Monday, August 31, 2015

Sand Volleyball Tournament presented by Parkside Athletics

The Sand Volleyball Tournament will take place, Saturday, September 12 at 8:00 a.m. (Sunday, September 13 rain date only). It will be held at the Pekin Park District Sand Volleyball Courts. This event is open to anyone over 18 years old. Click here to see more details and get an application.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Ritcharts Petting Zoo

Ritcharts Petting Zoo is returning to the Pekin Marigold Festival this year! They will be located by the Kids' Experience. Stop by and visit all the great animals they bring to the festival each year. They will be open Saturday, September 12th,  9:00 AM - 6:00 PM and Sunday, September 13th 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Civic Collage

Be sure to stop and visit the organizations in our Civic Collage area! 


Friday, August 28, 2015

Marigold Wine/Beer Tasting

Kick off the Marigold Festival weekend at the Pekin Country Club's Marigold Wine & Beer Tasting 

Run With the Saints

Running with the Saints applications are now available here as well as on the Pekin Marigold Festival Facebook page!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Autograph Signing Session with Frank Fritz Celebrity Tent on Pavilion Drive

Frank Fritz, star of the HISTORY Channel hit show American Pickers, will be the celebrity guest at the 2015 Pekin Marigold Festival. The theme for this year’s festival is Pickin’ the Perfect Weekend.  Fritz will ride in the Marigold Festival Parade sponsored by Busey Bank on Saturday, September 12th. He will also be available for pictures and autographs at the Enviro-Safe Refrigerants Celebrity Tent on Saturday and Sunday.   

Fritz started picking early; collecting rocks and beer cans as a kid. As his collection of “staples” grew, so did his knowledge of antiques.

For many years, he worked as a fire and safety inspector, leaving his passion for antiques, junk and anything with an engine as a hobby. Soon enough, he discovered that his keen eye and attention to detail led to finding more than just junk – he was finding treasure amongst trash – a revelation that allowed him to turn a hobby into a career.
He now spends most of his time on the road with his partner Mike Wolfe, digging for treasure in barns, garages and junkyards across America on the HISTORY Channel’s hit show, American Pickers.

Even-tempered and affable, he has a way with potential sellers and a knack for putting out fires: Wolfe calls him the bearded charmer.

With their complementary personalities and shared love of picking, Frank and Mike make the perfect team.

The Pekin Marigold Festival was first held in 1973 as an event to honor Pekin native and U.S. Senator Everett Dirksen and his love of the marigold. It has grown into a community celebration spanning several days and locations. 

The festival is planned and coordinated by a Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce committee of 18 volunteers. The dates of the 2015 Marigold Festival are September 10-13. It is held annually the weekend after Labor Day.

Friday Night Family Fest

Friday Night Family Fest will be held on Friday, September 11th, 2015 from 5pm - 10pm. The festivities will be held downtown around the Courthouse. There will be several unique food and snack vendors, youth activities, PLUS live entertainment by The Brazillionaires. The annual community talent show will also be taking place this evening!
For more information please call Pekin Main Street at 353-3100 or visitwww.pekinmainstreet.com.

Prairie Star Fiddlers

Prairie Star Fiddlers, Saturday, September 12th, 1:15PM - 2:00PM 
The Prairie Star Fiddlers are a select group of the Suzuki String program from Pekin School District #108. The group is comprised of violinists, violists, a bass, and a banjo. Students range in age from 8 years old through high school. Prairie Star Fiddlers play throughout the year for retirement centers, nursing homes, church groups, and other community events. Their repertoire includes American fiddle tunes, Irish tunes, bluegrass, gypsy fiddling, waltzes, polkas, gigs, and reels. We are proud to showcase some of Pekin's talented young people and you won't want to miss this fun performance!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Julie K at Pekin Community Bank Showcase Stage


Julie K - Saturday, September 12th, 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM 
Encouraging familes to laugh and sing together has been a mission for Julie K! Her inspiration to creat age appropriate children's music that families could enjoy together was the birth of her son and a bucket list message at her church. Julie K's original albums include, "A Sunny Day" (2009) "Animal Party" (2010) "Family Love" (2012) "Happy Day"(2014) and "Julie K Christmas" (2014). Her first four albums have received national acclaim, including Creative Child Album of the Year, Dove Approved, Parents Choice and Dr. Toy Awards. In 2013 Julie K was recognized with the Forty Leaders Under 40 and the 25 Women in Leadership Awards. Music has played a significant role in Julie K's life since the age of five when she spent her time arranging backyard performances for the neighborhood. She continued singing her way through high school and college and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in vocal performance from Rollins College in Florida. After returning to Peoria she began her own business teaching music and movement to children and families and then with the production of her albums, she began performing concerts sharing her own music.

Pekin Hospital First Aid Station

Pekin Hospital will have a First Aid Station open and available both Saturday and Sunday for those accidents that may happen.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Marigold Festival Carnival

The Pekin Marigold Festival Carnival will be open on
Thursday, September 10th, 5:30pm to 9:30pm (wristband night)
Friday, September 11th, 5:00pm to 11:00pm
Saturday, September 12th, 11:00am to 11:00pm
Sunday, September 13th, 11:00am to 5:00pm
Wristband night is Thursday (unlimited rides from 5:30pm to 9:30pm) and the cost is $20 per person.
Regular tickets prices are a $1.25 each or a family pack of 20 tickets for $20.  All rides take at least two tickets.
Thanks to C.D.A.C., Inc. we have a limited number of wristband vouchers for sale for $15.  These are available at the chamber office until 4pm on Wednesday, September 9th or until they are gone (whichever comes first).  The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce is located at 402 Court Street and is open from 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday (closed on Labor Day).

Monday, August 24, 2015

Marigold Festival Garden Contest

Congratulations to the winnners of the 2015 Marigold Garden Contest!!

Adult Category 
First Place  - Kevin, Amy & Courtney Psinas

Second Place - Mr. & Mrs. Jim Gilmore


Youth Category
First Place - Ginsey Campbell

Second Place - Aliyah King

Business Category 
First Place - First Baptist Church of Pekin

Second Place - Hoe & Hope Garden Club 


Pekin's Top Dog sponsored by PCHS Key Club

Is your pooch the next Top Dog? This is sure to be a Guaranteed Doggone good time for furry and not-so-furry friends. Free to enter, Fun to Watch! So pick up the Pooch and bring him out Thursday, to the area just west of Dragonland for a tail-waggin great time! No pre-registration necessary. Your doggie may enter as many contests as they choose.

Categories Include:

  • Largest Dog
  • Cutest
  • Smallest Dog
  • Trick
  • Best Costume
  • Longest Ears
  • Best Vocal

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. (A Marigold Festival Event)
For more information, call 347-PARK.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Marigold Festival Wine & Beer Tasting at Pekin Country Club

Thursday, September 10th, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM, there will be a Marigold Festival Wine & Beer Tasting at Pekin Country Club. There will be a charge for this event.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Pet-Free Zones

The Marigold Festival Committee has instituted a “pet free zone”. This includes all areas from Court Street north of Royal Avenue and from Coal Car Drive west to 14th Street. It also includes the carnival area. Thank you for your cooperation.

Marigold Medallion Clues

Monday, August 31st the first Pepsi Marigold Medallion Hunt clue will be released. Check out our blog for daily clue releases or on the Pekin Marigold Festival Facebook page!! Happy Hunting!!!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

8th Annual Marigold Festival Women's Golf Outing

The 8th Annual Marigold Festival Women's Golf Outing will be held on Saturday, August 22nd, 2015 at Parkview Golf Course! Good luck to all of our lady golfers!!!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

CEFCU Marigold Mugs Now Available

Stop by the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce today and pick up your 2015 CEFCU Marigold Mug for just $3. We are located at 402 Court St., Pekin  

NRG Powerton Generating Station 2015 Chalk Art Contest

The applications for the NRG Powerton Generating Station 2015 Chalk Art Contest are now available!!!

Carnival Wristband Ticket Special

The Pekin Marigold Festival Carnival will be open on:

  • Thursday, September 10th, 5:30pm to 9:30pm (Wristband Night)
  • Friday, September 11th, 5:00pm to 11:00pm
  • Saturday, September 12th, 11:00am to 11:00pm
  • Sunday, September 13th, 11:00am to 5:00pm

Regular ticket prices for the entire festival are $1.25 per ticket or a family pack of 20 tickets for $20.  All rides take at least two tickets.

Wristband's for Thursday (unlimited rides between 5:30pm and 9:30pm) are $20 per person.

Thanks to C.D.A.C., Inc. we have a limited number of wristband vouchers for sale for $15.  These are available at the chamber office until 4pm on Wednesday, September 9th or until they are gone (whichever comes first).  The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce is located at 402 Court Street and is open from 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday (closed on Labor Day).