Pekin marigold festival


Playing at the Pekin Community Bank Showcase Stage

Special thanks to all of our 2017 Showcase Stage Performers!

By the Book

Saturday, September 9th 11:30 am - 12:15 pm

Enjoy praise and worship from "By the Book" of Bridgeway Church. The folks at Bridgeway call themselves Hopetimists: Those who believe that the world isn't as it should be, but God is busy making it as it ought to be!

Pekin Community High School Noteables Show Choir

Saturday, September 9th, 12:30pm - 1:00pm

The Noteables Show Choir has been spreading Pekin Pride through song and dance since 1977. They are an auditioned group made up of singer/dancers, combo and crew members who are always full of energy and look forward to bringing all of it on stage when they are performing.

Suzuki Strings

Saturday, September 9th, 1:15pm - 2:30pm

There is a long tradition of string education in the Pekin Public School District. The district has been the home of Pekin Suzuki Strings since 1973. Students can begin learning violin or cello in kindergarten or first grade. Fourth graders can begin in a traditional string program. String students have the opportunity to experience many different styles of music. In addition to several different levels of orchestra there is the HONORS Ensemble (jazz, rock and classical) and the Prairie Star Fiddlers. Groups are available to perform at local community and special events. Call 477-4774 for more information.

The Holdouts

Saturday, September 9th, 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

The Holdouts are a group of Midwest music makers looking to shake the foundations of modern day country music. With influences that range from Cash, Waylon, and DAC to the sounds of Metallica, Megadeth, and Alice and Chains they will never be afraid or shy away from criticisms or backlash. If you're tired of the same old song and dance from the same old pickers than you might want to stick around for The Holdouts.


Saturday, September 9th, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

ComaToasted is a 5 piece band that loves all types of music and claim influences from Pink Floyd, Doors, Mad Season, Albert Collins, Foo Fighters, Merle Haggard, Black Stone Cherry, Neil Young, Tom Petty, Alice In Chains, Nine Inch Nails and James Brown. They hope you  can relate to their passion and artistic influences in the arrangements and performances played. ComaToasted - Rock with a “twist”… and maybe a swig or two!

Worship Service

Sunday, September 10th, 10:30 am - 11:45 am

The Marigold Festival is proud to present the church family of Pekin First Church of the Nazarene - along with representatives of other area churches - to provide our Sunday Morning Community Worship Service together in the beautiful park setting. This special annual service will bring together churches from Pekin to unite around music, singers, instrumentalist, various voices in scripture, testimony and a special kids' message. The service is inclusive of all Christian denominations, all are welcome to attend as an uplifting way to celebrate the spirit of community pride fostered by the Marigold Festival.

Wildlife Prairie Park

Sunday, September 10th, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

A live animal educational program using various animals from the park. If the weather is over 85 degrees, the program will feature the Hero Program with reptiles and mammals. If temperatures are under 85 degrees Birds of Prey Program. Following their time at the Showcase Stage, they will move to Kids' Experience!

Elvis (Lee Hall)

Sunday, September 10th, 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm

A crowd favorite, Elvis will be in the building (well, on the stage) once again this year. Lee Hall is perhaps best known in our area for his 32-year career as a sportscaster at WEEK-TV. His love affair with Elvis and his music goes back to 1973 when he saw Elvis' "Aloha" concert on TV. Lee did his first public Elvis performance on the St. Bernard's 8th grade bus trip to Six Flags back in 1977. Now Lee is in his 17th year as an Elvis entertainer and he's opened for Eddie Money, Ricochet, American English and Shania Twain. He performs at nursing homes, county fairs, conventions and private parties. His "Gospel Tribute to the King" concerts have raised over $13,000 for St. Jude.

Brian Dennison

Sunday, September 10th, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

After just a few lines, you know Brian Dennison's music will keep your feet tappin'. Dennison's infectious blend of country rock brings to mind many of today's contemporary country artists, but with an irreverant and self-deprecating attitude. Like Merle Haggard and Johnny Cash before him, Dennison sings about the gritty and glorious times of his life in equal measure, and in the words of every man.

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