Pekin Marigold Festival: A Taste of Marigold

This year’s Pekin Marigold Festival, “A Taste of Marigold” will be a little different this year due to the pandemic.  Unlike many other annual area festivals, the Marigold Festival WILL take place although in a modified way.

For instance, there will be no carnival, Miss Marigold Pageant or Art in the Park because of restrictions by the state.  But many of the mainstays will happen including the Parade.  It will take place on Saturday, Sept. 12 beginning at 9 am in Mineral Springs Park but will be a “drive thru” meaning that instead of the floats rolling past you in a static position (like on a lawn chair for example), you drive through the floats another parade participants and view them in your vehicle.  Sponsored by Busey Bank, to register as a participant, email [email protected]  The full parade route will be posted on Wednesday, September 9 at

The Medallion Hunt is another of the elements of the Festival that will continue this year.  It began on Monday, August 31st with clues being posted on the Marigold Festival Facebook page at  The winner will receive $1500 in cash in addition to the actual Medallion as well as bragging rights.

The Festive Foods portion of the Festival will also look different:  again, due to state restrictions due to COVID19, the 13 non-profit organizations from the Pekin area will have food available for curbside pick up at the First United Methodist Church Parking lot.  Located at 1315 Court Street in Pekin, the Festive Foods area will be open Saturday, September 12 from 11  am – 4 pm and Sunday, September 13, 2020 from Noon – 4 pm.  This is the largest fundraiser annually for many of the non-profit organizations and is sponsored by Pekin Insurance.

A new feature this year is the Drive-In Movies that will take place during the Festival in Mineral Springs Park.  On Friday, September 11 the movie “Sing” will be shown and on Saturday, September 12, the movie “Ghostbusters” will be shown.  Gates open at 6:30 pm and the movies will begin at 7:30 pm.  Admission is $20 per car and includes a large goodie bag with popcorn, candy and water all presented by Dan Pfeifer State Farm in Pekin.  You can purchase your tickets in advance at

The Chalk Walk will be held on Sunday from Noon – 4 pm on the sidewalk around the Lagoon in Mineral Springs Park.  Sponsored by NRG Energy – Powerton Generating Station, cash prizes will be awarded to artists who participate.  To register to be an artist in this event, visit

The Kids Experience will be a virtual one this year with packet pickup available on Saturday, September 5 at Vonderheide’s Floor Covering at 105 N. 14th St. from 10 am – 12 pm and Vonderheide’s building at 290 Derby St. from 2 – 4 pm. Activities will be posted on the Festival Facebook page daily beginning Monday, September 7 through Sunday, September 13.  This event is sponsored by Vonderheide’s Floor Covering as well as the Tazewell County Health Department, the Pekin Public Library and the YWCA.

For more details about the 2020 Marigold Festival, visit