Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Now Accepting Parade Applications

 Now Accepting Parade Applications

The 2021 Marigold Festival Parade Applications are now available!


The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce has published the Marigold Festival Parade applications on their Marigold Festival webpage. A traditional parade route is planned for Saturday September 11th beginning at 10:00 a.m. The parade will being at 14th Street and Broadway intersection. 


The Marigold Mile will precede the parade this year along the same route, with registration opening soon. 

A special thank you to our parade sponsor, Busey Bank! The parade is a highly attended event that showcases so much of what our community has to offer. 

To download a parade application click here.


 

Friday, June 11, 2021

2021 Grand Marshals are Selected

  

Marigold Festival Announces Grand Marshals

Greg and Gloria Ranney are Selected as 2021 Marigold Festival Grand Marshals

 

The Pekin Marigold Festival is proud to announce Greg and Gloria Ranney as the 2021 Grand Marshals. Greg and Gloria truly represent the best of our community. In-line with this year’s theme of “Marigolds Shine On”, Greg and Gloria have been a bright spot within Pekin for a number of years with their intense commitments to community programs.

 

Greg and Gloria Ranney, Pekin, IL
In 2020, Greg Ranney worked tirelessly to organize and open the new Pekin Outreach Center location: a daytime shelter for people experiencing homelessness. During a world-wide pandemic, creating a shelter that offered access to showers, laundry and adequate nutrition to a poverty level population was critical and a much-needed service in our community. Greg has volunteered with an extensive number of Pekin area organizations including TCRC, Pekin Rotary Club, Salvation Army, Pekin First Committee, Pekin Transportation Committee, and Pekin Grace United Methodist Church. He has served as a Pekin Park District Commissioner, an Illinois River Valley Special Recreation Pekin Park Board Representative, Executive Director of the Pekin United Way and the Vice President of Pekin Outreach Initiative.

 

Greg Ranney’s nomination reads, “Greg would be the first to tell you that no one succeeds alone.” As his long-time guide and advisor, Gloria Ranney has inspired her husband with her well-known past career as a highly respected local teacher and administrator. She has numerous volunteer commitments within the Pekin area, notably the Leadership in Snack Pack Program, delivering several hundred nutritional snacks every week for low-income district 108 students. Among her other commitments are the Grace CafĂ© Food Pantry, shift work with Pekin Outreach Initiative and helping Greg with all the aforementioned projects.

 

The title of Grand Marshal designates an honorary position within the festival. While duties of a Grand Marshal are all for fun, the title itself represents a strong dedication to the betterment of Pekin. Greg and Gloria have made an outstanding commitment to our community, and it is with great pride we announce their selection.

 
More About Pekin Marigold Festival: The Pekin Marigold Festival, hosted by the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce, will be held September 9-12, 2021. This year’s festival marks a return of many anticipated events such as the Marigold Festival Parade sponsored by Busey Bank, annual carnival sponsored by Commerce Bank, Art in the Park sponsored by Vonderheide Floor Coverings and more. The Marigold Festival showcases community programs, supports local non-for-profits and features local entertainment and merchandise vendors.

 

For the latest information about The Marigold Festival, visit the blog or see updates on the Facebook and Instagram pages.

 

Media Contact:
Brittney Hogue

Communication Coordinator
Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce

309-346-2106

brittney@pekinchamber.com

 

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Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Friday, August 28, 2020

2020 Pepsi Marigold Medallion Clue #1 Released Monday, August 31

 Here we go!!  Clue #1 to be released on Monday, August 31 at Noon! 

The official disclaimer for the 2020 Pepsi Marigold Medallion Hunt – Changes have been made due to the unintended destruction of property in recent years.  Please be attentive and protective of all property.

 
The Pepsi Marigold Medallion WILL be found on PUBLIC property—either within or contiguous to city boundaries, or property owned by a Pekin public body. 


It is NOT hidden in any seasonal plantings or landscaping in Mineral Springs Park or elsewhere, on any golf course, inside the PCHS stadium’s fenced area, inside the Dragonland fenced area, inside any school facility, or on the property of the Pekin Archery Range or the UAW High rise.  While it might be hidden on school property, it will not be hidden in shrubs, bushes, or plantings immediately against the schools. The Medallion is NOT hidden within the landscaping at the Pekin Public Library or in close proximity to the Pekin Federal Prison's perimeter fence. 


Hunters do not need to dig up or climb up to find the Medallion. It may be carefully camouflaged or hidden within something easily accessible and not requiring disassembly. The chosen hiding place is always selected with safety and accessibility given the highest consideration. 


Finally, be on the watch for Poison Ivy and Poison Oak, and PLEASE, be respectful of others' property as well as your fellow hunters. 


For the latest clue or updates, please visit http://medallionhunt.blogspot.com or on Facebook at Pekin Marigold Festival or call the Pepsi Marigold Medallion Hunt hotline at 346-HUNT.


Good luck!

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Marigold Festival Committee to host Business After Hours

You will not want to miss this special Business After Hours hosted by the Pekin Marigold Festival Commitee. Kick off Marigold Festival weekend on Thursday, September 10, 2020 from 5-8 pm at the Pekin Country Club. Tickets are just $10 and include appetizers and wine tasting.

Don't miss this opportunity to network with fellow chamber members and community leaders.  You'll also enjoy refreshments, door prizes, and information from our host, the Marigold Festival Committee.

Registration can be found here.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Marigold Festival Names Mary Haynes the 2020 Grand Marshal

The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce Marigold Festival Committee is pleased to announce Mary Haynes as the 2020 Marigold Festival Grand Marshal.  One nominee states that she sees Mary as “a real go-getter who loves her community.”  She further applauds Mary’s unwavering support of the business community in Pekin.  Another nominee states “she is a positive person that tirelessly promotes Pekin businesses.”

Mary is a retired nurse working at both Pekin Hospital and Schramm School.  She currently owns Kountry Nook and Craft Mall located in downtown Pekin. Mary’s customers find her welcoming and friendly as they enjoy her shop.  Mary also runs the Small Biz Pekin Facebook page and has nearly 1500 followers on that page. Mary diligently promotes Pekin businesses on her page.  

Mary serves on the Pekin Main Street Committee and has promoted Fourth Fridays in Pekin events.  The Marigold Festival Committee is proud to extend this honor to Mary Haynes.  

This annual honor is presented by the Marigold Festival Committee to recognize a local individual or couple that has given freely to the betterment of our community.  The recipients have demonstrated their passion and dedication by giving generously of their time and talent to a variety of charitable and community organizations and activities.  

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Pekin Community Bank Showcase Stage

Thank you to Pekin Community Bank for sponsoring the Showcase Stage at the 2019 Pekin Marigold Festival!!

Friday, September 6, 2019

CEFCU Soda Stations

Thank you to CEFCU for sponsoring the Soda Stations at the 2019 Pekin Marigold Festival!

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Lagoon Glow Sponsored by East Court Village

Thank you to East Court Village for sponsoring the Lagoon Glow at the 2019 Pekin Marigold Festival!

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

USA Patriots Sponsored by Kouri's Pub

Thank you to Kouri's Pub for sponsoring the USA Patriots at the 2019 Pekin Marigold Festival!

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Marigold Festival Parade Sponsored by Busey Bank

Thank you to Busey Bank for sponsoring the Marigold Festival Parade at the 2019 Pekin Marigold Festival!

Homefield Energy

Thank you Homefield Energy for supporting the 2019 Pekin Marigold Festival!


Monday, September 2, 2019

Commerce Bank Carnival

Thank you to Commerce Bank for sponsoring the Carnival at the 2019 Pekin Marigold Festival!

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Chalk Walk Sponsored by NRG Powerton Generating Station

Thank you to NRG Powerton Generating Station for sponsoring the Chalk Walk at the 2019 Pekin Marigold Festival!

Friday, August 30, 2019

Pekin Insurance Festive Food Court

Thank you to Pekin Insurance for sponsoring the Festive Food Court at the 2019 Pekin Marigold Festival!

Homefield Energy

Thank you Homefield Energy for supporting the 2019 Pekin Marigold Festival!


Thursday, August 29, 2019

Pepsi Marigold Medallion Hunt

Thank you to Pepsi for sponsoring the Marigold Medallion Hunt at the 2019 Pekin Marigold Festival!

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Art in the Park Sponsored by Vonderheide Floor Coverings

Thank you to Vonderheide Floor Coverings for sponsoring Art in the Park at the 2019 Pekin Marigold Festival!

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Unity Point Health Community Spotlight

Thank you to Unity Point Health for Sponsoring the Community Spotlight at the 2019 Pekin Marigold Festival!

Monday, August 26, 2019

Shuttle Bus Sponsored by Peoria Limousine

Thank you to Peoria Limousine for sponsoring Shuttle Bus at the 2019 Pekin Marigold Festival!

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Ameren Illinois

Thank you Ameren Illinois for supporting the 2019 Pekin Marigold Festival!

Friday, August 23, 2019

i3 Broadband

Thank you i3 Broadband for supporting the 2019 Pekin Marigold Festival!

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Illinois CancerCare

Thank you Illinois CancerCare for supporting the 2019 Pekin Marigold Festival!

Illinois American Water

Thank you Illinois American Water for supporting the 2019 Pekin Marigold Festival!

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Liberty Village of Pekin

Thank you Liberty Village of Pekin for supporting the 2019 Pekin Marigold Festival!

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Preston Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory

Thank you Preston Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory for supporting the 2019 Pekin Marigold Festival!

Monday, August 19, 2019

CEFCU Soda Stations

Thank you to CEFCU for sponsoring the Soda Stations at the 2019 Pekin Marigold Festival!

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Lagoon Glow Sponsored by East Court Village

Thank you to East Court Village for sponsoring the Lagoon Glow at the 2019 Pekin Marigold Festival!

Saturday, August 17, 2019

USA Patriots Sponsored by Kouri's Pub

Thank you to Kouri's Pub for sponsoring the USA Patriots at the 2019 Pekin Marigold Festival!

Friday, August 16, 2019

Marigold Festival Parade Sponsored by Busey Bank

Thank you to Busey Bank for sponsoring the Marigold Festival Parade at the 2019 Pekin Marigold Festival!

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Commerce Bank Carnival

Thank you to Commerce Bank for sponsoring the Carnival at the 2019 Pekin Marigold Festival!

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Kids Experience Sponsored by Big R of Pekin

Thank you to Big R of Pekin for sponsoring the Kids Experience at the 2019 Pekin Marigold Festival!

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Chalk Walk Sponsored by NRG Powerton Generating Station

Thank you to NRG Powerton Generating Station for sponsoring the Chalk Walk at the 2019 Pekin Marigold Festival!

Monday, August 12, 2019

Pekin Insurance Festive Food Court

Thank you to Pekin Insurance for sponsoring the Festive Food Court at the 2019 Pekin Marigold Festival!

2019 Miss Marigold Pageant

Congratulations to the 2019 Miss Marigold Queen, Sarah Wynn.  She was crowned at the Miss Marigold Pageant on Saturday, August 10th.  Also, congratulations to First Runner Up Julia McCammon, Second Runner Up Kadee Allenbaugh and Court members Chloe McCabe, Jaslyn Rettke and Piper Simpson.  You can see more pictures from this event at:  https://photos.app.goo.gl/PnquxwfYf9UFvrsX8

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Pepsi Marigold Medallion Hunt

Thank you to Pepsi for sponsoring the Marigold Medallion Hunt at the 2019 Pekin Marigold Festival!

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Art in the Park Sponsored by Vonderheide Floor Coverings

Thank you to Vonderheide Floor Coverings for sponsoring Art in the Park at the 2019 Pekin Marigold Festival!

Friday, August 9, 2019

Unity Point Health Community Spotlight

Thank you to Unity Point Health for Sponsoring the Community Spotlight at the 2019 Pekin Marigold Festival!

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Shuttle Bus Sponsored by Peoria Limousine

Thank you to Peoria Limousine for sponsoring Shuttle Bus at the 2019 Pekin Marigold Festival!