Monday, September 12, 2016

Parade Winners

Congratulations to the award winners in the 2016 Pekin Marigold Festival Parade Sponsored by Busey Bank:

  • Fist Baptist Church - Busey Bank Traveling Trophy
  • New Beginnings Fellowship in Christ - Busey Bank Parade Sponsor Award
  • Pekin Hospital - Chamber President's Award
  • First Pekin Savings Bank - Grand Marshal's Award
  • Pekin Insurance - Festival Chairman's Award
  • Artistic Community Theater - 2016 Miss Marigold Queen's Award

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Marigold Mug Shot

Weather Update: Art in the Park / Civic Collage

As of 3pm today, Art in the Park and Civic Collage vendors will not be able to drive vehicles off of paved surfaces and up to their booths for loading and set-up on Friday.  It is also extremely doubtful vendors will be able to drive to their booths on Saturday morning, especially if we receive the rain that is in the forecast for Friday.

If we don't get the forecasted rain, there is a chance vendors will be able drive to their booth for load out on Sunday night.

We recognize that this will be a challenge for some of our vendors, and we appreciate your patience and understanding as we deal with Mother Nature.

Please be sure to check-in before setting up your booth.

Thursday Night Marigold Events

As of 3:00pm today, the weather is not expected to impact tonight's events. 

The Commerce Bank Carnival is scheduled to be open for bracelet night as scheduled...5:30 to 9:30pm.

Also, the Dogs on a Catwalk begins at 6pm (registration starts at 5:30pm) near Dog Park in Mineral Springs Park.

And the Marigold Wine Tasting runs from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at Pekin Country Club.  Tickets are $10.

Marigold Festival Parking

Parking can sometimes be a challenge during the Marigold Festival.  The year parking will be even more of a challenge.  With all of the heavy rain, many of the fields that were used for parking will not be available - they are soggy with a lot of standing water. 

Paved parking is available in the Arena parking lot and the lot immediately east of the Park Admin building. 

The large parking lot between Coal Car Drive and Pavilion Road is for handicap parking only.  Only vehicles with official handicap placards will be allowed to park in this lot.

There will be parking for vendor trailers in the field off Stadium Drive near Parkway Drive. 

And, Pekin Insurance has made their parking lot on the corner of Parkway and Broadway available to public parking on Saturday and Sunday.

Shuttle buses provided by Peoria Limousine will make continues stops at all of these parking lots from 8am to 6pm on Saturday and 8am to 5pm on Sunday.

Festive Food Weather Update

Due to the heavy rain this morning, and the anticipated additional rain, the Pekin Insurance Festive Food Court will be moved east, down Royal Avenue near the Royal Avenue picnic shelter.  All of the food vendors (except the popcorn stand) will be moved to this new area.  The load-in will actually be much easier for our food vendors.  All food vendors need to meet with Josh at the Royal Avenue picnic shelter (before setting up) for their assigned space.

Again, we appreciate everyone's patience and understanding as we deal with Mother Nature.   

Thursday Morning Marigold Festival Weather Update

Mineral Springs Park received nearly 2-inches of rain overnight, leaving several areas of the park with deep standing water.  Additional rain, sometimes heavy, is expected through Friday night.  As of right now NO VEHICLES WILL BE ALLOWED OFF OF THE PAVED SURFACES IN MINERAL SPRINGS PARK.  This includes Art in the Park, Kids Experience, Civic Collage, Festive Foods and all grass parking areas. 

The Marigold Festival Committee will meet this afternoon to discuss options for events that will be affected by the heavy rain.  We know many vendors and the public have questions.  We will post more information here as it becomes available.

We appreciate everyone's patience and understanding.  Despite Mother Nature's best efforts we will stay focused on our goal - to host a safe and fun Pekin Marigold Festival.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Parade Line Up

Here is the line up for the 2016 Pekin Marigold Festival Parade, sponsored by Busey Bank.

1 Pekin Police Department
2 Tazewell County Sheriff's Office
3 Pekin Firefighter's Color Guard
4 Tazewell County Ceremonial Team
5 Busey Bank - Parade Sponsor
6 Marigold Festival Grand Marshal Judith Streid
7 Pekin Community High School Marching Dragons
8 PCHS Cheerleaders
9 Miss Marigold - Jordan Finneran
10 Miss Marigold 1st & 2nd runner up
10 Miss Marigold Court
10 Miss Marigold Court 
10 Miss Marigold Court
10 Miss Marigold Court
11 Marigold Festival Chairmen - Jeff Lange
12 Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce President - John Franks
13 Pepsi Marigold Medallion Hunt Winner - Christie Gray
14 Pekin Mayor John McCabe
15 Pekin Fire Department & Pekin City Councilmen
16 Marigold Festival Celebrity Guest - Lee Smith
17 Ray Dennison Chevrolet
18 Pekin Community Softball Association
19 Pekin Lette's Softball
20 Mid Illini Bandits 14 & Under
21 Broadmoor Cheer & Poms
22 Pekin Junior High Band
23 Edison Jr. High Cheer & Poms
24 Timbercreek Rehab. & Health Care
26 Brady's Carpet Cleaners
27 Friends in Harmony
28 Aerial Athletics
29 Commerce Bank
30 Tazewell County Medical Society
31 Trinity Lutheran Church
32 Crimestoppers
33 Midwest Central High School Band
34 Pekin Police Explorer Post 400
35 U. S. Army Recruiting
36 New Beginnings Fellowship in Christ
37 Faith Baptist Christian School
38 Porter Electric  
39 The Haunted Infirmary  
40 Schaeferville Fire Protection District
41 Bridgeway Community Church
42 Bethel #55 Pekin Job's Daughters
43 Pekin Lions Club
44 City Church
45 Pekin Park District School of Tumbling/Cheer/Dance
46 Midwest Central Middle School Band
47 Goodwill of Central Illinois
48 Living Alternatives Pregnancy Resource Center
49 Bond Eye Associates
50 Farmers Insurance
51 God and Country Independent Baptist
52 Pekin Amateur Hockey Association
53 Tazewell County Democrats
54 Squad Monkeys Customs
55 Maloof…ing For a Cure / Jim Maloof Realtors
56 Pekin Knights of Columbus
57 John Evans Supportive Living
58 Little Mr. & Miss Marigold - Baby Miss 8 mo. & 9 to18 mo.
59 Little Mr. & Miss Marigold - Baby Mr. & Tiny Mr. Marigold
60 Little Mr. & Miss Marigold - Tiny Miss & Petite Miss Marigold
61 Little Mr. & Miss Marigold - Little Mr. & Little Miss Marigold
62 Little Mr. & Miss Marigold - Junior Miss & Teen Miss Marigold
63 Little Mr. & Miss Marigold - Pre-teen Miss Marigold & Lifetime Queen
64 Little Mr. & Miss Marigold - Overall Supreme Winner
65 Beverly Manor Junior High School Band
66 Miss Tremont
67 American Patriot Tree Services
68 Dragon Aquatics
69 Big City Shuttles
70 Tazewell County Republicans
71 Big R

73 Girl Scout Troop 4687
74 Girl Scout Troop 4185
75 Girl Scout Troop 4635
76 Girl Scout Troop 4414
77 First Baptist Church
78 Kiddos Kloset Resale Shop
79 Good Shepherd Lutheran School
80 Hair Cuttery
81 Manual Academy Band
82 Pekin Cub Scouts
83 Pekin Hospital
84 Rankin Junior High Cheer
85 Tazewell County 4-H Queen
86 Fides Chapter - Demolay
87 Cumulus Media - WFYR Nash FM - 97.3
88 The HOPE Chest
89 Abbas Grotto Fire Patrol
90 Artistic Community Theatre of Pekin
91 Coryell Remodeling
92 Pekin Motorcycle Club
93 First Pekin Savings Bank
94 PCHS Noteables Show Choir
95 Pekin Insurance
96 Regis Corporation
97 Enjoy Peoria / Peoria Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
98 Roanoke-Benson High School Band
99 Pekin Paintball Park
100 Heroes, Inc.
101 Kuk Sool Won of Pekin
102 Tazewell Humane Society
103 Paddy O'Flaherty's
104 Pekin Relay for Life
105 Cumulus media - WGLO 95.5
106 Pekin Public Library
107 St. Jude Pekin To Peoria Run
108 Sprint @ Radio Shack 
109 Midas Auto Service Experts
110 Washington Middle School Marching Panthers
111 Hallmark House Nursing Center
112 Cricket Wireless
113 Peoria Prowlers Roller Derby
114 WBNH
115 All American Siding, Windows & Doors
116 Town & Country Baptist Church
117 Women's Association of the Pekin Marine Corps League
118 Jimbo's Jumbo
119 Advanced Media Partners
120 WXCL 104.9 The Wolf / Alpha Media
121 Advanced Medical Transport
122 Pekin Boys & Girls Club
123 Liberty Village of Pekin / Pekin Manor & Pekin Estates
124 Advantage Auto Sales
125 Cumulus Media - WIXO 105.7 The X
126 Carpenters Local 237
127 Millwright Local Union 1051
Jerry Berardi
Classical Dance Academy
129 Dreamscapes Landscaping
130 South Pekin Fire Department
131 Cumulus Media WZPW - Peoria's 92.3
132 Nolan Heitzman
133 Randy Stauthammer
134 Parkin Farms Pulling Team
135 Central Illinois Tumbling & Trampoline

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Q & A Session with Lee Smith brought to you by Ray Dennison Chevrolet

Thank you to Ray Dennison Chevrolet for sponsoring the 2016 Marigold Festival Q & A Session with Lee Smith.

Mr. Smith will be answering questions on Saturday, September 10th from 1:00pm - 1:30pm at the Pavilion.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Cruise In Presented by Midas Auto Service Experts

Thank you to Midas Auto Service Experts for sponsoring the 2016 Marigold Festival Cruise In!!

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Saturday, September 3, 2016

UnityPoint Health Golf Cart Sponsor

Special thanks to UnityPoint Health for being our 2016 Marigold Festival Golf Cart Sponsor.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Carnival Moved

Due to the soggy conditions in Mineral Springs Park, and the concern about potentially more rain before the festival, the Commerce Bank Carnival will be moved this year to the paved parking lot behind the Pekin Park District Administration Building.  Many people still refer to this as the old pool lot.  This will also require closing parts of Coal Car Drive and Recreation Drive north of the Administration Building.

Vehicles that used to park in the old pool lot can now park in the grass of ball diamonds 4 & 5 where the carnival would have been located.  At this point that area can handle vehicle parking but would not be able to support the weight of the carnival vehicles.

Two shuttle busses sponsored by Peoria Limousine Company and Pekin/Peoria Yellow Checker Cab will run continuously from 8:00am to 6:00pm, Saturday and Sunday stopping at posted locations.

Jimmy Johns Family Disc Golf Tournament

Visit Plastic Addicts Event Page to register for the 2016 Jimmy Johns Family Disc Golf Tournament. 

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Run With The Saints 5K Run

5K Race/Walk                                                      
Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 7:30 am
And Kids (10 and under)1/4 Fun Run    
Course: Paved Bike Trail at Pekin’s Coal Miners Park


REGISTRATION: Make checks payable to: St. Joseph School. 

Mail or drop off to St. Joseph School, 600 South 6th Street, Pekin, IL 61554
$20.00 for race entries postmarked before September 3rd   
$25.00 after September 3rd and race day registration at Coal Miners Park from 6:30 - 7:15 am (T-Shirt not guaranteed)
$10.00 for Youth 16 & Under; No charge for Kids Fun Run (Not T-shirts for Kids Fun Run)

Ribbons will be awarded to all Fun Runners

Questions: or (309) 347-71

Please no animals during the race.

Packet pick-ups will be available on race day

Get more info and download the registration form here:

South Side Bank Art In The Park

The 2016 Marigold Festival South Side Bank Art in the Park will be held Saturday, September 10th & Sunday, September 11th. We are no longer accepting applications for the 2016 festival, but to be put on a list for next years application packet, email or call 309-346-2106.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

CEFCU Soda Station

The 2016 commemorative CEFCU Marigold Mugs are now available! You can pick them up now at the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce, 402 Court St., Pekin, or you can find them at the CEFCU Soda Stations!

Pekin Insurance Festive Food Court

The Marigold Festival takes great pride in offering the food concessions to nonprofit organizations. For many of these groups, this is their biggest fund raising event of the year. Most of the Festive Food booths are located in Mineral Springs Park, across Pavilion Road between the pavilion and ball diamond #1.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Pekin Hospital First Aid Tent

Special thanks to Pekin Hospital for providing the festival with a First Aid Tent!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest sponsored by NRG Powerton Generating Station

Commerce Bank Carnival Wristbands

The Commerce Bank Carnival will be open on:
  • Thursday, September 8th, 5:30pm to 9:30pm (Wristband Night)
  • Friday, September 9th, 5:00pm to 11:00pm
  • Saturday, September 10th, 11:00am to 11:00pm
  • Sunday, September 11th, 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 7th 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).

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Commerce Bank Carnival

The 2016 Marigold Festival Commerce Bank Carnival will be operating on the following schedule:

Thursday, September 8th - 5:30pm - 9:30pm Bracelet Night
Friday, September 9th - 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Saturday, September 10th - 11:00am - 11:00pm
Sunday, September 11th - 11:00am - 5:00pm

Friday, August 26, 2016

Marigold Festival Parade Sponsored by Busey Bank

Come enjoy the 2016 Marigold Festival Parade brought to you by Busey Bank! The parade will begin Saturday, September 10th at 10:00 am! 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

EnviroSafe Celebrity Tent

Come out on Saturday, September 10th, to meet Lee Smith at the EnviroSafe Celebrity Tent. Lee Smith will be signing autographs from 2:00pm - 5:00pm.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Pekin Community Bank Showcase Stage

Come out to the 2016 Pekin Marigold Festival September 10th and 11th and enjoy all the live entertainment taking place at the Pekin Community Showcase Stage!!!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Women's Marigold Golf Outing

Forty-two players were up on Saturday morning for the Women's Marigold Golf Outing.  You can see pictures of all the players and the results at:

Monday, August 15, 2016

Subway Miss Marigold Pageant Rehearsal

Thanks to Bill Homel for these great pictures from Friday night's rehearsal for the Subway Miss Marigold Pageant.  You can see them here:

Monday, August 1, 2016

Tickets for the Subway Miss Marigold Pageant now Available

Tickets for the 2016 Subway Miss Marigold Pageant are available at the Chamber office. Tickets are $10 each.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016