & Little Miss
102 Little Mr. & Little Miss
103 Scaheferville Fire Depart.
104 Midwest Central Middle School
105 Scherer's Mini Storage & Tattered Treasures
106 Dreamscapes Landscaping LLC
107 Liberty Village of Pekin
108 Espy MX & ATV Park
109 PLR Insurance
110 Pekin Hair Cuttery
111 First United Methodist Church of Pekin
112 Peoria Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
113 Job's Daughter Bethel 55 and Fides Chapter of Demolay Peoria
114 Hallmark House Nursing Center
115 Pet Supplies Plus
116 Illinois Slowriders
117 Heart of Illinois Down Syndrome Assoc.
118 Parkin Farms Pullin' Squad
119 Washington Middle School
120 Jimbo's Jumbo
121 Heroes Inc.
122 Peoria Charter Coach
123 Michael Honan Scholarship Fund Sponsored by Jac's Doghouse
124 Haunted Infirmary & Asylum Acres
125 Illini Outlaw Diesel, Inc,
126 Living Alternatives -Tazewell County Pregnancy Resource Center
127 Pekin Relay for Life
128 Kuk Sool Won of Pekin
129 Pekin Park District  Dance Tumble & Cheer
130 Papa Murphy's Pizza
131 Muse Salon Inc.
132 Pekin Lions Club
133 Pekin Lady Saints Girls 18U fast pitch softball
134 Pekin Hospital
135 Operation Christmas Child Central Ililnois
136 North Pekin Fire Department
137 Midwest Central High School
138 Pekin Community Softball Association
139 Pekin First Church of God
140 Classical Dance Academy
141 Nolan Heitzman
142 Nash 97.3
143 105.7 The X
144 Power 92.3
145 95.5 WGLO
146 Carpenters Local 237
147 Millwright Local #2052
148 POW - MIA Freedom Now
149 Central Illinois Tumbling & Trampoline
150 Jaymee Harms, Ryder Harms & Angela Daniels

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Pekin Insurance Festive Food Court and CEFCU Soda Stations!

Looking forward to all the great food coming up NEXT weekend at the Marigold Festival! Check out all the great food vendors at Pekin Insurance Festive Food Court and don't forget to pick up your commemerative mug at the CEFCU Soda Stations!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Ameren Festival Showcase Stage!

So excited for the many great shows we have lined up at the Ameren Festival Showcase Stage!

Marigold Women's Golf Outing

Below are the results from the August 23rd Marigold Women's Golf Outing.  Unfortunately, the storms put a damper on the event held at Parkview Golf Course.  But we still have winners!

Twenty-four teams finished their round and were flighted based on their scores.  The remaining 11 temas were randomly drawn to complete the final two flights.

The Hole Contests Winners…
                Hole 3 – Longest Putt – Linda Abts  (golf for 4 @ Sunset Hills Golf Club)
                Hole 8 – Closest to the Pin – Sharon Rose (golf for 4 @ Sunset Hills Golf Club)
                Hole 12 – Long Drive – Angie Flannigan (golf for 4 @ Parkview Golf Course)
                Hole 17 – Closes to the Pin – Lucy Elliott (dozen golf balls donated by Pekin Insurance)

We are still looking for the winners of two more prizes...Hole #5 for Longest Putt and Hole 10 for Closest to the Pin.

You can also see pictures from this event at:  http://picasaweb.google.com/PekinChamber


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Thank you to our many sponsors of the Marigold Festival!

Excalibur Seasonings
East Court Village
Illinois American Water
Liberty Village of Pekin
Pekin Community Bank
Preston Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory
Homefield Energy
Pekin Hospital First Aid Tent
Golf Cart Sponsors UnityPoint Health

Along with our many other great sponsors!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Southside Bank Art In The Park

We have over 200 vendors lined up and ready to display their Arts and Crafts at the Southside Bank Art in the Park in just 16 days!!!!

Pepsi Medallion Hunt Starts Monday!

With the announcement of the disclaimer, you know the Pepsi Marigold Medallion Hunt is close at hand.  The first clue will be released at noon on Monday, August 25th.
You can read the disclaimer and find the clues (starting at noon on Monday, August 25th) at: http://medallionhunt.blogspot.com.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Pepsi Marigold Medallion Hunt and iTV-3 Kids Experience

It is almost time to start releasing hints for the Pepsi Marigold Medallion Hunt keep checking the blogsite for new hints starting Monday, August 25th!

Don't forget to take the kids to all the fun and exciting events happening at the iTV-3 Kids' Experience area!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Illinois’ Top Doc Issues Five Health Tips for Festivals

If you’re planning to visit an outdoor summer festival, Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck offers the following five health tips.

“We want people to enjoy their visit to the state fair, as well as other outdoor events. These tips will help everyone avoid some of the more common hazards associated with the summer season,” Dr. Hasbrouck said.

#1 - Wear sunscreen: Applying sunscreen is a quick and easy thing to do, and all skin types need protection from the sun. For the most effective protection, be sure to apply your sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside and then reapply every two hours. Unprotected skin can be damaged by the sun’s harmful rays in as little as 15 minutes, yet it can take up to 12 hours for skin to show the full effects of sun exposure. Wear a sunscreen with at least a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher, and one that has both UVA and UVB protection.

#2 - Stay Cool: Sunburn and heat exhaustion are the most common heat-related conditions.  However, prolonged heat exposure can lead to heat stroke, which can be fatal. A person can suffer from heat exhaustion or heat stroke after spending too much time in the heat, indoors or out, or from overexposure to direct sunlight. Along with increasing your intake of fluids, wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. Also be aware of the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

A person suffering from heat exhaustion will be sweating heavily and their skin will be cool and wet. Symptoms also include dizziness, nausea, or a flushed complexion. If these symptoms are present, move the person to a cooler place; remove or loosen tight clothing; apply cool, wet cloths; and give cool water to slowly drink. A person suffering from heat stroke will have hot, dry skin, hallucinations, chills, high body temperature, confusion/dizziness, a throbbing headache, and slurred speech. If a person is suspected of having heatstroke, seek medical attention immediately.

#3 - Wear Insect Repellent: Protect both you and your family from mosquito bites – and the risk of West Nile Virus (WNV) – by ensuring that everyone has on insect repellent. Mosquitoes that typically carry WNV are stealthy biters and you may not notice them. Repellents found to be the most effective include those that contain DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR 3535.

#4 - Drink Water: Make an extra effort to drink at least six to eight, 8-ounce glasses of liquids a day. Try to avoid caffeinated and alcoholic beverages, as well as those with large amounts of sugar, since they may lead to dehydration.

#5 - Wash Your Hands: With everything from corn dogs to cotton candy to eat, and horses and hogs to see and pet at the fair, you’ll want to make sure you properly wash your hands.  Wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.  Dry your hands using a disposable paper towel whenever possible. Turn off the water with a paper towel and then throw the towel away.  If soap and clean water are not available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizing liquid to clean your hands. Alcohol-based hand gels significantly reduce the number of germs on skin and are fast acting.

Following these simple steps can make your visit to a summer fair or festival a healthier and happier one.

$15 ICPR Family Practice Carnival Bracelets!

Again this year we have a limited number of discounted tickets for wristband night for the ICPR Family Practice Carnival. Wristband night is Thursday, September 4th from 5:30 to 9:30pm. The cost is $20, but we have 100 available for just $15. They will go on sale on Monday morning (August 18th) at 8:30am at the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce, 402 Court Street. No phone calls...in person sales only, while the supply lasts.

New Activity For Festival Goers!

We are excited to see all the amazing talent displayed during the Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest sponsored by NRG Powerton Generating Station! Be sure to join us for this event on Sunday, September 8th!!! 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Marigold Festival Run with the Saints 5k Run/Walk

Applications are now available for the Pekin Marigold Festival Run with the Saints 5K Run/Walk. It will be held on Saturday, September 6th, at 6 a.m. - 9 a.m. in Coal Miner's Park. Applications are available here.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

2014 Subway Miss Marigold Pageant

Congratulations to Abbey Carroll who was crowned Miss Marigold at the 2014 Subway Miss Marigold Pageant.  Abbey also won the community service award.  First runner up was Anna Dunn.  Second runner-up was Kylee Alexander.  Alyssa Fabry won the congeniality award, voted on by the pageant contestants.  The rest of the pageant court includes Leah Huss, Marissa Oesch, Rachel Thorne, Cassidy Savage, Charlee Caudill, and Lexi Sapp.  You can see pictures from this event at:  http://picasaweb.google.com/PekinChamber

2014 Subway Miss Marigold Pageant Rehearsal

Pictures from the Friday night rehearsal for the Subway Miss Marigold Pageant can be found at:  http://picasaweb.google.com/PekinChamber 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Little Mr. & Miss Marigold Pageant

The Little Mr. & Miss Marigold Pageant is no longer accepting applications. We wish the best to all contestants!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Parade Applications Available

Applications and rules for the 2014 Marigold Festival Parade Sponsored by Herget Bank are now available.  You can pick one up at the chamber office (402 Court Street) or download it here:

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Southside Bank Art In The Park Space!!!!

Space for South Side Bank Art in the Park is very limited. If you already have an application you will want to submit that immediately. Spaces will be distributed on a first come first serve basis. No more applications will be mailed.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

2014 Little Mr. & Miss Marigold Pageant Entry Forms Available

The Little Mr. & Miss Marigold Pageant will be held on Sunday, August 3rd, 2014. Registration forms are now available by download here, or at the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce's office at 402 Court St. Deadline for registration is July 26th.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Miss Marigold Applications Now Available

Contestant Applications are now available for Subway's Miss Marigold Pageant 2014!!!!! Pick up yours at the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce (402 Court St) or in the principal's office at PCHS!
Completed applications must be returned to the Chamber by Tuesday, May 27th at 4:30 PM. Click here to get a copy of the application. 

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Free Marigold Seeds Available!

Spring has FINALLY sprung! It’s time to get our flowers in the ground and help bring color into our community! The Chamber would like to help you do that by offering FREE Jedi Orange Marigold Seeds on a first come first serve basis.  There are 500 packets available and you can pick them up at the Pekin Chamber office at 402 Court St., or at the Pekin Daily Times 306 Court St. A special thanks to AMERISEED for the generous donation of seeds.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

2014 Pekin Marigold Grand Marshal Nominations Now Being Accepted

The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for Grand Marshal of the 2014 Pekin Marigold Festival. This annual honor is presented by the Marigold Festival Committee to recognize a local resident (or couple) who has given freely to the betterment of our community. For more information click here.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

2014 Marigold Festival Theme / Celebrity Announced

            You can expect to see plenty of camouflage at the 2014 Pekin Marigold Festival. Drawing upon one of cable TV’s most popular shows, and Pekin’s unique history of river sports, the Marigold Festival committee announced the theme of the 2014 festival will be “Marigold Dynasty.”

            The festival committee also announced the festival’s celebrity guest will be Tim Guraedy, better known as Mountain Man on A & E’s Duck Dynasty.

            “Our committee is very excited about the possibilities of this year’s theme,” said Greg Ranney, chairman of the Marigold Festival Committee. 

            “With our rich river history, the P.S. Olt duck calls, local decoy carvers, Pekin Reels, and a tie to television’s hottest show, we think our festival will be very popular,” Ranney said.

            Duck Dynasty star Tim Guraedy is best known to the show’s millions of hard-core fans as Mountain Man, the slow-talking air conditioning repairman/radio host who is a neighbor to the Robertsons, the Louisiana family that made a fortune from its best-selling duck calls, and around which the show is based.

            Mountain Man is the only semi-regular cast member who is not a Robertson family member or employee of Duck Commander.

            Duck Dynasty has become A&E’s most-watched series in the network’s history. The February 27, 2013 two-episode Season 3 premier tallied 8.6 million viewers, making it the most-watched telecast in network history.

            Guraedy lives in Monroe, LA, the small town made famous by Duck Dynasty and Duck Commander. Guraedy’s weekly radio show on local station Z107.5, Big Z Country has become popular all over the globe, with people tuning in via the Internet to hear Mountain Man’s delightful mix of common sense, sports, music – and usually a Bible verse or two.

            The Marigold Festival committee is still finalizing plans, but anticipates Mountain Man will ride in the parade and be available for autographs and photographs during the festival weekend. This is a formula that has worked well for the festival in recent years.

            “People from all over central Illinois have really enjoyed the opportunity to meet our celebrities,” said Ranney.

            Last year Daniel Logan and Tom Kane were the guest celebrities. They both have ties to the Stars Wars movies. Other memorable celebrities who have made a Marigold appearance included actress Cindy Williams, actors Jerry Maren and James Best, and William “The Refrigerator” Perry.    
            The committee is working with the local chapter of Duck’s Unlimited to host an antique duck decoy and duck call display in the Mineral Springs Park Pavilion. They also hope to coordinate a duck calling contest on the Mineral Springs Park lagoon.

            Pekin’s duck calling roots run very deep. In 1904, the P.S. Olt company was founded in the Pekin area, and their duck and goose calls became arguably the most popular call models of all time. Due to Philip S. Olt’s innovation and the popularity of his calls, he is considered the "Father" of the manufactured call.

            “I’m anxious to see the Marigold Dynasty theme carried throughout the festival, especially in the parade,” said Ranney.

            The Pekin Marigold Festival was first held in 1973 as a way to honor one of Pekin's favorite sons, Senator Everett Dirksen. While in Congress, Dirksen championed the cause to make the marigold the national floral emblem. While unsuccessful in his efforts, his hometown of Pekin soon became known as the Marigold Capital of the World. 

            A dedicated group of volunteers serve on the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce’s Marigold Festival committee. They work year-round to plan and organize the annual community festival.

            The Pekin Marigold Festival is always the first weekend after Labor Day. The 2014 festival will be on September 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th.