Pekin Marigold Festival Selects Winning 2022 Medallion Design

    Pekin Community Selects Winning 2022 Pekin Marigold Medallion Design A medallion designed by recent PCHS graduate Curtis Cook will represent the 2022 Pekin Marigold Medallion Hunt.  Pekin, IL May 18, 2022 - The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce congratulates recent Pekin Community High School graduate Curtis Cook for his winning Pekin Marigold Medallion design.  Nearly one dozen fused glass artworks were submitted to the Pekin Marigold Festival Committee, with finalists posted for a live poll on the festival's social media. All potential medallions were designed by PCHS art students, a tradition started just more than a decade ago.  Curtis began art classes with the high school in his freshman year, focused on completing the program and attaining an independent study course offering. Glassworks however was the class he most looked forward to. His design centers around a Pekin icon: the Mineral Springs Lagoon dragon paddle boat. The medallion is a "full fused glass" appro

Pekin Marigold Festival Announces Theme of 2022 Festival

    50 th Pekin Marigold Festival Will Be Held This Fall, September 8 th – 11 th   Pekin Marigold Festival announces theme of 2022 Festival: “Back in Time: 50 Years of Marigold Memories.”   Pekin, IL - On September 8 th – 11 th the Pekin Marigold Festival will celebrate its 50 th year honoring Senator Everett Dirksen. This year’s theme, “Back In Time”, will reflect on how the Pekin Marigold Festival has become a cherished tradition in the Central Illinois region. Beloved by his hometown, Pekin hosted the first festival in 1973 as a celebration of the late Senator’s legislative legacy. The Pekin Marigold Festival was named after Senator Dirksen’s love for marigolds, and to this day Pekin is recognized as the Marigold Capital of the World. Senator Dirksen was most known for his key roles in passing the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (1963), the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and the Open Housing Act of 1968. Chairperson of the 2022 festival, Brandon Bu

Two Miss Marigold Queens to Compete for Miss Illinois in 2022

  Two Miss Marigold Queens to Compete for Miss Illinois in 2022   2021 Miss Marigold Elisabeth Sandoval and 2019 Miss Marigold Sarah Wynn will compete for the 2022 Miss Illinois title this summer.   Pekin, IL May 5, 2022 - For the first time in known history, two Pekin native women will compete alongside each other for the title of Miss Illinois in June. Reigning 2021 Miss Marigold Elisabeth Sandoval will compete for the first time, representing the community of Pekin and the Pekin Marigold Festival. 2019 Miss Marigold Sarah Wynn will compete for the second time, representing the title of 2021 Miss Blackhawk Valley this year.   Elisabeth Sandoval, Miss Marigold 2021 Miss Illinois, the official state final to Miss America, was first held in 1927, with four Miss Illinois winners succeeding to win a Miss America title since. Miss Illinois has won more Miss America titles than any other competing state in the history of the organization. The Miss America Organization has served

Marigold Festival Committee Seeks Nominations for the 2022 Grand Marshal

CONTACT Amy McCoy, Executive Director COMPANY Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce PHONE 309-346-2106 EMAIL WEB   Marigold Festival Committee Seeks Nominations for the 2022 Grand Marshal   Pekin, IL – March 21, 2022 — The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce Marigold Festival Committee has opened the nominations for Pekin Marigold Festival Grand Marshal.   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.     Nomination deadline is May 17, 2022. The Nomination Form link is available at or on Facebook @PekinMarigoldFestival.   For additional information, contact the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce at inf

2022 Pekin Marigold Festival Art in the Park Vendor Registration is Now Open!

 2022 Pekin Marigold Festival Art in the Park Vendor Registration is Now Open! Pekin, IL-   Registrations for Art in the Park have begun! If you are a local art or craft vendor looking for an opportunity to show and sell your work, the Pekin Marigold Festival invites you to register today.  2022 marks the 50th year of the festival. This annual event attracts over 15,000 people to Mineral Springs Park during the second weekend of September! Art in the Park is a unique event in that it showcases vendors who exclusively create  their items. All items have a "hand-crafted" element.  Each year the Festival Committee also releases a souvenir booklet for the festival, with distribution in the thousands. The booklet includes a centerfold map of the park and Art in the Park vendor location/information. Register before May 1, 2022  to be included in the publication. Vendors are organized in the informative section by an overall category selected in registration.  A 12' x 12' bo

Pekin Marigold Festival Announces 2022 Festival Chairperson: Brandon Burling

  Pekin Marigold Festival Announces 2022 Festival Chairperson   Brandon Burling has been selected to serve as chairperson to the 50 th Pekin Marigold Festival, held September 8 th through 11 th .     Pekin, IL- Meet Brandon Burling: your 2022 Pekin Marigold Festival Chairperson! A lifelong resident of Pekin, Brandon Burling has served on the festival committee for four years.    “With this being the 50 th festival, the committee and I want to deliver an experience which is talked about for years to come,” says Brandon. “We want to invite all attendees to remember those past Marigold Memories they treasure while also creating new ones to build on for years to come.”     Brandon enjoys seeing Pekin residents come out and celebrate Dirksen’s legacy each year, all while supporting local organizations and reconnecting with the community. He serves on the Pekin Marigold Festival Committee with his wife Kendra and loves to see the committee’s nearly year-long planning come to l

Parade Line Up Announced!

The Pekin Marigold Festival is quickly approaching!!  The 2021 Pekin Marigold Festival Parade Sponsored by Busey Bank line-up will be as follows, and subject to change. Participants with vehicles should enter the route from Parkway Drive onto Broadway Road. Walking participants should be dropped off between 14th Street and Parkway Drive, as parking is not available. The parade ends near Court and Capitol Streets in downtown Pekin.  Contact Terri Gambetti at 241-0715 with any questions!  Line up # Title 1 Marigold Mile 2 Pekin Police Department 3 Tazewell County Sheriff's Office--Sheriff Jeffrey Lower 4 Advanced Medical Transport 5 Pekin Firefighter's Local 524 Honor Guard 6 Tazewell Area Ceremonial Team 7 Busey Bank - Parade Sponsor -Kim Rohlwing 8 2020 Marigold Festival Grand Marshal -