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Pekin Marigold Festival

Sept. 4th-8th, 2024

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SEPTEMBER 4-8, 2024

PEKIN MARIGOLD FESTIVAL

The Marigold Festival began in the 1973 to honor Pekin native, Senator Everett McKinley Dirksen. The Senator played an influential role in the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and it is with great pleasure the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce continues to hold the festival in his honor. 

While in Congress, Dirksen championed the cause to make the marigold the national floral emblem. While unsuccessful in his efforts, his hometown of Pekin became known as the Marigold Capital of the World. The Pekin Marigold Festival is held annually on the first weekend after Labor Day.

The festival has grown to showcase area businesses, community outreach programs, and serves as a fundraising platform for area non-profits.

2024 Pekin Marigold Festival Grand Marshal

Each year, nominations are accepted from the community for the coveted title of Grand Marshal of the Pekin Marigold Festival. This tradition dates back to the first festivals in 1973 and 1974, when Mrs. Louella Dirksen was honored. Today, the nominees are selected based on their contributions to the Pekin community. Nominees should demonstrate their passion and dedication by giving generously of their time and talent to a variety of charitable and community organizations and activities.

Miss Marigold Pageant

2024 Miss Marigold Pageant, Sponsored by Dan Pfeifer State Farm Saturday, August 10, 2024 at 7:00 PM                                                        F.M. Peterson Theatre at Pekin Community High School

Purchase tickets here: https://www.simpletix.com/e/2024-miss-marigold-pageant-tickets-173916

Meet our 2024 pageant contestants, see the pageant history and purchase your tickets to this years event.

Marigold Merchandise

Get your official 2024 Marigold Merchandise!

Merchandise tent will be available during the festival, and at the Chamber office prior to the festival. Merchandise online releases will be posted to Facebook each month throughout the summer.

Friday Night Concert

Band announcement coming soon!

Friday, September 6 at 6PM
Avanti’s Event Center

Marigold Festival Committee

The Pekin Marigold Festival is managed by a dedicated committee of community volunteers, a committee of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce.

2024 Pekin Marigold Festival Committee Members

JASON JUCHEMS • BRANDON BURLING • JOSH HAFLIGER • CARSON SMITH • CHARLES ROBERTSON • JACOB BRISBIN • KENDRA BURLING • ROSE SMITH • AMY MCCOY • SHANNON TEBBEN • TERRI GAMBETTI • MOLLY BOOK • LIBBI HILL • MEGHAN INNIS • BAYLEE GAMBETTI • AMY HASTY • AMELIA SCHUREMAN • KATELYN POWELL • VALERIE SPRINGBORN • HEATHER FERRO

Officers

BAYLEE GAMBETTI – CHAIRMAN
VAL SPRINGBORN – CHAIRMAN ELECT
MEGHAN INNIS – VICE CHAIR
CHARLES ROBERTSON – PAST CHAIRMAN
AMY MCCOY – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

New Events

Iron Spirit Pro Wrestling

North end of Pavilion Drive

Saturday, September 7
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Sunday, September 8
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Cardboard Boat Race

The much loved event is back Saturday, September 7

Check In at Boat Dock Between
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Race Begins
3:00 PM

Schedule of Events

(COMING SOON)

August 10th, 2024

MISS MARIGOLD PAGEANT

The Miss Marigold Pageant focuses on awarding a $3,000 scholarship to savvy, goal oriented, aware young women from our community. Contestants will compete in the areas of interview, community service, on-stage question, talent and evening gown.

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REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

MARIGOLD GOLF OUTING

The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to host the Marigold Golf Outing! Join us for an afternoon of fun, networking and fellowship. Prizes will be awarded. Mulligans available. Get your foursome together and plan to join us!

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JIMMY JOHN'S MARIGOLD MEDALLION HUNT

"A Community Obsession". Every year at the end of August, Pekin's amateur detectives and determined sleuths prepare for the Pekin Marigold Festival Medallion Hunt.

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REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

ART IN THE PARK

Likely the most anticipated event of the Marigold Festival, Art in the Park returns this year with a vendor line up that is sure to keep you excited through every turn!

Shop Saturday, September 7th from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and again Sunday, September 8th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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SATURDAY AT 10AM

MARIGOLD FESTIVAL PARADE

A Marigold Festival Tradition, beginning at 14th and Broadway and continuing downtown to Capitol St.

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FESTIVE FOODS

Did you know Festive Foods is actually a fundraising event? All of our Festive Food vendors are nonprofit organizations. We're returning this event to the grassy area near the Royal Ave Shelter. Shop Saturday, September 7th from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and again Sunday, September 8th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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WRISTBAND PRE-SALES COMING THIS SUMMER

CARNIVAL

That's right! The carnival is also returning for all four days of the festival with a bracelet night kick-off. The carnival is located West of the Arena. Shop Saturday, September 7th from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and again Sunday, September 8th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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CEFCU MARIGOLD MUGS

SOUVENIR MUGS & SODA STATIONS

Grab a cold drink and a souvenir mug at the soda stations located in Art in the Park. Show your mug to any station and receive a discounted price on refills!

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REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

CHALK WALK

Walk along the Mineral Springs Lagoon and see our area artists at work! This newer event has chalk drawings from all age groups and boasts a not-to-miss display of talent.

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LANTERNS AVAILABLE DURING FESTIVAL

LAGOON GLOW

This demonstration is nostalgic and where #marigoldmemories are made. The Lagoon Glow will have lanterns available for purchase during the festival. Write a memory or wish on your lantern, or honor a loved one. The lanterns will be cast into the lagoon at dusk.

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FUN TIMES AHEAD

KIDS EXPERIENCE

Come check out the coolest place for kids in the park! With activities, freebies and more. The fun starts at 10:00 a.m. and lasts until 3:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. This is a free event for children.

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REGISTRATION NOW OPEN THROUGH AUGUST 31ST

COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT

Standing alongside Art in the Park, Community Spotlight showcases services and groups within the Pekin area that offer outreach initiatives, nonprofit services and more. Check out how these business and organizations serve our communities!

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Did you know...

The first Marigold Festival was held in 1973 to honor Pekin's favorite son, Everett McKinley Dirksen.

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