Pekin marigold festival


The 2017 Marigold Festival was a great success and lots of fun for all! Looking forward to seeing what events the 2018 festival has for the community!

Marigold Festival Wine Tasting

Presented by Pekin Country Club

Pekin Country Club hosted the 2017 Marigold Festival Wine Tasting on Thursday, September 7th from 5pm until 8pm, the cost was $10 for entry. Tickets were available at the Chamber office, 402 Court St.

Top Dog

Sponsored by the Tazewell Animal Improvement of Life Society

Top Dog was held at the Dog Park at Mineral Springs Park, Thursday, September 7th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. Congratulations to the 2017 Top Dog, Molly and owner Micaylan!!!

Run with the Saints 5K Run/Walk

Sponsored by St. Joseph Catholic School

5K Run and Fun Run for all ages. The race began at 7:30am on Saturday, September 9th, at Coal Miner's Park.

Sand Volleyball Tournament

Presented by Illinois River Valley Special Recreation Association

The tournament was held at the Sand Volleyball Court in Mineral Springs Park on Saturday, September 9th, 8:30am - Dusk/Finish.

Ritchart's Mobile Zoo

Presented by Ritchart

The Mobile Petting Zoo was open Saturday, September 9th, from 9:00am - 6:00pm, and Sunday, September 10th, from 9:00am - 5:00pm.


Rock Climbing Wall

Presented by Upper Limits

The Rock Climbing Wall was unavailable for 2017. We look forward to having them back for 2018.

Lagoon Golf

Presented by Pekin Kiwanis Club

Lagoon Golf was located at the Lagoon on Saturday, September 9th and Sunday, September 10th, from 11:00 am - 4:30 pm.

Dunk Tank

Presented by Schaeferville Fire Protection Department

The Dunk Tank was open, Saturday, September 9th, from 11:00am - 5:00pm, and Sunday, September 10th, from 11:00am - 4:00pm. The Dunk Tank was located on Royal Avenue.


Marigold Breakfast

Presented by Don Bohlander Parkinson's FundRACERS

Breakfast was held on Sunday, September 10th, from 8:00am - 11:00am at the Pekin Moose Lodge #916.


Little Mr. & Miss Marigold

Under the direction of Jackie Montgomery

Applications are now available for the Little Mr. & Miss Marigold Pageant.
Download the application here.

You can also see the latest news on the Pekin Marigold Festival blog at

General Information

We're here to help you enjoy your Marigold Experience!

Hold n' Load

For a donation, they hold your packages while you continue to shop. Great for those large items or when your hands get full! Look for Hold n' Load in the Handicap Parking Lot (see festival map). This will take place Saturday & Sunday during Art in the Park hours. Thank you to Illinois River Valley Special Recreation Association for adding this service to the Marigold Festival attendees.

First Aid Station

Thank you to UnityPoint Health - Pekin for sponsoring the First Aid Station.

Nursing Mothers/Changing Station Tent

UnityPoint Health - Pekin is sponsoring a nursing mothers/changing station tent on September 9th & 10th. The tent will afford privacy to nurse or to change our littlest festival attendees.

Free Parking

First United Methodist Church will be opening their parking lot at 1315 Court St. for Marigold Festival patrons. They will also have free bottled water and a hospitality tent.

Free Shuttle

North Parkway Assembly of God will be offering a free shuttle service every 1/2 hour from Northside Community Center at 715 N. 11th, and it will run to the Royal Ave. Shelter.

Thanks To Our Additional Festival Supporters

Excalibur Seasoning
East Court Village
Homefield Energy
i3 Broadband
Illinois American Water
Liberty Village of Pekin
Preston Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory

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